• Up and out early enough to get Brenda to the Amtrak station to catch the 6:32am northbound train. She’s in Chicago for some Nana-duty. Back home to shower, dress, and plan the day’s work,
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Finally completed preparation of my two talks next week in Mississippi. They are entitled Looking to the Rock from Which You Were Hewn: Soundings in Revelation and Authority, and Please Don’t Invite Your Friends to the Eucharist: Being Church in an Unchurchy World. Hard copy now ready to pack.
  • Made air travel and car rental arrangements for a Living Church Foundation meeting in Houston in late October.
  • Reviewed the broad strokes of the agenda for next month’s annual synod.
  • Took care of a piece of administrative detritus on behalf of one of our seminarians.
  • Lunch from China 1, eaten at home.
  • Took the time to pop in for a haircut, since I won’t have another day off until the 21st.
  • Consultated various Bible commentaries for insights on the readings for Proper 27, in preparation for preaching at St Paul’s, Carlinville on November 8.
  • Made preparations for the three hours I will spend tomorrow with the vestries of St Matthew’s, Bloomington and Christ the King, Normal (the “Parish of McLean County”), where we will discuss how to engage mission in that field cooperatively.
  • Friday prayer: Lectio divina on tomorrow’s daily office reading from I Kings.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
  • After supper at home: Conceived and hatched a homily for the feast of St Michael & All Angels, to be delivered, appropriately enough, at St Michael’s, O’Fallon on September 27.
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