On the road at 7am to make a 9:15 Eucharist at St Michael’s, O’Fallon. Presided and preached at a spirited celebration of their feast of title, St Michael and All Angels. Brunch followed the liturgy, then a very lively question and answer time on an unusually broad range of issues. Home a little past two o’clock. Enjoyed a very brief period of down time before grabbing a different vestment bag and heading for the First United Methodist Church for the welcoming service for the newly-assigned bishop for their Illinois conference, in which I was honored to take a small part. Then it was back home to quickly change clothes, pack for three nights away, feed and walk the dog (Brenda having already left by train for an overnight in Chicago) before getting back on the road at 7 headed toward Indianapolis, from whence I write. En route, I had two scheduled phone conversations with potential candidates for the vacancy at St John the Divine in Champaign, and one with the Rector’s Warden of Emmanuel in the same city in order to discuss transition issues. (Fr Herbst has announced his retirement, effective November 4). Tomorrow morning it’s on to Cincinnati for the Forward Movement board meeting.