The Lord’s Day (XIX Pentecost)

Because of the 11am service time at All Saints, Morton, it was a rather humane start to the day. On the road at 9:30. Presided and preached. Spent some time with whoever chose to stick around after the post-liturgical potluck in order to field initial questions on what awaits them after Fr Brian and Deacon Laurie retire at the end of the year. Then Fr Brian accompanied me into Peoria to visit Bishop Donald Parsons, who is hospitalized there with pneumonia. That’s a pretty serious thing no matter how old you are, but when you’re 93, it’s whatever is up the ladder from “serious.” We were happy to see him sitting up, very lucid, and very conversant. We gave him Holy Communion, after which I dropped Fr Brian off at the rectory in Pekin, and then drove myself home, arriving at 3:30. Some modicum of down time there, but not much, as I was back on the road 90 minutes later, headed to Shelbyville, IN, from whence I write. On the rest of the way to Cincinnati tomorrow for a Forward Movement board meeting.

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