A Sermon (Dennis Aubrey)


It is not often that one hears words that emanated from ones own self read publicly by another voice. It is even more rare to hear them spoken so movingly. Pastor Gordon Stewart of Shepherd Of The Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, Minnesota incorporated our “Elle Chante, Pere” post into his sermon last Sunday. If you are interested, here is a link to that sermon.

Basilique Sainte Madeleine, Vézelay (Yonne) Photo by Dennis Aubrey

9 responses to “A Sermon (Dennis Aubrey)

    • Thanks, Harushi. PJ and I are so lucky to be able to do this work and it is something that moves us every day. Would love to see you sometime, but we don’t get out that way very often. Do you ever come to the East Coast?

  1. Words are not enough to convey the thanks for the spiritual meaning you have given on this good Friday. What a gift to have sat in that church in France, and receive His grace. That you share your story with the world through the sermon…
    I don’t know what it is about the old churches…that they somehow capture His sprit and hold it within it’s stone for it’s visitors…something that is difficult to grasp in the modern ones.
    Thank you again for the Easter gift. Peace to you…

    • Thank you for your kind words. Gordon Stewart’s sermon was very powerful and moving. I particularly liked the way that he emphasized “Father” in “She sings, Father … ” My heart went out there. Vézelay is a gift to both PJ and myself, and the Madeleine has been very generous to us personally. We will be buying a home within a few miles of the basilica, most likely in the small adjacent town of Asquins. As far as the spirit that can be captured by these stones, who can ignore the echo of a thousand hallelujahs?

      • You are very welcome! Asquin sounds lovely–how wonderful to be so close. I would love to make it to that part of France some day–having only been to Strausburg and Lyon. I do recall a beautiful cathedral in Strausburg…have you photographed that one? I will look for it on your site. Have a wonderful triduum.

  2. Oh, that sermon was very moving. I can’t imagine how you feel, having unknowingly written a sermon for this pastor. Bravo, Dennis. It’s true, the very stones will ring out, or for you they will sing out.

    • Thanks, Trish. It was a moving experience to hear Gordon Stewart read the sermon and to hear my words.

      Also, I made the post mistakenly; it was still a draft. Sorry. But it will be a wonderful read, a guest post from the distinguished architect Jong-Soung Kimm on Saint Michael’s of Hildesheim.

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