In Manila! Flight delays abound
Winter has come to the Vicarage for the holidays. As Thanksgiving closed out the storms came in. We have had about 28 inches dumped on us over the last week. For those of you who use the metric system that is 71 centimeters. Most of that came in one storm or set of storms depending on how you look at it.
As you can see, the new fallen snow has melted back a bit after a few days of warm weather and it is truly beautiful now.
From here through the end of March we will be in a weather pattern of alternating snow and rain if the trend from the last couple of years holds. Last night it poured and this brook flooded as it has been doing the last few years filling the back yard.
When I awoke this morning that little fire pit was submerged in the water up to its base.
Tell me what it looks like where you live.
This week Amanda officiated her first wedding. It’s a milestone in every Minister’s career. Here are some of the pictures
The ministers of the Vicarage have definitely been running the Earth this Memorial Day weekend. I cannot speak for Brenda and Amanda, but I think I shirked my responsibility to watch the sky these last few days. That is never a good thing.
Friday began with grocery shopping and then a day of admin work at the church. I got a bit carried away with accomplishing tasks. It felt good to be making headway on paperwork (one of the banes of my existence). I was doing so well I kept putting prayer off until it was too late.
Brenda and I had a 4 P.M. engagement with friends from church to go see Shakespeare.
It was a great night out in Worcester! Thanks Ken and Betty, Brenda and I had such a good time!
By the time we pulled into the Vicarage I was ready to just collapse into bed. I did and then proceeded to sleep through my alarm which was set to give me time to pray before Amanda and I had to hit the softball fields in Baldwinville MA for Cornerstone’s annual softball tourney.
My job at the tournament was to call “Play Ball!” For each game, to keep time and then call end of game. Then I had to collect all the score sheets and fill out the master round-robin double-elimination chart so everyone could see where they stood in the ranks.
Amanda’s job was to stamp the hands of everyone as they got their free ice cream from the concession truck.
She got a pretty good sun burn during her two hours of duty, even though she was reapplying sun block every 30 minutes.
While we were having a blast at the softball tournament Brenda was driving to Onset MA for the first of three services and a picnic she was attending with The Bridge Onset and The Bridge Carver.
By the time Amanda and I got home from the softball tournament it was time to walk the dogs and answer all mom’s questions about the family’s coming and going. She was pretty confused about where everyone was and why they had gone.
After supper and walking the dogs for their final time, I was so tired I again just plopped in bed. I awoke at 3:30 A.M. and realized I was not just physically tired. I was spiritually depleted and in deep need of spiritual refreshment. I jumped into 2 and 1/2 hours of prayer which I needed just to get my head on straight before church. Running the Earth can be fun for a time but when it is not coupled with watching the sky it can cause some real internal issues which take time to work through (at least for me by Sunday morning my attitude was pretty bad).
After a few hours of preparatory prayer I was ready to lead worship at Cornerstone. After service Amanda and I paid a visit to one of our parishioners in the hospital. Then we went home so Amanda could finish packing for her trip to South Carolina.
I dropped her at Logan airport this morning at 2 A.M.. She is off on the next adventure!
The world watched in horror yesterday as Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames. “Dutch Goes the Photo” has issued a challenge as a tribute to the spirit of the famed church and the people of France.
The theme of the challenge is WORSHIP. Our instructions are as follows:
“Regardless of religion, faith or belief system, we can all worship; whether it’s a universal being, nature or the love of our life… Please take this challenge into the direction of Worship that speaks most to you and share it creatively! “
The Vicarage is sending up prayers today for the Parisian community of faith at this Easter season!
You can check out how others have honored Notre Dame by CLICKING HERE.
Here are our tribute photos.
These are mine:
This next section was sent by my sister Brenda from her travels as a missionary
And finally these photos are sent by son’s fiance Kristine from South Korea. These are all churches in the Philippines where Kristine grew up.
GOD will never disregard or turn away sincere prayers from those who diligently seek Him and humbly call upon His Name.”
― Errol Anthony Smythe
So let us not become weary in the battle. Let us continue to praise and worship the God of Heaven whom our houses of worship were made to honor.