Wednesday, January 10, 2007

One Of Those Days

I spent almost all day yesterday with many of the Clergy of the Diocese of Panama at Clericus. I am not a meeting kinda person, and meetings in Central America (or at least meetings in the Episcopal Church in Central America) go on forever. Everybody who wants to say something gets to say something, kind of like meetings at St. Mark's, Berkeley, except about FIVE TIMES LONGER!!! (At St. Mark's they used to say it was a good meeting if everyone got their say, whether it had to do with the subject or not.) The meeting started at 10:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm. Spending the day in a long meeting en español tends to suck the life out of me, and then to run home to work on a sermon for the next day, well, it wasn't the best sermon I've ever written, and I could see the confusion on the congregation's faces when I delivered my closing line: "So the bunny, the puppy, the kitty, and the little lamb all became Jesus' friends. And YOU can be Jesus' friend, too!"

We've started the work on the ceiling of the church and the re-wiring of the building, which means we can't use the area. So we held our Mass this morning on the patio. The table I used for the altar was a bit small, but it worked. But the street running along side the patio is a busy, noisy street. We'll adjust. We will be holding our Sunday services across the street on the patio of Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal, the school associated with our parish. It turns out that I will be presiding at a funeral on the school patio on Saturday, too, which should be interesting.

After Mass we went visiting the sick, which, outside of the driving, was nice and calming for me. Then I had a meeting with the committee which plans and teaches our classes. We (Parroquia San Cristóbal) offer classes to the community to help folks develop skills for employment. We teach cooking and stuff; I've posted about this before. Lately we have received some financial help from Caribbean Ministries in New York, which has been a real blessing. After the meeting I had to work on my sermon for Sunday. I am trying to finish my report for the parish meeting next Sunday. I'm picking up some folks at the airport tonight around 11:00 pm and I have a meeting with the clergy of the Panama Metro region tomorrow morning. Then a meeting with el obispo en viernes. I don't know why, I'm feeling a bit rushed. And then I listened to that terrible "When Jesus Met Santa Claus" thang at MadPriest's place. Boy, that'll teach me. AND there's all that crap going on with the Anglican Communion!!!

At times like this, we all need to look at a cute little bunny. A bunny without a pancake on its head.

Cute Overload

7 comments:

Caminante said...

"I am not a meeting kinda person, and meetings in Central America (or at least meetings in the Episcopal Church in Central America) go on forever."

Ah yes, meetings in El Salvador go on and on and on. It's always, 'Una cosa más....' and that one more thing is another 45 minutes. I've learned to go into those meetings with some chocolate or something to tide me over until refreshments or lunch (at 1.30 or 2.00 or....)

Rev. Kurt said...

"So the bunny, the puppy, the kitty, and the little lamb all became Jesus' friends. And YOU can be Jesus' friend, too!"

I think St. Francis would approve that line!

Eileen said...

Padre - What's wrong with the pancake on the head of the bunny? I like that bunny! Of course, I like yours, too!

Long meetings stink. And the Santa song over at MP's was PAINFUL. Very painful. Not what you needed today.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Grin and take it like a macho! How do you think some of us have felt when eternally listening to crapola preached against LGBT Christians over-and-over for decades? Seatbelts really should be installed in some pews (they probably have them at Network Churches).

The chocolate suggestion sounds good to me...matter of fact, I think I'll have a little multi-grain (pan de granos) toast with honey on it in honor of your fidgeting!

Have a great day over at the consecrated carport!

LOL

Leonardo (measurements?)

Mary Sue said...

Ay, padre! I had all but forgotten I've got parish business meetings all this weekend. Meh. Neccesitamos mas conejitos! And a birdie in my macaronis!

Caminante said...

"How do you think some of us have felt when eternally listening to crapola preached against LGBT Christians over-and-over for decades?"

BTDT, Luiz, believe me, BTDT. :(

en solidaridad

Matty Boy said...

And for us in the Estados, we also got a speech from Our Preznint explaining how the best thing to do in Iraq is the thing we voted against just about two months ago.

Not the magical Happy Fun Day you want to put on replay for the rest of your life.

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