Sermon for Edmund James Peck – Br. David Allen

Here is the sermon that I preached Wednesday noon at the Monastery.  In the beginning I had thought that I would give a very brief account of Fr. Peck’s life and work and then speak more extensively about what the Japanese theologian, Kosuke Koyama had said about the “Great Commission” not being just “go” on mission, but “go therefore” in the spirit of Jesus’ sacrificial offering on the cross.  But as I wrote I realized that would introduce too many distracting themes, and miss the point of honoring the pioneer mission work of Edmund Peck among the Inuit in Northern Canada.  I did incorporate the idea of “go therefore”, but I concentrated on the main theme.

davidallen_11 Jn 5:6-12 / Mt. 28:16-20

The life of Edmund Peck is a good example of the work of the Holy Spirit.

He began life in a worker’s tenement in Manchester, England and entered the Royal Navy while still a child, something quite common in those times. Read More