December 11 - December 18
Advent 3A
Reflection 
From Daian Frese-Harless who is a constant observer of the rhythm of life together at St. Francis and participates in ways subtle, not-so-subtle, and blessedly profound:

Newly returned to attending services, though not regularly, I had a problem standing during coffee hour in Assisi Hall.  I espied a friendly looking elderly lady sitting near the west entrance stairs and pulled up  one of those sliding chairs and was fascinated to hear of her travels any Sunday I made my way up to church.

She was one of two people I canonized in my early years back at St Francis after about a thirty year lapse except for a few visits along with my parents and Fred and sometimes Alan, who lived in The City.  I called her St Harriet of the Holy Welcome. I bring this up because I in turn get a kick out of talking with new people, although I of course enjoy the ones I have known for quite a while.  

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Link/Pic of the Week 
In this season of light and hope, this piece from Elgar's Nimrod Variations performed by Voces8 is transcendent (Thank you, Hilda Cook). . .

The text is as follows:

"Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam
dona eis, Domine, 
et lux perpetua leceat eis.

May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord, with Thy saints forever,
for Thou art Kind.
Eternal rest
give to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them."

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Perceptum 
If you haven't heard Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, The Very Right Reverend Michael Curry, this is well worth the listen.  It is his sermon at the latest Connecticut Convention. .  .


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Calendar

Sunday, December 11--Advent 3A

                  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: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
                      Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                      Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

11:15 AM    Music Committee Meeting (Church)

4:00 PM     Confirmation (Meeting Room)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (12)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (13)
 2:30 PM  Neighbors Link Governance Meeting 
 4:30 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

Wednesday (14)
 7:30 PM  Vestry (Meeting Room)

 Thursday (15)
 Noon  Community Catalyst Meeting
 7:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

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

         Sunday (18)  Advent 4A
 8:00 AM   Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 4:00 PM   Service for Pets and their People (Church)
 5:00 PM  Service of Lessons and Carols (Historic Church)
 5:45 PM  Parish Christmas Party (Rectory)

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Upcoming

Wednesday, December 21 @ 5:30 PM (First Congregational Church)
Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service

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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