Sunday, May 4 was the Second Sunday after Easter. Bishop Hartley noted that in our Anglican tradition this day is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel appointed for the day, St. John 10:11: “Jesus said, I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” Many of the Biblical figures such as Moses and David were shepherds who protected their flock even to the point of dying for them and thus Jesus is the greatest shepherd of them all and in this passage Jesus defines his relationship to us: we rely on Him to provide guidance and bring us home to God.
On Saturday I drove to Springfield to attend the memorial service for Bill Battenberg whose wife, Betty Sue Johnson Battenberg is my cousin through the Turner family of Rome: her mother Ruth Turner Johnson and my grandmother Lilly Turner Kester were sisters. The service was held at the White Chapel Memorial Gardens on West Division Street.
Later that afternoon I attended the dedication ceremony for the new All Saints Anglican Church. That congregation has built a new building just off Lone Pine Avenue across from Sequiota Park in Southeast Springfield and it is a magnificent church building built in the style of a medieval English Gothic parish church built of stone with beautiful quarter-sawed oak woodwork and stained glass windows. It was a very moving ceremony with many clergy attending and music provided by the Drury University Chamber Singers. After that I met Chandler Connell and we attended a performance at the Landers by the Springfield Ballet of “Cinderella,” a ballet based on the popular fairy tale which was beautifully done and very enjoyable.
For more information on St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.