Up and out with Brenda by 7:45, heading for an 8:45 arrival time in Carlinville, ahead of their regular 9:15 celebration of the Eucharist. I presided, preached, and confirmed on adult. It was a beautiful day for a drive in the central Illinois countryside. They had a potluck afterward. One of the parishioners asked if it’s like that everywhere we go. It pretty much is. It’s usually a party when the bishop visits! What a privilege it is to lead this life. After a couple of hours of downtime at home, we got back in the YFNBmobile and headed east this time, to sit in on Linda Buzzard’s organ recital at St John’s Chapel in Champaign. We wavered as leaving time approached, but when I heard Bach’s Passacaglia & Fugue in C-minor was on the program, I didn’t need much persuading. It’s one of those “touch the face of God” pieces for me. Then, to compound our good fortune, we were steered to the Black Dog Smoke & Alehouse for dinner, and it was one of the finest BBQ experiences we have ever had.