Message from Jerry+

Today - Thursday, May 13th, is Ascension Day – one of my favorites on the church calendar. It strikes me as odd that the day passes with little notice by most Christians. Sure, we go all out at Christmas and Easter, but the Ascension gets little notice. Perhaps it is because it is on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter (see Acts 1:3), or because there do not seem to be many great Ascension hymns, or perhaps it just seems a bit confusing. We might ask, “Where did Jesus go?” or “Where is heaven, anyway?” I hope you will join us on Sunday, the 16th when I will try to provide some answers!

The Ascension is also suggestive for our time of transition. The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled with Spirit (which happened 10 days later at Pentecost). Both the Gospel of Luke (Lk 24:52-3) and the Book of Acts (Acts 1:14) tell us that the disciples devoted themselves to prayer and praise of God during this period. As we live in this liminal space, prayer and praise should be priorities for us.

A Prayer for Ascension Day:
Eternal God, you have given your Son authority in heaven and in earth; grant that we may never lose the vision of his kingdom but serve him with hope and joy; for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever.  (New Zealand Prayer Book)
You may notice some changes in our worship in the weeks to come. I know, nothing makes Episcopalians more nervous than “change.” But please, don’t panic! Or perhaps better, “do not be afraid!” The transition period is a good time to shake things up a bit. For example, this Sunday we will be using Eucharistic Prayer A from the Prayer Book. This is similar to weight trainers going back to basics forms like squats and deadlifts. We will also experiment with some changes to the Prayers of the People. Someone might decide to change their wardrobe and experiment with different styles they never tried before; maybe it works and maybe not. This is all part of the process of exploring who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going. Please . . . give me feedback; whether you love it or hate it, let me know. Above all, be at peace!
Next Sunday - Covid Memorial Service
Take Part in a Covid Memorial Services on Pentecost evening, May 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
Two options - a large diocesan service available on-line (Click here and scroll down for details), and the other will be a small remembrance held in person, outside, in the St Francis Memorial garden, also at 5:00 p.m.

Please send to me any names of people you know who have died of Covid or suffered great losses because of Covid. I will submit those names to the Diocese. Then I invite you to join Jerry+ and me in the St. Francis Garden at 5:00pm May 23rd for a short service of prayer and remembrance.
RSVP via Text: 310-701-5966 or email.
Remember to Reserve Your Place for Sunday Worship!

  • To attend the service you must reserve a place in advance so that we can manage social distancing and keep records as per Diocesan rules.
  • Click here to make your reservation. Please read details of our safety precautions when you reserve your place. Note - you don't need to print a paper ticket. We have an electronic record we refer to on Sunday mornings.
  • And dress in layers - the doors will be open for ventilation.
  • If you have problems with the online system please contact Mary in the church office - 310 375 4617.
  • Livestreamed worship will still continue - indefinitely - to take our mission out beyond our walls, and to those who cannot, or do not wish to attend in person. Our at-home congregation are loved and appreciated and not forgotten!

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.
Meanwhile, Rev. Jude, together with lay leaders, continues to offer opportunities for faith, connection and pastoral care, as below.
Please don't hesitate to contact her by email, phone, text 310-701-5966, or in person, with questions/prayers/requests/ideas for other groups or practices. We deeply want to continue to support all of our church family as we navigate these 'in-between' times with regard to the pandemic, and as we move forward into a new normal.
Join Us...
...for the quiet, peaceful, 15-minute service of Compline.

Every Monday-Wednesday-Friday evenings at 7:00 pm. Live on the St Francis Facebook Page.
Led by a group of lay leaders - and we have some new faces joining the team!
Watch and comment with others live, or watch later in the evening before you sleep.
What is Compline anyway? Read more here.
Thursday Morning Meditation and Bible Study
Every Thursday 9:30-10:30am - on Zoom
Contact Jude+ for the zoom link.
Become part of an intimate group who spend a while in meditation together followed by a time of Bible Study and discussion. On zoom it's easy! No driving; bring your own coffee; come and go as you need.
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 Jerry+ or Jude+ at any time.
You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!
Jude+, 310-701-5966.
Watch Our Services Live via Facebook and Youtube
Sunday Morning Worship – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Worship bulletins are here.
Our Youtube Channel holds our Worship and Sermon videos, plus Virtual Choirs, and more! Hit Subscribe while you're there!!
You do not need to have a Facebook page to view our content. Just click here to view our page.
Compline - Live via our Facebook page
Prayer for the evening - Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m.
Livestreams are also saved to our Facebook page, so you can watch again at any time if you miss one.

Other Offerings and Meetings
Zoom groups -
Tell Your Friends - Covid Vaccines are Easily Available

  • How and Where? There are now plenty of vaccines appointments available for everyone. Walk-in vaccinations are available without appointments to anyone 16 and older at L.A. County sites. Click here.
  • Why bother, now that cases are lower? First of all - once you're vaccinated you regain freedom from restrictions!! And numbers are lower, but there are still patients with COVID-19 in L.A. County - (390 people in the hospital on May 3).
  • Why Me? Vaccination is important in order to minimise the risk of mutations developing which might be vaccine resistant, and create more waves of disease. It's also important to protect those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions/age etc.
St Luke's - One Time Only Substitute Needed for Saturday July 17

Gayle Taylor needs a sub for the day. (she will be out of town).
  • pick up lunches on the afternoon of July 16 and drive them to St. Luke's by 7:30 a.m on the morning of July 17.
  • set up lunches on tables;
  • serve people until 9:30 a.m. 
  • COVID safety protocols are in place at St. Luke's and all serving takes place outside. 
Please email Gayle to find out more if you think you can help.

The breakfast and showers program for the homeless at St. Luke's in Long Beach has continued during the pandemic. In the past year, St. Francis parishioners have made over 1100 bagged lunches that are distributed on the third Saturdays of odd months (January, March, May, July, September, and November.) Great thanks to Susie Zimmerman, Susan Egan, Joyce Alley, Alyce Metzroth, Alison and Ethan Kral, and Gayle Taylor for providing lunches; and to Gayle for getting the lunches to St. Luke's and finding a few people to help with serving.
Enews Submission Deadline - 3pm on the Wednesday before the Thursday when the enews is issued each week. Email Susan with your requests.
Contacts:
The Rev. Jude Lyons, 310-375 4617 x225, cell 310-701-5966.