ST JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH
AMESBURY, MASSACHUSETTS

October 2, 2020 -
St Francis' Prayers
for the week of October 4, 2020

What you need: a watch, clock, or timer; a quiet creative activity; a candle (if it's okay, or an intentional object like a cross); a Bible, if you'd like; paper; something to write with; a snack. Have your class with a sibling or other family members, or enjoy this time by yourself.

1) Begin with a transition time – Peace & Quiet: enjoy a creative activity for about 10 minutes (journaling, clay, Legos, drawing, etc. Not a focus on a finished product; just enjoyment).

2) Next, clear that space, or move to another space, and light a candle (or place your intentional object). Settle in, and say a prayer, like: Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105). Offer more prayers, silently, or out loud, if you want.

3) Here are the appointed readings for October 4, 2020. Find them in your Bible. https://episcopalchurch.org/lectionary/pentecost-proper-22a (also in Spanish).

Our focus for this class = ST FRANCIS' Prayers:
The prayer on the left ("The St Francis Prayer") is attributed to St Francis; current research would suggest not. Do you think he wrote it? Do these sound like "Francis" words - or not?

The prayer on the right is from St Francis. It's called the "Canticle of the Sun" - though you can see that it also praises and wonders about the moon, stars, wind, air, clouds, calms, "all the weather", water, fire, Mother Earth, some special people, even death. What or whom do you feel he forgot to mention? What verses would you add, to make this prayer your own?

What do all of these words suggest to you about Francis? Would you have tried to see and hear him in person; camped out with him, given him rocks to build a church? Would you, could you give up everything to follow God the way that Francis did?

4) Think about what you read, chat about it if you have company, look it up online (if allowed) and see if there's commentary about it – do you agree? Do you feel called to do something?

5) Brainstorm & make a poster, your choice: Top 10 Things I'd Give Up for God
and/or Top 10 Amazing (to me) Things about Nature. Take a pic; email me! (Thank you!)

6) Snack time! Prayers first: talk to God! "I'm grateful for, I'm worried about, I ask for, etc. And/or take 5 or more minutes for centering prayer: relaxing into peace & letting thoughts go. Breathe! Enjoy your snack.

7) Finally, clean up your space(s), and say a closing prayer, like: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - Plato. Blow out the candle, or put away the intentional object (or leave it there if you'd like to create a little sacred area) and say out loud:
Go now in peace, to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God! ALLELUIA!
Extra:
Pettengill House has asked for our aid in raising money and/or collecting nonperishables (food & health items) - let's do it! What's your awesome idea?

- LMK if you want the links to past classes.

- Anti-Racist book club (online): This Book is Anti-Racist, by Tiffany Jewell. Maybe Monday afternoons or eves, every other week? What do you think? LMK - thanks!

How are you?! How's school, how's your world these days? - Peace, Linda
Adults: Please share this email with youth. If you'd like me also to send these emails to the kids, please email me their addresses & your permission. Thanks! Linda