May 8 - May 15
 Easter 7C
Reflection     
This week's second lesson continues the revelation to John that we find in the book that bears this name..  There is a section that is one of my favorite in all of Scripture.  The larger portion reads:
 
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come."
And let everyone who hears say, "Come."
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon."        
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
 
The request, "Come, Lord Jesus!" is translated in the Aramaic as Maranatha.  And it is a fitting appeal, perched as it is at the very end of the whole of Scripture.  In essence, it is the phrase that has been echoed down through the centuries by believers in every time and space.  For all of us have been in those situations where we long for the fullness of God in Christ to be known and to end whatever struggle we find ourselves in.  Amen is right! To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 

If you missed it, a nice article on the relationship that we share with the American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies.
















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Perceptum 
If you have not seen this, it is worth viewing.  From Jesus to Christ. . .


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Calendar

Sunday, May 8--Easter 7C--MOTHERS' DAY

8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft

10:00 AM    Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft

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

     This Week at a Glance 

       Monday (9)
       9:00 AM  Gardening Morning (Church)
      10:00 AM  Clergy Meeting

       Tuesday (10)
9:00 AM  Morning Prayer (Historic Church)

       Wednesday (11)
       Noon  Clericus Meeting
       5:00 PM  Serving Dinner at Shelter for the Homeless

        Thursday (12)
        4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Governance Committee 

        Friday (13)
        Noon  Reimagining the Episcopal Church Regional Conference

        Saturday (14)    
        All Day  Reimagining the Episcopal Church Regional Conference
        5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Worship  (Church)
   
         Sunday (15)  Feast of Pentecost
  8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
  10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)  
  11:00 AM  Expanded Coffee Hour and Thanksgiving for Brandon Ashcraft's ministry
  11:15 AM  Book Club:   The Road to Character  (Church)
  4:00 PM    Service for Pets and their People (Church)

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Upcoming

Wednesday, May 18 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

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

Sunday, May 22 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Load-A-Truck Sunday (Food to Support The Foodbank of SW CT

Sunday, May 22 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Friday, May 27 - Tuesday, May 31
Pastor Mark away for vacation

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

Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:00 AM (Stamford Marriott)
Neighbors Link Stamford Spring Breakfast Benefit

Saturday, June 4 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, June 4@ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, June 5 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Parish Picnic

Wednesday, June 15 @ 7:30 PM (Church)
Vestry

Thursday, June 16 @ 11:00 AM 
Edgehill Eucharist

Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24
Pastor Mark away for vacation

Saturday, June 25 @ 
First 70--Hoe Down at Lillian Kraemer's Home

Sunday, July 3 @ 2:30 PM
Southbury Lutheran Home Service

Saturday, July 9 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, July 9
First 70--Dinner Sail on the Sound

Sunday, July 17 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Tuesday, July 19 @ 4:30 PM
Neighbors Link Board Meeting

Thursday, July 28 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, August 13
First 70--Extraordinary Dinner with Asian Flair

Saturday, August 20
First 70--Powerboat Cruising on the Sound

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

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

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

Saturday, November 12
First 70--John Dugdale Exhibition

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

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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
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