September 2, 2018 - End of Summer

The unofficial end of summer occurs tomorrow with Labor Day. 

The planets and sun don’t agree with us, but for our purposes schools begin again, vacations come to an end, and the days begin to shorten.  (With a little luck the heat and humidity will disappear until 2019.)  Here at Trinity a couple of things occur in terms of our worship.  We return to a fuller liturgy, bringing back the Collect for Purity and Gloria in excelsis for our verbal opening, and saying a confession that is separate from the Prayers of the People.  You will also notice that we have ended our hearing of the David and Solomon saga as our first reading.  There are many incidents in the life of this major figure that we did not cover, but the lectionary includes all the “high points.”  The lectionary returns to its thematic choices that do not follow any particular pattern from one Sunday to the next.  This will continue through the fall until we begin with the “biographic” half of the liturgical calendar on Advent I which follows Jesus’ life from pregnancy to death, resurrection, and ascension.

As Sarah and I spend much of our time preparimg for Gracie’s wedding, the Vestry continues to move forward on a couple of important projects: the installation of an oven hood, and the sale of the vacant lot.  We are also mindful of Joe and Edna’s wedding preparations for one of their sons on September 8.  Lots top celebrate!


August 26, 2018 - Why I Volunteer at a Nursing Home

This afternoon I will take my regularly scheduled turn at Ten Broeck nursing home, conducting their 2 pm Protestant service. 

I led the service two weeks ago, but that was substituting for another pastor who had to cancel.  The list of the pastors who lead worship there is not lengthy. 

It’s a fair amount of work, preparing the worship bulletin, printing them, preparing a sermon (not always what I preach here that same morning) then driving to Ten Broeck Sunday afternoon when most pastors are ready to put their feet up following a busy Sunday morning at their respective congregations.  It is also strictly volunteer.  So I can see why many clergy decline participation. 

I do it to honor my departed mother-in-law as I remember how much she appreciated the worship services at her nursing home.

For the most part, the people who come have been faithful church participants their whole lives, and the prayers, hymns, and readings are a big part of their support and spiritual lives.  Now that they are no longer able to attend their home parishes I feel it important to bring “church” to them.  If I ever end up in a nursing home I hope some good-hearted pastor comes to lead worship… I can critique their sermon!

During the week I helped arrange a meeting between our Vestry and Bishop Glasspool to discuss what happens here when the “step-down” program comes to an end. (December 31, 2019.)  I will not attend that gathering since it is a matter for the parish leadership and diocesan representatives.

Finally, Sarah and I were away Thursday and Friday to visit our new grandson in New Hampshire.  It’s a long trip but totally worth it.

August 5th, 2018 - Life after a broken bone

Life continues to be a bit slower for me than normal because of the broken bone in my right hand. I got another x-ray Monday afternoon and it appears to be healing nicely so there is a light at the end of this tunnel.  When people ask me the inevitable “What happened?” I’ve started telling people that I had to smack a misbehaving parishioner.  Most people know I’m kidding.

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