January 1 - January 8
Christmas 1A
Reflection 
From the Christmas Eve sermon. . . 

A rock resides in one of the magnificent stained glass windows in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  It isn't your normal run-of-the-mill mineral deposit that fences the property lines of the Connecticut landscape or one that you use to skip along the water's surface during a moment of lakeside reverie.  This rock is from the moon.  A moon rock that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins delivered from the Sea of Tranquility during a ceremony at the Cathedral in 1974.  The Space Window is what they call it.  Literally, a little piece of the heavens embedded in the earth.


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Remember:
5:00 PM Eucharist at the Church on Saturday, December 31
and
10:00 AM Eucharist at the Historic Church on Sunday, January 1
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Link/Pic of the Week 
As we are about to embark on a new year, a quick glimpse back of who we lost in the year past is sad and sacred. . .


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Perceptum 
A New York Times op-ed from Peter Wehner.  Well worth the read (thank you, Maryann Kann):  Humanizing Jesus

For one thing, the Incarnation dignifies the everyday. There has been a temptation 
throughout Christian history to denigrate the things of this world, from material comforts to the 
human body, viewing them as lowly and tainted. But this concept is at odds with what Jesus' 
life taught, which is that while worldly things can be corrupted, they can also 
be elevated and sanctified. 
Calendar

Sunday, January 1, 2017--New Year's Day-- ONE SERVICE AT THE HISTORIC CHURCH!

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

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (2)
        Clergy Day Off

 Thursday (5)
  Noon  Meeting with Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal
 6:30 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 7:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

 Friday (6) 
 8:00 AM  Confirmation Class

 Saturday (7)
 Noon - 4:00 PM  Assisi Hall in use
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (8)  Epiphany
 8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
 4:00 PM  Sounds Good Concert:  Simpatico Chamber Ensemble (Church)

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Upcoming

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