January 16, 2006

Don't knock it until you've tried it.....

I had one heck of a good time this weekend meeting and making new friends with many Episcopal priest. When you were raised like I was you tend to think your group is the only one who knows and loves God. It’s sad that it had to take me 56 years to realize that God has children from all walks of life and from various religious backgrounds. When I met Bishop Ken in a pub in San Antonio I didn’t know what to expect other than he probably didn’t have a problem with beer (since we were meeting in an English pub). We hit it off immediately. When he invited me to Christ Cathedral Church, to speak on Evangelism, I was honored but somewhat uncertain of what I might encounter. But I found a group of men and women who know, love, and serve God passionately. Sunday morning was my first experience with High Church. When I walked in and saw all the candles and smelled the incense I felt right at home. You see the sweet smell of the incense reminded me of a hunting campfire. I don’t know when I’ve preached with so much freedom. I am sure it was the Lord who helped me, but the sweet smell of a burning campfire didn’t hurt. God Bless all of you my new friends.

2 comments:

Granna said...

I love the telling of the disciples who wanted to stop a group of people from preaching the gospel because they "weren't of us" and Jesus tells them to leave them alone. "If they're not against me, they're for me." (loosely translated)...I figure that would apply to the high church types. One thing I've always loved about the Catholic church is that there is enough visual stimulation that there's no way to overlook where you are and the purpose in being there. They have a reverence that alot of modern churches could use a dose of!

Bishop Ken said...

Well, Ron, my friend, it was a delight to have you with us and you were a real blessing to our folk. But campfire? It smelled like a campfire? Pecan wood smells sweet, but not THAT sweet. OK, I'm figuring some sissy scout sneaked up and threw sandalwood on your camfire. But seriously, you were a blessing and our church is the richer for your visit.