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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Up and out of my Decatur-area hotel room to be at St John’s in time to preside and preach at their regular 7:30am liturgy, and then again at 10:00. It’s one of the loveliest churches in the diocese, and is a happy community under the pastoral care of Fr Dick Swan. The post-liturgical coffee hour paid tribute to the ministry of Deacon Don Coventry, who, at age 80, and with the recent ordination of Deacon Chris Gregory, is scaling back the profile of his ministry. He understands that someone under the yoke of Holy Orders never *really* retires, but he has certainly earned some rest.

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