This is kind of a milestone for me today. It’s my 500th sermon that I’ve preached to you here at LPC. And on this Memorial Day weekend as I begin, I want to share a couple of memories from one of our country’s greatest allies … Winston Churchill.
Here is the first: At the age of 91, just a few months before his death, Churchill was invited to give a commencement address. He looked awful and he had to be helped to the podium. Everyone waited in silence for his first words. He spoke: “Never give up! Never give up!” Then he turned and sat down. The audience rose with admiring applause. How inspiring! A speech we can all remember: “Never give up!”
Here is the second story: Churchill carefully planed his funeral, which, as I said, followed shortly after that famous commencement address. In St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, every part of the service was memorable. At the end of the service, a bugler stood on the balcony and played Taps … notes that signal the end of the day. Just as people were wiping away their tears, from higher in the sanctuary, another bugler stood and played Reveille: “It’s time to get up, it’s time to get, it’s time to get up in the morning.”
“Never give up!” “Time to get up!”
No … I’m not done. But these two phrases will guide the rest of the sermon today. And I hope it is memorable...Read full sermon here (PDF)