It is truly an honour to welcome Her Grace, Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy as our presider and preacher this morning. And to honour this occasion I share a story of when a bishop (of course not our bishop) had visited a church and was standing at the church door greeting the congregation as they left the Sunday morning service.
While most of the people told the bishop how much they liked her message, one man seemingly had a different opinion. “That was a very dull and boring sermon, Bishop,” he said. The bishop was a bit baffled by this, but she continued to shake hands.
A few minutes later, the same man again appeared in line and said, “I don’t think you did much in the way of preparation for your message.”
Once again, the man circled back and appeared in line, this time muttering, “You really blew it. You didn’t have a thing to say, Bishop.”
Finally, the bishop could stand it no longer. She went to one of the wardens and inquired about the man. “Oh, don’t let that bloke bother you,” said the warden. “he’s a little slow. All he does is go around repeating whatever he hears other people saying.”
We thank Her Grace for the love, laughter, and wisdom she shares with us.
Love in my Master’s Name;
Fr Des Smit