Friday (George Herbert)

  • Task planning and a little blog reading at home.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Left a text message with Bishop Godfrey (Peru) with a question about tentative travel plans this summer.
  • Worked on electronically collating and organizing General Ordination Exam essays from our three candidates who took them so as to facilitate getting other eyes on them to the end of second-guessing the assessments of the official readers. (If that sounds turgid … the whole enterprise is turgid).
  • Took a phone call from a capital fundraising consultant trying to drum up business. It seems to be the season for such calls.
  • Spent some quality time with commentaries, both ancient and modern, on Psalm 22, in preparation for preaching on Palm Sunday.
  • Lunch from the Chinese section of the to-go kitchen at HyVee, eaten at home.
  • Attended via email to a bit of business regarding somebody in the front end of the ordination process.
  • Responded to an email from another capital fundraising consultant with whom I actually have had an ongoing relationship.
  • Laid out the rough strokes of my second Lenten teaching series presentation at St Michael’s, O’Fallon … even though I haven’t delivered the first one yet, due to delayed air travel on Wednesday.
  • Composed a long (and, I hope, substantive) ad clerum (letter to the clergy), which should get sent out on Monday.
  • Took stock of my available time and the number of tasks in the pipeline, and decided to forego the notes to clergy and spouses with nodal events in March … save for one exception.
  • Went over to the cold cathedral nave and walked the Stations of the Cross (using the standard liturgical form).
  • Made to revisions to an old homily for Lent III, in the direction of repurposing it for use this year at St Barnabas’, Havana.
  • Evening Prayer in the office.
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