Parson to Person
I was thankful for the lunch invite from the Santiago family, it kept my imagination from running wild into why the Dukes and the Wrights showed up together at church. Those concerns would surface later in the day.
Hector said, “We really enjoyed Mass this morning, Brian. Is it always like that?”
It took me a moment to figure out what he had just said. I had never heard the word ‘Mass’ used of a Protestant worship service before.
Lucienne added, “I really like the feel of a small Parrish”.
Again, I noticed the word Parrish – not a word we normally used to describe a congregation.
Our conversation was wonderful. I came away impressed that Hector and Lucienne were indeed very devout in their faith in Jesus and in their commitment to their church. I was surprised that there was genuine openness in our conversation about their experience at Covenant. They asked a lot of questions – good ones. I was nervous to ask some of the questions that were on my mind about Catholicism. I didn’t want to offend the Santiagos or embarrass Dani.
After our lunch date I looked forward to my normal Sunday afternoon nap. I decided to quickly check my email first. A note from Dan Hiles, the denomination’s District Superintendent greeted me.
Sent: 12/20/05 7:00am
To: Brian Haas
Might you have time for a visit with me this week? In short, the office received another complaint. This one is from a man named Earnest Wright. Once again, it looks pretty ‘run of the mill’ but, it would be good for us to talk. I’d prefer a face to face talk over a telephone call. Please drop me a line back as to your availability. Dan
I turned off the computer and stared at the dark screen. I felt Sarah’s hand on my shoulder.
“Does it have anything to do with both the Dukes and the Wrights showing up at church today?”