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Sunday, September 9 was the fourth Sunday after trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Old Testament lesson for the day, Micah 6:1-8, “what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with you God?” In this passage the prophet addresses the spiritual decadence of his time when people were trying to appease God through sacrifices and rituals rather than the obedience that god wants: qualities of the heart are more important than outward performance.

After the service we enjoyed a potluck dinner followed by a vestry meeting, then our yearly parish meeting to elect vestry members. Ann Sasko and Stephanie Connell were re-elected and Jordan Willard elected to replace Penelope Willard.

Friday afternoon I drove to Springfield to meet Chandler Connell who is at Missouri State University this semester. We attended a recital by the music faculty in Ellis Hall. The first part of the program was the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Rachmaninoff. Just as the second half of the program was to start we were rudely interrupted by a storm warning siren and everyone was herded into the basement to wait out the storms. After the all clear was sounded we returned to the recital hall and were treated to a magnificant performance of Brahm’s Piano Quartet No. 1, a great favorite of mine. After the concert we armed ourselves with umbrellas and set out to visit several art galleries in downtown Springfield that were open for the monthly First Friday Art Walk. We saw some excellent art and had good conversations with fellow art lovers: it was a very enjoyable evening in spit of the weather.

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