Sunday, December 11, 2011

Advent III ("Rose Sunday")

  • Woke up in Charleston and actually remembered where I was (not always guaranteed these days!). 
  • Celebrated, preached, and confirmed at Trinity, Mattoon (the confirmand was actually from Holy Trinity, Danville), with surprisingly good attendance, by Mattoon standards (I counted around 70). Discovered actual rose-colored cope and chasuble in the sacristy closet, so I was properly decked out for Gaudete Sunday.
  • The liturgy was followed by a delicious catered repast in the parish hall, which was, in turn, capped off by a vigorous discussion of mission and ministry in a post-Christian culture, and ways that Trinity might be engaged in that work. Good questions and observations from parishioners.
  • Then it was off to Champaign for a 2pm meeting with the vestry of the Chapel of St John the Divine. They are about to give their charge to the search committee, and we had a productive discussion of the parameters of that process. 
  • After availing ourselves of the hospitality of one of the members of that vestry, who offered us her home as a place to just chill out (and actually catch a few winks) for a couple of hours, we headed off to dinner at a restaurant in Urbana with some friends from Holy Trinity, Danville.
  • The evening was capped off by the wonderful annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at the chapel. The music program there is top drawer, in the classic Anglican cathedral tradition. What a joy.
  • Home around 10:45. Tomorrow's rest will be much needed!

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