(HARBESON, Del.) – From St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England to St. George’s Chapel in Harbeson, Bishop Michael Curry delivers the same message about love. Just over a year after Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding, he comes to Harbeson to preach to a much smaller audience.
“We need churches like this who are radically welcoming,” says Bishop Curry during his sermon Sunday morning.
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church shares a similar message in Harbeson to the one he delivered in England.
This smaller St. George’s Chapel is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year. Co-Chair of the celebration committee, Dan Reed is just one member of the congregation hearing the same message. “The whole world needs love and we need to work together,” he says.
“There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can,” are the words Bishop Curry spoke at the wedding last May.
St. George’s Chapel Interim Rector Mariann Babnis explains how the same meaning is interpreted here.
“He talks about love. A lot of his gospels are centered in love, so that translates to any language and period and church,” she says.
“Even when you can’t speak the same language, people are people and the human heart is the human heart,” Bishop Curry says. “The truth is, we were all made by the same god.”
Spreading this idea of love is not the only reason Bishop Curry is here. He was invited to help the church celebrate it’s 300th year.
Co-Chair of the celebration committee, David Risseeuw says this idea came about three years ago. “We asked to be on his calendar before he was world famous.”
Bishop of Delaware, Kevin Brown is also present at the service and celebration. He says part of the reason why the Gospel has lasted for 2,000 years is that it reaches everywhere. “You may change the language, but the message itself translates large or small,” he says.
That same message can be translated in Harbeson, England, and around the globe.
“Love God and love each other and you’ll find a way to make a better world,” says Bishop Curry.
St. George’s Chapel has unique services planned every month this year to celebrate their 300th year.