We were up in Oregon (practice saying “Or-ee-gun” and not “Or-ee-GON”), went to be with Trinity Covenant, which is an absolutely splendid church — and I can say that about a lot of churches, and also about this one. Lots of good things going on; thriving at so many levels. Chris Haydon asked the community to deck out in red to symbolize the flame of the Holy Spirit, and I confess I’ve never seen so much red in a church — the only thing redder is a Cardinal game (which also inflames, but not in a holy manner). He is a master liturgist and did a wonderful job leading the service. I could go on, but it was our last Jesus Creed weekend of the school year. The more I see churches the better the Church gets.
On Sat eve a couple took Kris and me to see the Oregon coast, which was a first for us. No sooner had we gotten to Lincoln City than we saw a crowd around some kind of commotion. Lo and behold! a baby seal had just been birthed on the shore, its mother was out in the Pacific eating or doing what new mothers do in the Pacific, and so we stood around a marveled at this new little creature rolling around getting itself used to the world and gearing up for a lifetime of making humans happy and swimming and eating. Pretty cool for us. We stayed the obligatory 50 yards back to protect the sanctity of the little feller.
If you get there, go south to Depoe City and have dinner at Tidal Raves. Great scenery and food.