Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday (St Theodore of Tarsus)


  • Let a two-hour Zoom seminar, with about a dozen participants--part three of a four-part series--on Pastoral Liturgy, this session focusing on the Eucharist.
  • Took my sermon-prep process for Proper 24 through the exegetical stage.
  • Conceived and hatched my homily for the Synod Mass on October 2.
  • Attended via multiple emails to a pastoral situation in one of our Eucharistic Communities that may not be quite "hot," but is definitely quite warm.
  • Caught up on some Covenant blog reading.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday (E.B. Pusey)

Prepped for tomorrow's liturgy seminar ... open a sermon file on Proper 24 (October 18 at All Saints, Morton) ... long phone conversation with Canon Evans ... long phone conversation with a priest of the diocese ... shorter phone conversation with a colleague bishop ... routine periodic cleanup of my computer desktop ... Lectio Divina on tomorrow's daily office Old Testament reading.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday (Hildegard of Bingen)


  • Usual weekday AM routine.
  • Plowed through some more fairly quick email-generated tasks.
  • Spent time with commentaries on the readings for Proper 23 (October 11 in West Frankfort).
  • Lunch from the Chinese joint around the corner.
  • Bowflex workout.
  • Back to Proper 23, this time to articulate a homiletical message statement.
  • Wrote a brief message to the parish clergy of the diocese, authorizing the resumption of baptisms, under appropriate conditions.
  • Another telemedicine appointment with Brenda.
  • Took a long walk on the sunny fall afternoon.
  • Did a chunk of reading.
  • Evening Prayer with Brenda.
  • After dinner: Zoom interview with a potential postulant. Green-lighted a discernment group in his parish.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday (St Ninian)

The big chunk of the day (10-2:30) was dedicated to a tele-meeting of the House of Bishops, both in plenary and in "table groups." (I'm with the bishops of Spokane, South Dakota, and Southwestern Virginia, along with the retired bishops of Rhode Island and Arizona). The subject was how to respond, both personally and as pastors, to systemic racism. This was followed by a fairly brief telemedicine appointment, after which I *really* needed a walk. Before Evening Prayer and dinner, there was time to do some cosmetic surgery on a vintage sermon text for Proper 21, repurposing it for use at St Matthew's, Bloomington on the 27th. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday (St Cyprian)

The morning and early afternoon were devoted to burning through a *long* queue of email-generated tasks that had piled up to do my appropriate neglect of my diocesan email account during my vacation. Many of these were very short; others were more substantial. With that all cleared, I'm ready to attack an equally impressive collection of beefier items that need attention. Mid-to-late afternoon was dedicated to running the errands (haircut, groceries) that I couldn't get to yesterday because the events surrounding the ordination.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Holy Cross Day

 ,,, aaaaannd we're back. Vacation did what it needed to do, and I'm very grateful. Spent most of the morning taming my diocesan email inbox, to which I have not been paying close attention for the last month or so. Most of them were converted into tasks, so my to-do list is bulging. Set off at 11am southward, hitting the Diocesan Center a little past 2:30. Caught up on various things with Canon Evans, gave him a tutorial on playing with hot wax to seal certificates, refined and printed my homily for tonight's ordination, and then headed back north to Trinity, Lincoln. At 5:30, we began the liturgy for the ordination of Dr Christopher Ben Simpson to the priesthood, as well is instituting him as rector of Trinity Church. It was a joyous, well-subscribed, and dutifully masked occasion. After mingling for a bit at the outdoor reception, I arrived back in my Chicago abode at 10:50.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

St Mary the Virgin

 Presided over the regular August meeting of the Diocesan Council. Took care of a few dangling odds and ends. I am now in Vacationland. So I'll be going dark in this location until September 14. See you then.