Grace and peace. This past Sunday, Bishop Mariann visited St. Patrick’s. The visit of our bishop is not an annual event, so it was great to have her teaching Sunday School, preaching, celebrating the Eucharist, and answering our questions. She was extraordinary. We are so lucky to have her as our bishop. The text of her sermon is posted on her blog.
The next ten days in Washington will be interesting. We will be inaugurating a new president. Although this happens every four or eight years, President-elect Trump elicits fear for many Americans. The day after, Washington will host a women’s march to speak out in a public way for the rights of women. I gave permission to a North Carolina church group to spend the night at St. Patrick’s, so that they can participate in the January 21st rally. I also offered our space to a college group to eat breakfast after an all-night bus ride. There may be opportunities to volunteer to help with hospitality, but there are many logistical things that need to be worked out before then.
We live in a great country. One of the great things about the United States is the peaceful transition of power. I am praying that peace will overcome anxiety, and that the future of this democracy will be filled with joy and love. I do hope that you will join me in this important prayer as we engage with history over the next two weeks.