St. Francis Weekly                      
November 23 - December 30, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
If God's incomprehensibility does not grip us in a word, if it does not draw us into his superluminous darkness, if it does not call us out of the little house of our homely, close-hugged truths, we have misunderstood the words of Christianity.
                                                                 --Karl Rahner


Food for Thought. . .
This was too good to pass up.  Kathleen Norris on 
Annunciation. . .

"Annunciation" means "the announcement."  It would not be a scary word at all, except that as one of the Christian mysteries, it is part of a language of story, poetry, image, and symbol that the Christian tradition has employed for centuries to convey the central tenets of the faith.  The Annunciation, Incarnation, Transfiguration, Resurrection.  A Dominican friend defines the mysteries simply as "events in the life of Christ celebrated as stories in the gospels, and meant to be lived by believers."  But modern believers tend to trust in therapy more than in mystery, a fact that tends to manifest itself in worship that employs the bland speech of pop psychology and self-help rather than language resonant with poetic meaning - for example, a call to worship that begins: "Use this hour, Lord, to get our perspectives straight again."  Rather than express awe, let alone those negative feelings, fear and trembling, as we come into the presence of God, crying, "Holy, Holy, Holy," we focus totally on ourselves, and arrogantly issue an imperative to God.  Use this hour, because we're busy later; just send us a bill, as any therapist would, and we'll zip off a check in the mail.  But the mystery of worship, which is God's presence and our response to it, does not work that way.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
A musical gift at this Feast of the Incarnation. . . 

Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss - The Wexford Carol (Video)
Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss - The Wexford Carol (Video)
For Further Reflection. . .  

An interesting interview 
with ECCT Bishop, 
Ian Douglas. . .

                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, December 22
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, December 23--Advent 4C
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle

10:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                        Celebrant: Debra Slade
                        Preacher: Mark Lingle

This Week at a Glance

Monday (24)
5:00 PM  Christmas Eve Eucharist (Church)
8:30 PM Christmas Eve Pre-Service Concert (Church)
9:00 PM Festive Christmas Eve Eucharist (Church)

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

Thursday (27)
11:00 AM Edgehill Eucharist 

Saturday (29)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (30)  Christmas 1C
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Tuesday, January 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, January 3 @ 7:00 PM
Faithful Futures Meeting

Saturday, January 5 @ 9:00 AM (Bethel AME Church)
Prison Re-entry Program

Saturday, January 5 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Choir Party 

Sunday, January 6 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Monday, January 7 @ 9:00 AM
Homeless Persons Memorial Service Meeting

Wednesday, January 9 @ 9:00 AM
Interfaith Planning Meeting

Wednesday, January 9 @ 11:00 AM
Smith House Eucharist

Wednesday, January 9 @ 6:00 PM
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Thursday, January 10 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Wednesday, January 16 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, January 16 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, January 17 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study
 
Sunday, January 20 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 20 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Monday, January 21 @ 10:00 AM (Bethel AME Church)
Martin Luther King Day Rally and March

Wednesday, January 23 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, January 24 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Thursday, January 24 @ 7:00 PM (First Presbyterian Church)
Interfaith Wisdom Literature Study

Sunday, January 27 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Annual Meeting  AIDS 

Wednesday, January 30 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, January 31 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00 PM (Temple Beth-El)
Interfaith Wisdom Literature Study

Saturday, February 2 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:  Cinderella
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