Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Note from the Dean

What a glorious celebration of our new ministry we enjoyed on Saturday May 17!

The liturgy, based on the model in Enriching our Worship and drawing on elements from other such cathedral celebrations, held true to the traditions of our church but was fresh and new in its expression of the ministry we share.

Many people worked very hard to make the day a success: members of all our choirs practiced new music and revived old favorites; the Altar Guild, Vergers, Ushers, Thurifers, and Acolytes made everything run smoothly and in good order; several members of staff worked many hours to provide a sumptuous feast and the very imaginative signs relating each kind of food to the different eras and areas of my life to date, and others compiled the complex service bulletin; Dean Mike Kinman came all the way from St. Louis to preach an energetic and inspiring sermon; our first Dean served as cantor for the Litany; and family members and friends came from the UK and states across the continent to share in the day. 

Members of the cathedral community from elementary school age to our retired clergy participated in presenting symbolic gifts for ministry, along with the Dean search team and representatives of the wider community in the city. The presentation of the surfboard (a reminder to the Cathedral community to engage in Sabbath time and fun) will not soon be forgotten by any who were present.

The Spirit was on the loose, and joy filled our hearts. My deepest thanks to all who were part of this special day for our church. Photographs are now on the Cathedral’s Flickr site and the Diocesan Flickr site,  and a video of highlights will be forthcoming.

Penny Bridges

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