Dear Friends,

Last Sunday, toward the end of my sermon, I shared the following prayer from Mother Teresa. It reflects her transformation. In this time of adjusting to the restrictions of the pandemic, we too are going through transformations as we attempt to live life with faith, hope and love.

“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I am praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”

This is a time of change like we have never known. Last Sunday, I guess I was asking God for help without even realizing it and I heard an answer…a line from the prophet Isaiah:

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Find places of strength to cope with all that you face. And I remind you that spiritual strength can be found each Sunday after our online service. Come to the St Francis garden and receive the Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven, Communion under Special Circumstances, strength for the journey.

With love and care…
Please email or text (310-995-6519), Paula+ with your desired reserved time for Sunday Communion. (11, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45). I will reply to confirm.
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An Invitation to Learn - Update!
By The Rev. Jude Lyons

I have been overwhelmed of late with all the racism resources that appear in my email in-boxes, on social media, on websites, and on screens of all kinds. Perhaps you are overwhelmed too. It is so hard to choose what to focus on or even what to learn from. But, I continue to try to sort it out, and I continue to watch documentaries! Here an interview from the Episcopal News Service as well as a Diocesan letter from Bishop Diane. I am continuing to gather more materials from the Episcopal Church because I trust them and because they offer varying types of information and levels of engagement.
We will soon have a page on our website to gather all the materials I find so that all who wish to can have access to them.

Strength for the Journey,
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!

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