Given that I actually like snow, it’s ironic that I was in California last weekend while New Jersey was being blanketed in fluffy white serene beauty. I was honored to be asked to preside at the 9a Eucharist at All Saints, Pasadena, where Bishop Gene Robinson was preaching and where, along with ten other of our colleagues, we were being recognized for our many years of work bringing marriage equality to the Episcopal Church.
Since coming to Redeemer it’s sometimes hard for me to worship at other churches, but that was not true at All Saints. All Saints is mindful of the language they use in worship– they recognize that it has the power to shape our thinking about each other, and God. And to be able to hear Bishop Robinson preach is always a delight. If you’d like to hear Bishop Robinson’s sermon (this was actually recorded at the 11:15 service), it is available here.
In some ways, All Saints is “Redeemer West,” and I commend it to you if you are in the Los Angeles area. Their rector, Ed Bacon, is the author of a book that our Spiritual Practices group used a couple of years ago, and he will be retiring in June.
The truth is, though, there is nothing better than coming home– home to our liturgy, home to you, and– bonus!– home to snow!