St. Francis Weekly                          
June 18 - June 25, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .




Food for Thought. . .
Perhaps the difficulty of our time is to remember what is real.  The assault on truth from fake news, while not new to our public discourse, certainly possesses a power and reach that we have not witnessed.  Furthermore, the Down-the-Rabbit-Hole effect of real news castigated as fake news and duping people is deeply troubling.  If nothing else, the need for an educated populace in a democracy has been underscored by our current conundrum regarding what is real and what is fake.  
 
While the implications of this dilemma for politics and policy are unbelievably important and our calling as citizens as well as Christians is to be vigilant (Luther's distinction of the Two Kingdoms is helpful now as it was in the 16th century), I am drawn to a different consideration of remembering what is real.  However, a case can be made that this different awareness possesses even greater import and engagement with what is real and what is fake.  Stay with me.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week

An old favorite of Ryan Adams.  While Adams' version focuses on human relationship, the song possesses a feel and language for what theologians refer to as realized eschatology.   In essence, there is no place to go but home and we are there. 
Here's a portion of the lyrics:
Follow the lights that line the streets
connecting telephones
Follow the lights from house to house
And they will lead you home
They will lead you home
Cause there was never anywhere to go
There was never anywhere to go
But home

For Further Reflection. . .    


A statement from the Presiding Bishop 
of the Episcopal Church,  Michael Curry, responding to the U.S. pulling out of 
the Paris Climate Accord.  
You can read it  here.

                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, June 17--
7:30 PM    Interfaith Iftar (Union Baptist Church)
              
Sunday, June 18--Pentecost 2A
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

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

4:00 PM      Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
  
This Week at a Glance

Monday (19)
Clergy Day Off

Sunday (25)  Pentecost 3A
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)

Save the Date

Pastor Mark on Vacation from June 20 - July 8

If there is a pastoral emergency, please call 
The Rev. Debra Slade at (203) 512-0215 

Saturday, July 8 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Sunday, July 16 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People 

Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM (Avon Theater)
Religious Hope and the Movies:  
Tender Mercies with discussion led by Pastor Mark

Wednesday, August 19 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Anti-Defamation League program with Yair Rosenberg

Wednesday, August 2 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, August 5 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM (Avon Theater)
Religious Hope and the Movies:  
Defending Your Life led by Rabbi Josh Hammerman

Sunday, August 20 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

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

Sunday, September 10 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Rally Sunday

Wednesday, September 13 @ Noon
Rector's of SW CT Meeting

Wednesday, September 13 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

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

Wednesday, September 20 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Sunday, September 24 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Miles for a Mission Road Race

Sunday, October 1 @ 8AM & 10AM
Feast of St. Francis Pet Blessing


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