• Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Difficult getting traction on my to-do list because emails kept slipping in, of a sort that either could be dealt with relatively quickly or needed to be dealt with promptly (even if not relatively quickly).
  • Dealt by email (one already in the queue) with ongoing issues pertaining to one of our parishes in transition.
  • Sent via email an invitation to a retired priest of the diocese to preach at the institution of the new rector of Alton on 21 May.
  • Once again sat prayerfully for a good while with a set of eucharistic propers–this time those of Easter VII–until a message statement emerged. This message statement will get developed and eventually preached at St Stephen’s, Harrisburg and St Mark’s, West Frankfort.
  • Walked briskly on a brisk day to Incredibly Delicious, on the 900 block of South Seventh Street, to have lunch with Bishop John Roth, my ELCA counterpart, and a valued friend.
  • Got back to an empty office (Sue had gone home sick and the Archdeacon was taking his son on college visits), and dealt with the emails that had trickled in while I was at lunch.
  • Spent the rest of the afternoon drafting my soon-due post for the Covenant blog. It’s a reflective piece on my episcopate now being “middle-aged.”
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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