Dear Friends,

Another week we have to engage and move through this season of isolation and challenges, this COVID 19 world. I want to remind us that each of us handles stress differently. Some are appreciating the new ways of worship and prayer online and others are not finding the two-dimensionality very fulfilling. God meets you where you are and together, with God, go and do what you can without guilt or “shoulds”.
This morning I was talking to our new music director, Dr. Mark Bennett. Mark “took over” just a few days ago. How hard to go forward without a choir to rehearse in person on a Thursday night! It is not only okay, but appropriate that these first few Sundays for Mark can be simple. He and the choir will get to know each other and adapt to virtual rehearsals and recordings. Remember that first Sunday, March 22, after churches were shut down? We went “live” on Facebook and Jeannie Cobb sang into her cellphone and I held up my cellphone at my lap top microphone! We have come a long way, but Mark is stepping into this season with more handicaps then any of us appreciate. Welcome, Mark, and we pray the best for you and our choir!

This Sunday we continue offering in person Communion under Special Circumstances and welcome you to receive the Bread from Heaven AND…

bring things for the St Luke’s Homeless Breakfast and Shower Ministry. The coordinator emailed Gayle Taylor, our Outreach Shepherd, that they need towels and washcloths and men’s pants and shorts sizes 32-36. (See details below to RSVP for Communion).

Hang in there!  God loves you!
And I love you,
310-995-6519
310-375 4617 x223.
Receive the Body of Christ
You are invited to receive the Body of Christ on Sundays in our St Francis Garden in a reserved spot for Holy Communion under Special Circumstances at 11, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45. Social distancing markers are in place and we ask you wear a mask. The wafer is in a paper cup on a tray, distanced from everyone.
To receive this Sunday - August 30, Please reserve a spot with Paula+ by email or text (310-995-6519).
Be together - 5 days a week, as well as Sundays.
Morning prayer twice-weekly, led by Paula+, and Compline three times per week, led by Jude+ and a team of lay leaders. Each service includes the traditional service, plus words from the leader, and explanations of the readings. They are prayerful and quiet, a far cry from the turmoil of the world, and medicine to help us heal and be comforted and inspired.
Watch Our Services via Facebook
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Weekly Worship - all via our Facebook page
  • Sunday Readings, Music, Sermon, words from Paula+, and Spiritual Communion – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Worship bulletins are here.
  • Morning Prayer - Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m.
  • Compline (prayer for the evening) - Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m.
  • Taizé - 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Livestreams are also saved to our Facebook page, so you can watch again at any time if you miss one. Plus our sermons are also available as separate audio recordings here.

Other Offerings and Meetings
Zoom groups -
Zoom meetings -
  • Staff
  • Finance
  • Vestry
  • Endowments
  • Miscellaneous
ISAIAH … in (only) 5 Sessions !!!!! 
Next Tuesday, September 1st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, our Bible study of ISAIAH begins! Hooray!

Isaiah is quoted more times in the New Testament than any other book in the Hebrew Bible. Jesus reads from Isaiah (Isa 61:1-2) as he begins his ministry and then declares that,
“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Lk 4:21)

Why Isaiah?
Isaiah is a beautiful, powerful, poetic, disturbing, wild, inspiring, important book,
and I invite you to join in the fun of engaging with this text!!
There are five sessions:

  • Sept. 1, 7:00-8:30pm. - Overview, Historical Context, ISAIAH aloud w/recording. First Isaiah 1-39; Wrath and Recovery

  • Sept. 15, 7:00-8:30pm - Second Isaiah 40-55; The Suffering Servant and Jesus; Servant Songs; Poetry and Music

  • Sept. 29, 7:00-8:30pm - Second Isaiah 40-55; Suffering then and now; More Servant Songs; Quotes to remember

  • Oct. 6, 7:00-8:30pm - Third Isaiah 56-66; Hope; A Restored Covenant; Leadership Gone Awry; Restoration of the Faithful

  • Oct. 20, 7:00-8:30pm - Back to the Beginning: First Isaiah 1-39; Who did they say God is? Who do we say God is?

Note from Rev Jude: I am not an expert, at all, on Isaiah. This class will need your questions, insights, former knowledge, or first-time observations to make the experience meaningful.

No experience necessary; all brains welcome.  Please email me before Tuesday and I will send you the zoom link.

Jude+
310-701-5966
Urgent!! St Luke's
Donations of men’s clothes urgently needed at St. Luke’s.

  • In addition to the belts and baseball caps mentioned last week, they need
  • men’s pants size 32-38 (no 40+)
  • men’s shoes size 10-14.
  • Also needed are towels and wash cloths. They ran out at last week’s Shower program!!

Email Gayle Taylor to arrange for pick up. THANKS!!!
The Bellringer
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Do you need help of any kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, Material?
We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances are difficult for many at this time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Paula+ or Jude+ at any time.

If you are in a position to do so, (only if - no guilt), you may also donate to Paula+'s Discretionary Fund to help those at St. Francis in financial need. Send checks to 2200 Via Rosa, PVE 90274, made out to St. Francis Church, with 'Rector's Discretionary Fund' in the memo line. Thank you!

Email Paula+, 310-995-6519
Email Jude+, 310-701-5966.
View or download our bulletins - bulletins will be posted in time for livestreaming.

Sunday's Sermon




Contacts:
Paula+, 310-375 4617 x223.
Jude+, 310-375 4617 x225.
You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!