St. Francis Weekly                         December 17 - December 24, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .
Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be -
to be, And oh, to lose.

A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy.

'Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.
                                                   --Yehuda Halevi (11th century)

Food for Thought. . .
I love the candle light portion of the Lessons and Carols and Christmas Eve services.  Looking out over the congregation amidst the darkness of the night and the sanctuary, there appears a sea of light.  The waves are the joined flickering of the individual candles, creating a movement amidst the stillness.  Every so often you catch a glimpse of a face staring into the beauty of the flame before her and the hope or wonder that emanates, or you see another mouthing the words to Silent Night with eyes closed and depth of thought carried by the familiarity of the words.  Regardless, it is a holy moment.  Light and darkness.  Hopes and fears.  Dreams and horror.  The wholeness of life.  And, amidst it all, one wonders if the thing holding it all together and shot through it all is wonder.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
This is a repeat from a while back, but the essence of Josh Ritter's song seems so fitting for this season.  Joy to you all . . . 
For Further Reflection. . .  
As we observe five years since the shootings in Sandy Hook, a letter from the bishops of Connecticut.   Read it here. . .
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, December 16
9:00 AM     Prison Ministry
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night (Historic Church)

Sunday, December 17--Advent 3B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich      
4:00 PM      Service for Pets and Their People (Church)

5:00 PM     Service of Lessons and Carols (Historic Church)

5:45 PM     Parish Christmas Party (Rectory)

This Week at a Glance

Monday (18)
4:30 PM   Building One Community Board Meeting
6:30 PM   Interfaith Council Executive Meeting

Wednesday (20)
9:30 AM   Clergy Meeting

Thursday (21)
6:00 PM  Homeless Persons' Memorial Service (First Congregational Church)

Saturday (23)
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist (Historic Church)

Sunday (24)  Advent 4B & Christmas Eve
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
5:00 PM   Christmas Eve Eucharist (Church)
8:30 PM  Pre-service Concert (Church)
9:00 PM  Christmas Eve Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Christmas Day Eucharist

Thursday, December 28 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, December 30 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, January 7 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Marketing Committee

Sunday, January 14 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Bishop Ian Douglas Visitation

Wednesday, January 17 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, January 17 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)

Thursday, January 18 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith Prophets Study

Saturday, January 20 @ 5:30 PM (Rectory)
Parish Midwinter Party

Sunday, January 21 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 21 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and their People

Thursday, January 25 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith  Prophets Study

Sunday, January 28 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Daring to Drive

Thursday, February 1 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith  Prophets Study

Thursday, February 8 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith  Prophets Study

Sunday, February 11 @ 11:15 AM
Rearranging the Sanctuary for Lent

Wednesday, February 14 @ Noon
Ash Wednesday Service (Historic Church)

Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday, February 25 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:  New York Polyphony