Every pew was filled at St. Anne's Episcopal Church as the Most Reverend Michael Curry, who is the Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United States and who recently delivered the sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, served as the guest preacher on Dec. 2.
Bishop Curry spoke to the congregation about the beginning of the Advent season and how it marks three comings — that of Jesus' birth, his coming into the heart of a person and also his future return.
"(Jesus) gave his life willingly to show us this is what love does," Curry said.
Curry encouraged the crowd to follow Jesus' example and be motivated by love to help others.
"There is no good that has been done in human history out of selfishness," Curry said. "People who sacrifice, people who care about others ... they are reflecting the love of God."
The Christian faith is built on the love of God, neighbors and yourself, Curry said.
"It can heal your relationships, it can heal our stumbling democracy, it can heal our nation and it can heal our world," Curry said.
Bishop Michael Miliken, Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas, served as Celebrant for the Eucharist
John Helmer, senior warden at St. Anne's, said he was pleased to see nearly 90 people turn out for the service.
"Bishop Curry preached a very good sermon," Helmer said. "I think a lot of people really enjoyed his message."
After the service, Curry visited with people at a reception and signed copies of his book, "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus.
"It was just a wonderful day," said Kristi Fowler, a member of St. Anne's.
Curry also officiated the ordination to Bishop of Father Mark Cowell, Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas on Dec. 1 at Christ Cathedral in Salina. Cowell will replace Miliken, who retired on Dec. 2.
For more information about St. Anne's Episcopal Church, located at 105 W. Sutherland in McPherson, call 620-241-0298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.