Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

  • Spent a tad bit of extra time at home catching up on some "internet reading" (i.e. articles and blog posts that people have sent links to saying, "This is worth a look").
  • Devotions and Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Caught up with the Archdeacon on a couple of things.
  • Reviewed the draft Easter Vigil program and walked it back across the alley to offer some suggestions. Between the Dean and the Altar Guild Directress, I got sucked into a good bit of liturgical puttering.
  • A quarterly (or so) task: Master sermon planning for a chunk of time, in this case, Propers 6 through 17 (basically, early June to early September). Much of that time I'm going to be either in Tanzania or on vacation, so there weren't actually eleven Sundays involved. So, what I do is look and see whether there's any old material than can be retreaded. Sometimes there is and sometimes there isn't. Then I schedule the specific tasks associated with either crafting a sermon from scratch or reworking an old one.
  • Refined and printed the working text of my homily for Easter II (April 23 at St John's the Baptist, Mt Carmel).
  • Went home for a while, just for a change of pace. Took a substantial walk. Watched a bit of the Cubs game.
  • Responded by email to a query from a lay leader in one of our Eucharistic Communities.
  • Spent about 40 minutes in prayer with Jesus, sacramentally present on the Altar of Repose in the cathedral chapel.
  • Took a first homiletical pass at the readings for Trinity Sunday (June 11 at Trinity, Mt Vernon).
  • Worked on an article for the Covenant blog that is due next week.
  • Evening Prayer in my office.
  • Went to retrieve Brenda at home so she could be in time for choir practice ahead of the Good Friday cathedral liturgy.
  • Assisted and preached the Good Friday liturgy.

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