great weekend with the ‘rents

DSCN1565.JPGThe folks were in town this weekend, and it was one of those weekends from which you need about 3 weekdays to recover. One of those weekends that make you think there could be no better place to be in the summertime than New England.

The weather and company were amazing all weekend. We spent time walking along the seaside Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, played miniature golf in Portsmouth, NH, made and flew our own kites near the Chelsea Creek in East Boston, enjoyed the Italian Festival a few blocks from our house (remember the event from last year when we met our great friends Matt & Pam?), walked the Esplanade along the gorgeous Charles River (see photo), enjoyed a bluegrass concert in a harborside park near our house, and worshiped together at the historic Trinity Church in Copley Square.

Trinity, an Episcopal congregation founded in 1733 (!), is a Boston mainstay and center for faith formation in this city. We thoroughly enjoyed our time worshiping there Sunday morning, and would encourage anyone traveling to Boston to schedule a Trinity service into their schedule.

I saw the a T-shirt hanging in the church building with the following Top-10 list, which I thought was blog-worthy. It’s Robin Williams’ “Top 10 Reasons He’s an Episcopalian.” These were especially fun as we were walking out of the service. Enjoy!

10. No snake handling.

9. You can believe in dinosaurs.

8. Male and female, God created them; male and female, we ordain them.

7. You don’t have to check your brains at the door.

6. Pew aerobics.

5. Church year is color coded!

4. Free wine on Sunday.

3. All of the pageantry, none of the guilt.

2. You don’t have to know how to swim to get baptized.

1. No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.

(oh, and thanks to PreacherMike, who paid us a visit and treated us to some great seafood and encouragement on Thursday night)


5 responses to this post.

  1. We saw that shirt when we visited Trinity when some of our Harding friends were visiting. They’re semi-Episcopal (not CofC background anyway) and really enjoyed the shirt–as did I.

    Glad you got to spend some time with the parents! Hope you find some time to recoop.


  2. The T-shirt isn’t exclusive to Mr Williams. You can get your very own T, mug, bag, teddy bear, etc. at the EpiscoWare web-site:

    Some of my other personal faves:
    * Coffee Hour: The Third Sacrament
    * Episco-Purple: Episcopalians are not Red or Blue. We’re Purple!
    * I reject your reality and substitute my own.
    * Episcopalians don’t stand in lines, we join processions!

    There are more fun ones, but these will get you started.

    Glad you and Chrissy had some uplifting visits — your folks are looking great, BTW!



  3. Posted by Dan on July 23, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Guess I’m just not hip but I don’t care for religious jokes.


  4. Posted by Steve on July 23, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Dan –


    – Steve


  5. “…your folks are looking great, BTW.”

    I just love that Deb!


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