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Sunday, November 4 was the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity; altar and vestment colors were once again green for Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Philippians 1:3, in which St. Paul gives this church his thoughts on how Christians should live with one another. Paul felt a special relationship with this church in the city of Philippi in northern Greece, which was the first to be founded in Europe and this letter was written to them from prison. The letter consists of prayers for their well-being and exhortation to seek excellence in all things. The Philippians seek excellence in all things. The Philippians owed their Christianity to Paul and he is anxious for them to continue his work.

Saturday night Chandler Connell and I attended a Pops concert of popular music by the Springfield Symphany Orchestra who had as their guest performers Les Brown Jr. and his band of Renown with vocalist Carrie Tillis (Mel’s daughter) and they did a wonderful program of classic Big Band music including a tribute to Doris Day and many stories by Les Jr. of growing up with all the famous entertainers associated with his father.

Bishop Glen Hartley holds services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit or website at

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