Conference,Catechism and Corny Jokes
Canon Rusty and I headed to Myrtle Beach on Friday morning to attend the Orthodox Anglican Church Annual Meeting and Convention. It was a delightful trip with the exception of the blue lights in my rearview mirror, accompanied by a ticket so graciously awarded me by one of NC Finest. Canon Rusty is a great priest, dear friend and terrific company. In between his corny jokes, which he has an endless supply, he helped kill the time with catechism tidbits that in short order made me realize what a mediocre Anglican I am. In my defense the last time I went through catechism was 40 years ago, but still, by the time we reached Myrtle Beach I concluded I should be relegated to living in the bell tower and ringing the bells rather than helping Canon Rusty serve during Sunday Mass (yes, I am a 50 year old altar boy)
The OAC annual meeting and convention was graciously hosted by Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Myrtle Beach and chaired by the Most Reverend Archbishop Creighton Jones, a dedicated Archbishop and the OAC is very blessed to have him. The day of the convention was a busy one, consisting of a Clergy meeting, the National Council meeting and the OAC Conference. It was a special year because the OAC celebrated its 50th year as a jurisdiction. Bishop Tom Gordon put together a great presentation on the 50 year history for the conference. The National Council meeting was very productive and the entire council was excited about the bright future of the OAC. I of course did not attend the meeting of the clergy but I suspect it was meeting to discuss the current health and well-being of each parish, idea sharing between the clergy and I wouldn’t be surprised if they compared techniques on how to make a paper airplane. To top the weekend off, 3 Priests and a Deacon were ordained. If you have never attended an ordination, please put that on you bucket list. It is a beautiful and reverent sacrament.
The ride home Sunday was much more subdued. I bound and gagged Canon Rusty, I couldn’t take any more catechism moments; my Anglican IQ had already dipped below 50. Between his mumblings of protest I had time to reflect on the weekend and I realized 2 things:
First how blessed I was to be a member of St. Augustine’s and the OAC. Spending the weekend with so many dedicated, well learned and compassionate priests made me understand how much the Anglican Liturgy and Holy Eucharist brought me to a much closer relationship with God. Second was that the greater knowledge I had of Anglican Liturgy and that of the Holy Bible, the more the above mentioned relationship with God would only become closer and stronger.
Chairman OAC National Council aka Altar Boy