December 18 - December 25
Advent 4A
Reflection 
The vestry met this past Wednesday, and Audrey Roco presented a reflection during our beginning prayer service.  It is a wonderful lesson and expansion by her on our own journeys.  Enjoy. . .

I was reading my grandson a book a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at the amazing lesson at the end. I can't remember the title but I remember the lesson.

        In a town of Chinese rats, a rich empress dressed in fine silk stood in the middle of a crowd of simple town-rats scurrying in the muddy pavements left after a heavy rain. She would not budge from her little mound for fear that mud would stain her beautiful garb. She barked at the other rats to carry her but the more she fumed, the more obnoxious she was, the less inclined any of the rats felt about carrying her.  To read more, click here. . .



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Link/Pic of the Week 
I Trust You is the title of this video.  It is a reminder of the connections that we share and the ongoing need to reach out to each other (thank you, Betsy Adams).


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Perceptum 
Very interesting regarding the Christmas Carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. . .
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were
not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,    Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,    Faithfulness,
 Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.'

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone 
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Calendar

Sunday, December 18--Advent 4A

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

4:00  PM    Service for Pets and their People (Church)

5:00 PM     Service of Lessons and Carols (Historical Church)

5:45 PM    Parish Christmas Party (Rectory)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (19)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (20)
 4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Board Meeting

Wednesday (21)
 Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
 6:00 PM  Homeless Persons' Memorial Service

 Thursday (22)
 11:00 AM   Edgehill Eucharist

 Saturday (24)--CHRISTMAS EVE
 5:00 PM  Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service (Church)
 8:30 PM  Pre-Service Concert (Church)
 9:00 PM  Festive Christmas Eve Service (Church)

         Sunday (25)  CHRISTMAS DAY
 10:00 AM Festive Christmas Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)

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Upcoming

Saturday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service

Saturday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Pre-Service Concert

Saturday, December 24 @ 9:00 PM (Church)
Festive Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Christmas Day Service

Saturday, December 31 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, January 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Blessings in 2017!!

Saturday, January 7 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, January 8 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:  Simpatico

Saturday, January 14 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

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

Sunday, January 15 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and their People (Church)

Saturday, January 21 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

Saturday, January 21 @ 9:00 AM (St. John's Lutheran)
Ecumenical Mid-Winter Quiet Morning on Julian of Norwich by Elaine Ramshaw

Saturday, January 21 @ 5:30 PM (Rectory)
Parish Mid-winter Party

Sunday, January 22 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
St. Francis Annual Parish Meeting

Saturday, January 28 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, January 29 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club: The Wounded Healer

Thursday, February 9 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Sunday, February 12 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Cross & Crescent Conversation with American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies

Wednesday, March 1 @ Noon (Historic Church)
Ash Wednesday Service with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday Service with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

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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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