- In the office around 8:45, as usual. Spent an hour catching up with the Archdeacon on a range of administrative and pastoral matters (we haven’t seen one another since driving home together from General Convention on July 12).
- Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
- Processed some emails. Conferred with the Administrator on various details concerning the upcoming annual Synod of the diocese.
- Created a first draft working outline of my homily for this Sunday (celebrating St Bartholomew’s Day at St Bartholomew’s Church in Granite City).
- Lunch at home.
- Attended to some details concerning a planned conference for clergy and musicians in November.
- Exchanged emails with the Bishop of Chicago. Delighted that he will be able to attend to Friday session of our annual Synod in October.
- Processed another group of emails. This was a frustrating day. Little things kept popping up that made it hard to get traction on my task list.
- Evening Prayer in the cathedral at 4pm. Then home to change clothes and hit to road to Normal. A parishioner at Christ the King, Normal had several weeks ago invited me to be his guest at a minor league baseball game there. So I joined a group of several members of the Episcopal Parish of McLean County (aka Christ the King, Normal and St Matthew’s, Bloomington) to watch the Normal Cornbelters take on the Traverse City Beach Bums. Minor league baseball is fun. The players, all between 19 and 27, are barely paid minimum wage. They do it for the love of the game, and the remote prospect that a scout might see them and sign them to a contract with an actual major league farm team.