St. Francis Weekly                          
March 19 - March 26, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .

Man's (sic) capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
                                                                  --Reinhold Niebuhr
Food for Thought. . .
Like a crime scene, Biblical texts leave a host of clues.  We do not always recognize them, and even when we do, we may not always be able to understand their meaning and consequences.  Regardless, nothing is ever as simple as it might appear.  Scratch the surface, and you will be surprised at what you find. 
 
This piece of text from Genesis is a case in point.  We aren't even exactly sure when Noah roamed the earth, and while we may sympathize that he had to steer an ark at the ripe old age of 600 (Did he have a special license?  A waiver from the DMV?), his very presence is questionable.  Furthermore, what sticks out in this portion of text is that Noah not only took two of each animal, but Noah took "clean" and "unclean" animals with him.  Why does the text need to stipulate this? 
    Link of the Week
Dawn Randall shared this with us during our Vestry pre-meeting Compline service.  Well worth hearing. . .

For Further Reflection. . .
The following is a brief clip from the upcoming documentary on Reinhold Niebuhr: 
 An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

In our day and age, Niebuhr's insights still resonate.  The second video is a longer discussion of Niebuhr with David Brooks and E.J. Dionne.
An American Conscience_ The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Brooks, Dionne, and Tippett Discuss the Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr & the Future of Christian Realism
Brooks, Dionne, and Tippett Discuss the Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr & the Future of Christian Realism
                 
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, March 18
All Day       Lenten Retreat (Holy Cross Monastery)
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

Sunday, March 19--Lent 3A
8:00 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

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    Book Club:   The Intimate Merton-- Pursuing the Monks True Life 
                                                                              (pp. 102- 154) (Church)

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

Monday (20)
Clergy Day Off

Wednesday (22)
Noon Stamford Clergy Meeting
2:00 PM  Building and Grounds Meeting (Church)
6:15 PM  Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal (St. John's Lutheran)
7:00 PM  Midweek Lenten Evening Prayer and Reflection on The Lord's Prayer       (St. John's Lutheran)
7:00 PM Trinity Institute:  Water Justice

Thursday (23)
All Day  Trinity Institute:  Water Justice

Friday (24)
All Day  Trinity Institute:  Water Justice

Saturday (25)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

 Sunday (26)  Lent 4A
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:00 AM  Book Club:   The Intimate Merton-- The Pivotal Years 
(pp. 155 - 210)   (Church)
4:00 PM  Confirmation (Meeting Room)
Save the Date

Tuesday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Hymn Selection Group

Sunday, March 26 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Lenten Book Club:  The Intimate Merton--The Pivotal Years (pp. 155 - 210) 

Wednesday, March 29 @ 6:30 PM
Midweek Lenten Program-- Baptism  
(St. John's Lutheran Church)

Thursday, March 30 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Sunday, April 2 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Lenten Book Club:   The Intimate Merton--
Exploring Solitude and Freedom (pp. 269 - 313) 

Monday, April 3  @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)  
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, April 5 @ 6:30 PM
Interfaith Council Program:  Interfaith Seder (Grace Farms)

Sunday, April 9 @ 8 & 10 AM  Palm Sunday

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 9 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Lenten Book Club:   The Intimate Merton
Exploring Solitude and Freedom (pp. 269 - 313) 

Wednesday, April 12 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Labyrinth Guided Meditation

Thursday, April 13 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 14 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Good Friday Service

Saturday, April 15 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Easter Egg Event

Saturday, April 15 @ 8:00 PM (Church)
Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 16 @ 7:00 AM (Historic Church)
Easter Service

Sunday, April 16 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Eucharist

Sunday, April 16 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Eucharist

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