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Monday, April 14, 2008

Being In A Good And Bad Spiritual Place At The Same Time

Brad's comments (H/T Drell's Descants) just about perfectly expresses my feelings. Different situation - Similar choices and almost identical emotions.

However, today is a new day. And that's not just happy-talk, either.

Yesterday, the representative of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Canon to the Ordinary, Andrew Doyle, preached respect, empathy and God's Spirit. What a bunch of bovine bloviation. For the un-initiated, that means: Bull Shit. The diocese has:
  • Refused to allow us to purchase our own property
  • Refused to even permit our parish to vote on whether or not to stay in the Episcopal organization.
  • Doyle personally refused to even discuss the problems that forced the need for a vote. That is my story and I'm stickin' to it. Others report the same thing.

Well, we voted anyway.

  • With about 35% more in attendance than normal (540 in attendance compared to 400 average Sunday attendance over three services) the offering plates were almost completely empty.

    I saw the ushers present seemingly empty plates to the acolyte at the altar. That is not usual! If I had not personally seen two diocesan representatives, sitting to our immediate right, place bills into the plate as it came by us, I would easily believe there was no money in them. As it was, the angles of sight prevented me from seeing the entire top plate clearly. The top plate certainly appeared empty from my point of view. The three lower plates are normally emptied into the top one for easier presentation.
  • We gave our departing rector a standing ovation as he concluded his last Sunday address as an Episcopalian priest.
  • The procession anthem was sung to God's glory and dedicated to our rector and his wife, one of the choir members.
  • We followed the procession out the door. Most were polite to Canon Doyle. The crowds and "traffic" bottle-necks were around our rectors.

Yes, SWMBO! and I (ever obedient!) will return for a last Wednesday Eucharist on the 16th, if the diocese hasn't changed the locks by then. The most common parting comment was "We'll see ya' at the school!". St. Timothy Anglican Church begins Sunday, 4/20, at the Tomball Jr. High School. The best scheduling and contact information I have is here. I'll keep things updated as best I can until the official web site is announced. Then I'll redirect links to there.

Who's going? Well, we won't name names, BUT younger families, teenagers, elderly widows, life-long Episcopalians with tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces left with us yesterday.

Who's staying? Well I still won't name names, BUT a family with young kids, middle-aged couples and so on. In other words, the same demographic make up of the deportees. There's just not very many remaining.

I know, personally, of only four families that remain at Good Shepherd. There are probably more. They are honest people of integrity who all earned my respect before we chose to depart. They retain my respect and love. Pray for them - and us.

2 comments:

Wilkie said...

Glenn:

Thanks for the great work.

See you Sunday, 9:30am at Tomball JHS.

Surprised?

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Dear Gene the Aggie,

You might be interested in reading the following thread:

http://themcj.com/3742

Peace and Blessings for you and your family and the new Anglican church.

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