Today has been a different day, with the funeral of Bishop George leading to a change of plan. All my neat packing has gone to pot. I now have three different choices to make tomorrow. A clerical suit, walking gear or vestments. I think by the end of the day I will have worn all three.
It is an honour to honour and the honouring of Bishop Lemmon has been a great privilege. We all seek to serve God in different ways and George and his family have certainly done that. Tomorrow as we lay him to rest near one of his favourite places, the family cottage at Crystal Beach, it will mark an ending.
As we travel the road of life there are many endings and new beginnings. Generations come and go, but the work of God continues. This evening more than twenty of us met in Cambridge Narrows to eat and pray. During the service we sang The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended. The words of the hymn remind us that the work of God and God's Church goes on from day to day.
There will always be new beginnings. One of the things we face is how to end things well, believing that the new will come.
Archbishop David with the Rev. Stephen Harnish and Captain Leonard Bednar, chaplain at Base Gagetown, at St. John's, Oromocto, and St. Luke's on the Base. David also visited Christ Church, Maugerville.
Members of the Parish of Cambridge and Waterborough at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cambridge-Narrows.