Today’s sermon was the second of two I preached this summer at Village Church in Cummington with the Greenwood Music Camp. This means that there were 70-ish high schoolers in the congregation, contributing their musical talents through instrumental performance and song.
The reading for this worship service came from Walt Whitman:
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
(Its about 15 minutes long.)
The written version of this sermon can be found here.