A Grueling Start & a Little Nut
One bright spot was the address by England's #2 cleric, Dr. John Sentamu, the current Archbishop of York (brief bio here). As Sentamu noted, he has come a long way from the little village boy he was born to be in Uganda in 1949. In fact, he was not expected to live long past birth and was baptized that first day as his fragile body barely clung to life. He said that he has been nourished and sustained by Christ throughout his life which has made his long journey possible. He said,
If this little village boy could be sustained by the grace of God to become the Archbishop of York, then Christ can and will sustain you in all you face.Archbishop Sentamu also noted that a great tree was once a little nut placed in the ground. It was that which sustained it that made it great.
On a day with a slow, grueling pace and little to show for the effort, I can appreciate being recalled to the knowledge that it is Christ who sustains us and Christ who is responsible for the growth. We are simply called to drink in that nourishment of God's presence (through Word and Sacraments) and to be faithful in our response.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church
PS: Photos of various churches around the Episcopal Church were projected during a break within the House of Deputies and two of the several dozen photos were of worship in progress at King of Peace taken from our web page of panoramic photos: http://www.kingofpeace.org/180-degreeview.htm.