August 28 - September 4
Pentecost 15C
Reflection       
Remember we are back on schedule:  
8AM services at the Historic Church & 10AM services at the Church  

I am officiating at a wedding up north.  The following is from a wonderfully insightful and thoughtful friend, Jim Mustich, who offers much for all to consider. . .

1.  If there were an archaeology of consciousness, fieldworkers would sooner or later discover that prayer lies at the deepest layer of our urge to language. Before we knew we had selves to talk to, I'm sure our fears and longings found their expression in the supplication of unknown powers, as strange and various, and as ever-present, as the weather. To raise one's own voice in prayer, or even to consider the invocations of others, is to strip the paint of irony from the soul's abode: the effect can be startling, frightening, purifying.
2.  Faith is a resource both natural and supernatural, a vein of ore that runs to the heart from all the extremities of our lives. We do not always have at hand the tools to mine it, nor do we possess a key to the engines of doubt, humility, and hope that can transform the mineral into spiritual energy. The hard work of faith-the digging and the sifting, the exhaustions and exhilarations, the ignorance and intuitions that accompany any effort to shape being and belief-is a long labor.               
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Quote                                                                                                                                     As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; 
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells 
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's 
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; 
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: 
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; 
Selves - goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, 
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came. 

I say móre: the just man(sic) justices; 
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces; 
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is - 
Chríst - for Christ plays in ten thousand places, 
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his 
To the Father through the features of men's faces. 
                                                                   --Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Link/Pic of the Week 


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Perceptum 
An interesting article from The Atlantic on biblical literalism.  It is right in its assertion that fundamentalism is, interestingly, a child of modernity and consumerism.  The Obsession with Biblical Literalism


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Calendar

Sunday, August 28--Pentecost 15C

8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Debra Slade
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich
                     
10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Debra Slade
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

11:15 AM   Miles for a Mission Road Race Meeting (Church)

     This Week at a Glance 
        
        Any items for the Newsletter are greatly appreciated by September 30!!
        
        Friday (2)
 10:00 AM  Education Meeting (Church)

         Sunday (4)  Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 
 8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)

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Upcoming

Monday, September 5--LABOR DAY

Thursday, September 8 @ 4:30 PM
Neighbors Link Governance Meeting

Saturday, September 10 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscape Morning

Saturday, September 10 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, September 10 @ Noon (Rectory)
Choir Picnic

Saturday, September 10 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service begins

Sunday, September 11 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Rally Sunday, Beginning of Christian Education, Choir Returns

Saturday, September 17 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Saturday, September 17
First 70--Margie's Pig Roast

Sunday, September 18 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 22 @ 6:00 PM
Outreach Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 8:00 AM (Historic Church)
Joint Eucharistic Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
4th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race

Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, October 1 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, October 2 @ 8 & 10 AM
Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals in Worship

Sunday, October 2 @ TBA
Parents with Young Children BBQ

Tuesday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM (Stamford High School)
InterFaith Council Program:  Unity in the Season of Division

Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Sunday, October 23 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  Organ Recital

Thursday, October 27 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Sunday, October 30 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
 
Meeting between St. Francis parishioners and members of 
the American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies

Thursday, November 3 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Thursday, November 10 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Saturday, November 12 (Historic Church and Meeting Room)
First 70--John Dugdale Exhibition

Sunday, November 13 (Church)
First 70--Happy 70th Anniversary St. Francis!!!

Thursday, November 24 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving Service 

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St. Francis
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there
is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is d
oubt, faith;
where there i
s despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

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Rev. Mark Lingle
493 Old Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
203.570.6226
marklingle.pastor@gmail.com