Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Making Jesus

I have been so crazy busy I've hardly had time to do my normal, everyday things, much less blog. I thought I'd tell you all that I'm not going to be able to blog a whole lot here, because I'm headed for Nashville on Friday, helping out with Vacation Church School this week, and Paul's parents will be here tomorrow to stay with the kids while we're in Nashville. I wrote something yesterday, and blogger said it posted but it didn't. :-(

But I have to tell you all a funny story about what happened today. As I said, I've been helping out with VCS. On Monday and Tuesday I helped with the preschool class (which meant I got some quality time with Christina's Pavlos). It's been a lot of fun, but my original commitment to VCS was helping the kids make prosphora, communion bread. We started that today, with the preschool kids, and tomorrow the older kids will make prosphora. So, I was there early this morning getting everything ready for the kids to make prosphora. Everything was set out: bowls, spoons, yeast, salt, flour. One of the moms came over and said that her son was so excited that he was going to be able to make the bread that, in our church, would become the body of Christ. I went back in the kitchen to get something else, and when I came back out, her son was poking his finger in the yeast. I went over and told him that it was for later, when we made prosphora. He said to me, excitedly, "I'm going to make Jesus!" I couldn't help but laugh, and I told him that he sure was.

When Paul came home tonight, I told him the story, but he'd already heard it. ;-)

My kids have been having a lot of fun with VCS, too. Zac is a participant, and Hibi is too old to participate in the receiving end, but she is a group leader. From everything I'm hearing, she's doing a great job with it, and really enjoying it! Zac has been staying late every day, to play with the kids whose moms stay late and the neighbor parishioner kids. Both Zac and Hibi have been involved in the skits, which are really impressive! I've been amazed at what they can put together in just an hour or so.

I won't post again until after we return from Nashville....and after Nashville we're heading to the coast with Paul's parents for a couple of days. I'll see you when I see you!


Anonymous said...

Hope your travels are safe and productive.


Harmonia said...

I enjoyed many Vacation Bible Schools back in the day...then while in college we went on retreats! Even better!

Have fun...stay safe!

Theophilus said...

Going to make Jesus! AMEN!

And then, Jesus is going to make us.

Thanks for your comment about camping equipment on my LJ account (or, rather, on Arielle's), and safe travels as you head to your metanoia IN A FREAKIN RESORT!!!

(See my pics thereof at )

Don't forget to order one of the ice cream sundaes from room service.

Mimi said...

That's so cute! Tee hee. Travel safely and enjoy!

Elizabeth said...

Okay, Theophilus, now you have me curious. Are the ice cream sundaes better there than other places? Why would I want to order one from room service?

I have to say that this hotel is NOT where I'd stay if I was choosing. It looks to me from the pics that it's way over-the-top. But I will enjoy seeing such a grand place, at least I hope. For those of you who don't know (I suppose Theophilus has inside info! ;-) the Clergy Laity Congress will be held at the Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville. You can see it's humongousness here:

A river runs through it. Literally. And you can ride on boats. Inside the hotel.

Theophilus said...

If there's a song that goes well with the way I feel about that place--and the way I think you'll feel about it too after your time there--I think I'd pick local Portland band Twin Sister's somewhat comical "Safe and Sound."

Well, it's probably a bit late to say much about it now, because I imagine you'll be back home by the time you read this, but yes...that place is insane. It's a human terrarium. Your social-justice-oriented sensibilities will scream in holy terror at the fact that this monstrosity exists while genocide continues to transpire in Rwanda, but...

...on a much lighter note, just order the ice cream sundae. The decadence's...I...

It's kinda apophatic. Hard to describe. Just do it. It's like a cross between culinary and hesychastic.

I'm not saying that you deserve the ostentatiousness, nor that you'll even feel comfortable with it. I know I didn't. But if someone sent me a BOAT full of ice cream, I don't think I'd say no. It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing.

Knock yourself out.

Or let the sugar rush do it.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, my. Theophilus, I think I like the way you think, and your writing is certainly amusing! Are you in Portland? I've not read your blog except for your description of the Opryland hotel (that was on your blog, right?) but I think I'll have to check it out when I get back.

Oh, and did I mention that Paul is giving a workshop, together with two other people, on St. Basil's writings on social justice and treatment of the poor? It's going to seem surreal in that kind of environment.

I do not know the Twin Sisters but I shall have to find out that too. We are enjoying finding local musicians!

Elizabeth said...

One more thing: I'm reading this just before we leave (in about two hours) and I will have access to the internet in Nashville, so comment away! ;-)

I told Paul your comment, and he wondered if maybe you meant "apofatic." :-) And here he just told us the definitions of apophatic word last night. And I can't remember. I'm not a theologian.