St. Francis Weekly                         December 24 - December 31, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .
"The word became flesh, " wrote John, "and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). That is what incarnation means. It is untheological. It is unsophisticated. It is undignified. But according to Christianity, it is the way things are.
All religions and philosophies that deny the reality or the significance of the material, the fleshly, the earthbound, are themselves denied. Moses at the burning bush was told to take off his shoes because the ground on which he stood was holy ground (Exodus 3:5), and incarnation means that all ground is holy ground because God not only made it but walked on it, ate and slept and worked and died on it. If we are saved anywhere, we are saved here. And what is saved is not some diaphanous distillation of our bodies and our earth, but our bodies and our earth themselves. Jerusalem becomes the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven like a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:2). Our bodies are sown perishable and raised imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:42).
One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.
                                                                                --Frederick Buechner

Food for Thought. . .
Last night we observed The Longest Night of the Year with the annual Homeless Persons' Memorial service.  Individuals who had been homeless or who continued to be homeless spoke about their lives, their struggles, and, particularly, the people in the organizations that have helped them.  The event was sobering and it was hopeful.  The remembrance of those who died in the past year among the homeless of Stamford--those who were forgotten or discarded by many--was a powerful moment.  These were human lives.  Lives filled with hopes and dreams and fears just like everyone of us.  To read more, click here. . .

Link of the Week. . .
A long time ago (remember these images-and styles?!) but the message still rings true. . .
For Further Reflection. . .  
David Lose's helpful reflection for Advent 4B.  The operative word is surprise. . .
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, December 23
                                                 No Saturday Evening Service

Sunday, December 24--Advent 4B
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      

5:00 PM     Child-Friendly Christmas Eve Eucharist (Church)

8:30 PM     Pre-Service Concert (Church)

9:00 PM    Festive Christmas Eve Eucharist (Church)

This Week at a Glance

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

Thursday (28)
11:00 AM Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday (30)
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist (Historic Church)

Sunday (31)  Christmas 1B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

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

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

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 (Church)
Rearranging the Sanctuary for Lent

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

Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday, February 18 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club Lenten Study:  The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson

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