St. Francis Weekly                          
June 4 - June 11, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .

Lord, catch us off guard today. 
Surprise us with some moment of beauty or pain 
so that for at least a moment we may be startled into seeing 
that you are here in all your splendor, 
always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, 
within this life we breathe.
                                               --Frederick Buechner


Food for Thought. . .

At the recent CREDO conference that I attended near Asheville, NC, numerous stories of life and ministry were shared.  The sacredness of our stories and how they express the deeper realities of our being was reaffirmed by this experience.  There were, of course, many anecdotes laced with humor and silliness.  Yet the expressions of breathtaking sadness that emerged were powerful.  Faith, in these instances, is not so much a belief in a magician who can make all the difficulty disappear.  Rather, faith is embodied in these moments as the very real and, at times, terrible placing of one foot in front of the other not knowing where it will lead just to walk through the day.  Certainty, understanding, assurance are niceties that often do not reside on this side of faith.  Rather the rawness of aloneness and the tentative reaching out for support is the body language of faith.  Faith, in this instance, does not mean proof.  Faith means seeking meaning in a world that, at the moment, seems devoid of it.  To read more, click here. . .
    Link of the Week

Ducklings saved in Turkey.  The interconnectedness of things...


For Further Reflection. . .    

A wonderful series of reflections in the recent Christian Century on Surprise.  Read it here.

The Buechner quote is a nice setup.
"Lord, catch us off guard today. Surprise us with some moment of beauty or pain so that for at least a moment we may be startled into seeing that you are here in all your splendor, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life we breathe."
                                       --The Hungering Dark

                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, June 3--
9:00 AM     Prison Ministry
9:00 AM     Landscaping Morning (Church)
5:00 PM      St. Francis  Saturday Night Service (Church) 
           (This is the last Saturday Service until we reconvene in September)
              
Sunday, June 4--Feast of Pentecost--WEAR RED!
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      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: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
                      Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

11:00 AM    Parish Picnic (Church)
  
This Week at a Glance

Monday (5)
Clergy Day Off

Tuesday (6)
8:00 AM   Education Meeting
2:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

Wednesday (7)
6:30 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry (Margery Irish's home)

Saturday (10)
10:00 AM  Confirmation Service (St. Mark's, New Canaan)
Please Note there will be no Saturday Service until September
 
Sunday (11)  Trinity Sunday
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)

Save the Date

Wednesday, June 14 @ 2:00 PM (Church)
Building and Grounds Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 14 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, June 17 @ 7:30 PM (Union Baptist Church)
Interfaith Iftahr Meal and Program

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

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

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