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Bill Roberts
When I retired on Trinity Sunday 2015, I changed St. Blogory's subtitle to reflect my new status and continued linguistic loyalties (French and Welsh): The internet café d’un prêtre à la retraite (for the French, retirement is "retreat") ac o offeiriad wedi ymddeol.
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The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times TIMELY QUOTATIONS "Because everything was alive, responsive in its own way, capable of being hurt in its own way, capable of punishment in its own way, Zhaanat's thinking was built on treating everything around... Continue reading
+In the Love of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Just four Saturdays ago we were celebrating Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation. The word "in-carn-ation" means, literally, the in-flesh-ment of God in Jesus... Continue reading
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The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times GARFIELD © 2021 Paws, Inc. Reprinted with permission of ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. All rights reserved. TIMELY PRAYER By Reinhold Niebuhr O God, who has made us the creatures of time, so that every tomorrow... Continue reading
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Father John Heschle is the immediate past Rector of St. Paul's Church By-the-Lake in Chicago. We were in seminary together, and recently surprised to discover that we had been worshiping together at St. Andrew's in Grayslake about four pews and... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times Did anyone notice that the last newsletter was titled Old People's Geezette?! TIMELY ADVICE Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how... Continue reading
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+ In the Love of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Please take up your lectionary sheet and let's begin with the Gospel reading [Mark 10:17-31]: "As Jesus was setting out on a journey,... Continue reading
Old People's Geezette FUN (OR AT LEAST RELEVANT) FACTS ". . . the cochlea, a snail-shaped structure (cochlea means "snail") . . . is filled with twenty-seven hundred delicate hairlike filaments called stereocilia, which wave like ocean grasses as sound... Continue reading
To download this PDF file, please click here. This is a “fillable form,” so you can enter your answers on the pages which invite your responses, denoted below with an asterisk *. The contents of this PDF are: * Page... Continue reading
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The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times SURPRISING QUOTE "I am an atom of intellect with millions of solar systems over my head, under my feet, on my right hand, on my left, before me, and my adoration of the intelligence... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times LONGFELLOW LOCUTIONS "Like the Kingdom of Heaven, the Fountain of Youth is within us; If we seek it elsewhere, old shall we grow in the search. "If you would hit the mark, you must... Continue reading
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The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times POIGNANT QUOTES "When an old man dies, a library burns." An African proverb from Stephen King, "Mr. Harrington's Phone," in If It Bleeds, (New York: Scribner, 2020), p. 80. "I'd love to know how... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times FUN QUOTE "There are only three things in life which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third."... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times IN MEMORIAM _________, one of our Elgin and Waukegan Deaneries' retired members, died on March 9. Please take a moment to pray for _________: God of all mercy, into whose hands your Son Jesus... Continue reading
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The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times FUN PHOTOS Amidst the pageantry and business of November's Diocesan Convention, two emblematic pictures: For voting, new electronic gizmos were distributed to all voters. After a few inevitable glitches, the casting and counting proceeded... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times FUN POEM— AND USEFUL PRAYER When Ingrid and I were at St. Bartholomew's, Manhattan, in the 1980s, we met Leo Morris, a Church of England priest from the Diocese of St. Alban's. Later, we... Continue reading
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The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times FUN ETYMOLOGIES After I read an article Ingrid found online titled "Am I 'Old'?," I decided to look up the origins of "old" and "elder." Here's what I discovered: 1) old: originally a participle... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times FUN FACTS Ingrid and I joined other Chaplains from every province at the national triennial conference in Denver this past May. Matthew Price, the Church Pension Group's Senior Vice-President for Research and Data, gave... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel and Tired-Again Times FUN QUOTE Anne Lamott: "Here is some free writing advice: Stop Not Writing. You can turn off the tv for one hour. (The breaking news is that no one knows anything yet.) And in... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel The Tired-Again Times ENTITLING OURSELVES We have a virtual tie between The Sabbatical Sentinel and The Tired-Again Times. Please cast your vote! FUN FACT The Church Pension Plan holds $1.13 of assets for every $1.00 it needs... Continue reading
The Sabbatical Sentinel The Retreat Record The Tired-Again Times ENTITLING OURSELVES What shall we call our Newsletter? We came up with three possible titles. At least in theory, being retired is a continuing rest or cessation from labor, so The... Continue reading
The Church Pension Group has provided a guide to planning for disability and death, written by Thomas K. Chu, Counselor at Law. Here is a summary of the documents and their purposes: 1. Will: What happens with my stuff? 2.... Continue reading
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Dementia was the key topic for our first Retired Chaplains Conference. Our guide was the Rev. Colette Wood, whose father had dementia. In response, she wrote Do This, Remembering Me: Spiritual Care of Those With Alzheimer's and Dementia. You can... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on Genesis 1:1-2:4a, which you can read by clicking here; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, which you can read by clicking here; and St.... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on The Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21, which you can read by clicking here; and St. John's Gospel 20:19-23, which you can... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on two Gospels: St. Luke's story of Jesus' Ascension, chapter 24, verses 44-53; and Jesus' final words to his disciples at the... Continue reading