September 11 - September 18
Pentecost 17C
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Reflection       
As we begin the new program year at St. Francis, I invite you to respond to a recent tweet about those places we experience God in the world.  Respond to:  #Godactiveintheworld   Here is one image. . .

This past week Nicholas Kristof wrote an engaging opinion piece in the New York Times entitled What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?  The following quote from Kristof's piece (citing Brian McLaren) gets to the heart of what the original Jesus movement was about and how that movement has been transformed into something wholly unrecognizable in too many Christian circles today.  Here's Kristof: 
 
What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith not as a problematic  system of beliefs but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation  and expressed in compassion?"  [Brian]McLaren asks in "The Great Spiritual  Migration." "Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of  beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?"  To read more, click here. . .

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Perceptum 

What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?

A thought provoking opinion piece by Nicholas Kristof in the Sep. 3, New York Times.  Money quote:
        "What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith not as a problematic system of beliefs
         but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation and expressed in compassion?"
        [Brian]McLaren asks in "The Great Spiritual Migration." "Could Christians migrate from defining
        their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?"

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Calendar

Sunday, September 11--Pentecost 17C

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

     This Week at a Glance

        Tuesday (13)
  1:00 PM  Education Meeting
 6:30 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

  Thursday (15)
 Noon  Interfaith Council Planning Meeting
  4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Governance Committee

 Saturday (17)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)
 5:30 PM  The First 70 Event:  Pig Roast at Margery Irish's Home

         Sunday (18)  Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 
 8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
 11:15 AM  Finance Committee (Church)
 2:30 PM   Long Ridge Cemetery Service
 4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)

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Upcoming

Wednesday, September 21 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry 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 @ 3:00 PM (Stevens' Home)
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