Last weekend, in honor of Ellen’s birthday, we attended the Billy Joel concert in New Orleans. He put on a great show, he played all the hits, and his joy was palpable. But what I will remember most about the concert was not Mr. Joel himself, but the other musicians who played with him. Between “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “River of Dreams,” and “Only the Good Die Young,” he and his band played a lot of covers (songs written or made famous by other artists).
Evensong is the highest of Anglican traditions, replete with chanting, and will incorporate the fullest extent of our choir which has been practicing for the occasion for some weeks now. If you have not been to a service of Evensong, do yourself a favor and make plans to attend this Sunday. If you thought the Super Bowl last Sunday was exciting, wait until you experience a service of Evensong this Sunday.
I saw a religious cartoon once, but I fail to recollect when or where I saw it. Peter and Jesus are in a traditional confessional booth. Peter, confessing to Jesus, is reeling off a laundry list of sins he has committed, chiefly among them, fishing without a license and fishing out of season. The title of the cartoon said, “The Confession of St. Peter the Apostle.”
On Sunday, 29 January, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall, the parish will gather for our Annual Meeting. On that day, there will be one worship service, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall, with Holy Eucharist, reports from the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Rector, Vestry elections, and a potluck lunch.
In the Chapel of the Cross, at the corner of Mannsdale and Gluckstadt Roads, in the center of Madison County, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers.