Sunday, May 11 was the Third Sunday after Easter. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, 1st St. Peter 2:11: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” This passage discusses the problem of living in the physical world, which is not our real home, and the danger that we may lose sight of our other, spiritual world which is our real home. The requirements of each world, the physical and the spiritual, are different and we must be loyal citizens of our physical world, but not lose sight of the fact that God’s promise is not in this life, but in the life of the world to come.
In announcements, Bishop Hartley noted that he and Mrs. Hartley will be gone this week to the national convention of our parent body, the United Episcopal Church of North America, which will be held this year in Prescott, Arizona and we will not have our usual Wednesday service of Evening Prayer and Bible study.
Saturday I drove to Springfield and met Chandler Connell and we had dinner at Café Cusco on Commercial Street, a relatively new restaurant that features cuisine from Peru. Then we attended a performance of the musical “The Three Penny Opera” presented at the Springfield Contemporary Theater’s new facilities in the Wilhoit Plaza building. They were formerly in the Vandevort building on Walnut which is now being renovated into a hotel. The musical was presented by the SCT in conjunction with the Springfield Regional Opera and was very beautifully performed. The hit song from it, “Mack the Knife” has been recorded by several popular singers.
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