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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-03-29

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Here is Bulletin_2015-03-29. This would have been posted earlier, but installation of a new Internet/telephone modem and an entirely new phone system this week required time and patience. Also, we had been working on some other posts, however a birthday and a wedding anniversary also required time – patience was not needed because birthdays and anniversaries are great gifts from God

1. Count Your Blessings: This blog is about assent and it is important that credit should go where credit is due. At least one person benefited from the Wednesday Lenten ecumenical dinners. Richard Brady, in the Clark Hollow Ramblings column of the Rappahannock News this week shared the feelings he took away from the dinner in an article entitled Count your blessings:

Some things just warm the cockles of your heart and make you smile. And even though I’m not too sure just what the cockles of my heart are, I’m going to take a chance that you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, such a thing happened for me last Wednesday night. Some of the community churches have been having their regular Lenten services at the Washington Baptist Church. (Please notice I didn’t say Little Washington Baptist Church.) I think when a bunch of different churches get together they call it an ecumenical service. …..

One of the leaders of a local Catholic church, Father Tuck Grinnell, talked about the apostle Paul, and how we need to remember to count our blessings, even in hard times. I took that message to heart and have been thinking, once again, how lucky we all are to be living in this wonderful, magical place, and how I hope we remember to always count that as one of our special blessings.

2. A Steady Diet: St. Peter’s no longer has missalettes. Although a reason for that has been provided by our Pastor, it really didn’t provide an adequate explanation. What St. Peter’s does have is a steady diet of The Little Book series, inspired by Bishop Ken Untener. On this week’s menu of our special, Pastor-prepared diet is The Little White Book (six-minute reflections on the Resurrection Narrative according to John). (For background see: For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2014-11-30, Rules for Radical Pastors #4 and Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #4 – Update)

Once again, the diet offering appears to be rather benign and non-threatening. So, what’s the problem? The background references listed above tell part of the story. This time, however, the centerfold (so to speak) of The Little White Book offers all of us at St. Peter’s a tasty dessert. Under a picture of a man, presumably Bishop Untener, dressed in a regular shirt with a button down collar.  Why wear clerical garb if you are a well-known dissenter? Under the picture it says:

‘My name is Ken and I will be your waiter for a long, long time …’

The life and faith of Ken Untener bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, told in his own words.

Yes, that’s right, The Little White Book is offering the Sheep at St. Peter’s a more highly enriched diet of dissent, directly from the mouth or pen of the dissenter. Now the Sheep can fill out the form in The Little White Book and have our waiter (Ken Untener), through his proxy (our Pastor), serve up a really good meal. For just $18 + shipping, a poor, unsuspecting lamb can buy this wonderful autobiography of a dissenter.

If our Pastor remains at St. Peter’s for a long, long time, you can be sure that the Sheep of St. Peter’s will continue to be fed in a way that that may be dangerous to their spiritual health. When you pick up The Little White Book this weekend, read between the lines and read the centerfold – there are more toxins in the vestibule.

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