by Bishop Daniel
on May 23, 2017
- Weekly/daily task planning at home.
- Consulted substantively with the Archdeacon on a couple of ongoing administrative matters.
- Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
- Consulted briefly with the Administrator on a pending matter.
- Reviewed an annotated a credit card statement.
- Handled a short stack of late-breaking emails.
- Did major surgery on a Pentecost sermon text from many years ago, getting it ready for my visitation to Redeemer, Cairo.
- Began to turn a developed outline of a Trinity Sunday homily into a rough draft.
- Lunch at home. Leftover.
- Devoted a large chunk of the afternoon to finishing the aforementioned Trinity Sunday homily (to be delivered, appropriately enough, at Trinity, Mt Vernon).
- Lit votive candles in the rear of the cathedral nave, as is my wont when beginning the process of sermon preparation, so as to “cover” the whole endeavor with prayer–two candles, actually, for the Sunday after Trinity (celebrating Corpus Christi), where I am preaching for the rector’s final Sunday at the Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston, SC as he retires, and one for the first Sunday in July, when I am preaching at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Tabora, Tanzania, as a guest of their triennial diocesan synod.
- Took a longish walk in a northerly and westerly direction from the office, during which I made extraordinary mental progress in conceiving and hatching the above-mentioned homilies. I finished the walk with a solid sense of direction for both of them, so clear in my mind that was able to quickly commit the thoughts to pixels when I returned to my office.
- Headed out around 5:20 (offering EP in the car) in a southerly direction. Stopped in Litchfield for a drive-through KFC sandwich and arrived at St Andrew’s, Edwardsville in time for a 7pm meeting with their Mission Leadership Team. Their priest-in-charge is retiring at the end of the year, so we had important transitional issues to discuss. Home around 10:15.