Sunday, June 21 was the third Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley noted that this day is important in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition because it was on Trinity 3 in 1607 that the first Holy Communion service was celebrated by the colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, using our Book of Common Prayer. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel lesson for this day, St. Luke 15:1, the Parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, in which a shepherd has 99 sheep, but goes in search of the lost one and rejoices when he finds it. Likewise, a woman has 100 coins, loses one and searches until she finds the lost one. Symbolically God is the shepherd and we are the lost sheep. This parable is a wake-up call for the original audience, Pharisees and scribes, and for us. Jesus was outside the religious establishment of His time and He is teaching here that righteousness is no good without compassion: God feels about us the same way the shepherd feels about the lost sheep.
Friday I drove to Springfield with Chandler Connell and we first went to the Springfield Art Museum to view the annual Watercolor USA show, which I try to see every year, and we were not disappointed and saw some very fine artwork. Then we went to Gilardi’s for our usual excellent meal, then to the MSU campus for the first Tent Theatre production of the summer, “Leap of Faith,” which is a musical comedy based on the Steve Martin movie of the same name about a fake evangelist who sees the error of his ways. The musical version has entertaining comedy and some wonderful gospel music.
Chandler has been home on vacation from his academic/naval career as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, but he has returned there for summer training sessions and will continue with regular academic work in the fall.
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