Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is the 183rd Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Chicago, and for the first time ever, it will be completely digital. This makes me sad because I am a church geek, and I love diocesan conventions!! For many, it is the one time of year people from all over this large diocese can gather and see each other—to rekindle old friendships and be reminded just how large a group we are. All Saints’ is one of over a hundred churches in our diocese, and when in person, the convention hall at the Westin in Lombard is filled with over 800 people/representatives/delegates from each congregation. It is a sight that I will truly miss seeing this year.

But, there is a plus side to having everything digital… for the first time, everyone (not just delegates) will be able to view all that Convention has to offer. Yes, if you love the “business” of the church, and would like to hear debates and resolutions and amendments to resolutions from the “floor,” you can participate. But more importantly, Convention is also a deeply prayer-filled experience, and also for the first time, we all can participate!

These two major worship services showcase the best of what the diocese has to offer in terms of worship – beautiful music, thoughtful liturgy, and an opportunity to see the diversity that exists in this diocese:

  • Evening Worship: Friday (tonight) at 7:00 p.m. (CST), which is pre-recorded and edited, and will feature a special convention necrology, as we lift up the names of those we have lost in 2020—our beloved Chris Flowers is included in the necrology.
  • Morning Prayer: Saturday at ~ 11:15 a.m. (CST), and this will include a sermon given “live” by Bishop Jeff Lee (this will be his last Convention)

I can’t commend these worship services to you enough. They will certainly be deeply moving and inspiring. Both services will be broadcast on the diocese’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Speaking of worship and prayer, I would like you to keep our diocesan delegates from All Saints’ in your prayers. Allison Loecke, Mike Mattson, and Tony Swain will be representing our community tomorrow, and if you have the opportunity, please reach out and thank you them for their important participation.

See you online at worship (all the worship!!),

The Rev. Andrew Rutledge