July 8, 2015
Except for those with extended vacation plans around General Convention, your deputation and staff are back on home turf. The last day of General Convention, July 3rd, started off with a bang. Morning Eucharist was moved up to 8:30 am MT. Presiding Bishop Elect Curry, the preacher for the day, joked in his sermon that the service was moved up so he "would have more time to preach." And preach he did. You can watch a full video of his sermon here.
Just before the Liturgy of the Table, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced that she had something to read to Michael Curry. It turned out to be a letter of congratulations from the President of the United States of America. To view a video of that reading, click here.
After the Eucharist, the bishops and deputies went into a final full day of legislation, the House of Deputies finishing at 6:00 pm MT, after working in session until 7:30 pm the night before. That Thursday night we were afforded the lovely opportunity of sharing community with our friends from The Episcopal Church in South Carolina at a cookout they hosted. We are grateful for their hospitality and welcome.
A spontaneous moment of happiness at the cookout: Upper SC, did you know your clergy were so talented? Introducing The Reverend Mike Flanagan of Holy Cross, Simpsonville (who literally strolled up to the song singing) and The Reverend Grant Wiseman of St. Thaddeus, Aiken on guitar.
https://youtu.be/t8dPF5nWWo0. Thank God for the gift of music.
And yes, it's just as hot in Utah as it is in Columbia - humidity or no. We're glad to be home!