XXXXXXXXXXXX, Surely it would be ˙˙neater˙˙ if the church could have dealt with blessings before it dealt with ordinations or consecrations; but that simply did not happen. Like you, I might choose to change the order in which church considers issues. For example, if it were in my power, I might ask Jesus to have articulated the creed rather than force the church to wait almost 400 years for it, much of the wait in conflict that we might have avoided. However, on further reflection, I am glad that Jesus did not require the thief on the next cross to recite the creed before offering him assurance that they would meet in paradise. Most important, I am glad that you and I are not in charge. I rejoice that the Holy Spirit is not restricted by what we might construct as more orderly sequences. Louie Crew
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