The Gospel for this Sunday, John 14.1-14, begins with that well-known passage, a favouite at funerals: 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places....' And: 'You know the way to the place where I am going....I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'
There is surely no more beautiful attempt to expand this idea, no more perfect sermon, than George Herbert's poem 'The Call', circling around as it does to the ultimate final statement of the word Love. And there is surely no more sensitive setting of Herbert's poem than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams in the Five Mystical Songs.
This week, Alana Hayes sings this for us, accompanied by Emily Markwart, our Sutton Organ Scholar:
And here is a link to some thoughts on this poem by Jim Gordon, posted during Lent, but still relevant.