Sunday, July 20 was the Fifth Sunday after Trinity. The subject of Bishop Hartley’s sermon was Christian compassion, how we are to act and think as Christians, taking as his text the Epistle for the day, 1st St. Peter 3:8: “Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren…” Be of one mind means that we share the same Christan attitudes and character and share unity of spirit if not of opinion on all matters. Divisions among us must be overcome by common worship as in a family. St. Peter then goes on to give more practical advice on refraining from evil: we must be righteous if we expect our prayers to be heard. Suffering in this life is inevitable, but cannot take away the most precious things in life.
On Friday I drove to Springfield and met my friend, Evan Bennett, for dinner at Café Cusco Peruvian Restaurant on Commercial St. After dinner we went on to the Missouri State University campus to attend a sold-out performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Tent Theatre. This is a classic Broadway musical about Jewish life in 1905 Tsarist Russia and features popular songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man.’ The show was first produced 50 years ago in 1964 and is still justifiably very popular and the Tent Theatre production was excellent as always.
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