What a blessing!
We drove through the early fog to the harbor and rode in a dinghy out to the waiting boat. Peter and Lisa, invited Martha and me and a friend from church to participate in the blessing of their boat. The new priest at the Santa Barbara Mission, Father Dan, (oldest church in California) came out later in another dinghy in his brown cassock, sandals and boat-blessing-rite. He asked me to read the Gospel lesson (Luke 8:22-25) about Jesus stilling the storm. We sang a Psalm responsively and he offered a prayer for blessing. Then, singing a refrain to God, we processed through the boat, Father Dan in the lead, with his bottle of holy water, the owners next, and us, a four person choir, following up in the rear.
After the blessing, we sat down to breakfast and coffee and talked about salvation and baptism. What a morning!