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St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
February 17, 2021
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Ash Wednesday Service this Evening
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Moxie Pond, Maine (photo by Suzanne Warner)
A Message from Fr. Brent-

Lent 2021

“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.”
         -Joel 2:12-14

So it begins... another Lent in COVID times. 
This whole year has been a rather penitential one. So much has been lost to this virus. Some of it has been taken from us: our health, loved ones, time, physical contact, jobs and businesses. 
But some of what we lost this year has been given. We have sacrificed some of our freedoms, a lot of them actually, for the good of others. There is loss there, no doubt, but sacrificial loss is a very different thing than having something taken from you.

I am reading Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Wisdom Jesus. Writing about the extravagance of Jesus’ sacrifice, she reminds us of O Henry’s story “The Gifts of the Magi.” You know the story, right? A young couple was desperately poor and just as desperately in love. They were so poor that each only had one thing of real value and yet they wanted to get the other a Christmas gift. They made the sacrifice, each selling their thing of value to buy a gift for the other.
On Christmas morning, they give each other their gifts. The man had sold his pocket watch to buy a silver comb for his wife’s hair. She, meanwhile, had sold her hair to buy her husband a watch chain.
Was this a waste? Or was this prodigal generosity? It is the latter. And that’s the point, in the economy of God, that a sacrifice freely made, prodigal, extravagant, loving generosity through sacrifice is its own reward. It is not about practicality. It is beyond reason. It is God. Maybe that shines a light for you on the Cross.

So this Lent, as we make our sacrifices to God; sacrifices of decadent joys, sacrifices of our time given over to prayer, study and charity, and our continued sacrifices for the good of our neighbor as the pandemic enters the critical vaccination stage, may joy upon joy abound.
May God bless you wildly,
Brent
Please continue updating the prayer list

Email our church Parish Administrator, Barbara Brady.


As always, if you wish to add another person's name to the prayer list, please be sure you have that person's permission.
We Pray for:
Andrea
Art
Harry Bissell
Merrill Slaven Brache
Merrin Brache
Gerry Brache
Don Bucchan
Jim Casper
Connie
Craig
Ellen Day
Edward Dufresne
Diane Dumond
Frank Griffith
Brinley Hall
Kathryn Hubner
Doreen Harris
Ilsa
Justin and Jessica
Jenni
Kayla
Keagan
Kira
Alix Kirkpatrick
Kira and John Klinger
Jo-Ann Krestan
Carolyn Leary
Pam MacDonald
Ray Mathewson
Virginia Peacock
Earl Richardson
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Ronan
Carla Rosenzweig
Mary Semler
Sophie
Linda Slaven
Cathy Smith
Claudia Smith
Donny Smith
Gloria Smith
Marshall Smith
Peggy Smith
Terri Stephens Smith
Fred Stine
Marilyn Stewart
Lyn Swayze
Karen Swoboda
Judy Thomas
Holly Whelan
Persis Williams

Those with February Birthdays
Pam Berry
Diana Brown
Cheryl Coffin
Mary Crawford
Mary Catherine Dunn
Giffy Full
Alexander Heilner
Mary Alice Horrigan
Joe Thompson

Those in the Armed Services  
Abigail
James Crowe III
Andy Dittmer
Brian Haley
Sean Haley
Douglas Hamilton
Kyler Hall
Peter McGuyer
Kyle Carino Mings
Eric Partridge

Lorna found the perfect place for one of Ginnie Thompson's cross-stitchings...
Thank you to our amazing Vestry!

Lenten Bags were distributed last Sunday morning; they arrived with so much thoughtfulness! From ashes to beads to pancake mixes and beautiful messaging, we are gifted by the constant energy and dedication of our Vestry.
The Deetjen Campership Fund for Camp Bishopswood!

From Outreach Chair, Sue Grindle-
It is with great pleasure we announce that the Outreach Committee has established the Deetjen Campership Fund for Camp Bishopswood in honor of Patty and Rudi.

As most of you know, Patty and Rudi were passionate about providing opportunities for children to experience the joy of summer camp. The many years they were involved with Camp Robinhood validated over and over to them how camp can afford children chances to learn, make decisions, expand views, and to simply have fun.

Friendships are made at summer camp which last a lifetime. With this fund, St. Francis will be able to send children to Camp Bishopswood without any tuition cost to the family. If you are able, please donate in memory of these two remarkable people. Do make sure to note that the donation is for the Deetjen Campership. Let's fill the summer with swimming, laughter, and S'mores in Patty's and Rudi's names. Thank you!
Maine Community Foundation grant has been awarded to St. Francis Outreach

On Feb. 3rd, the Outreach Committee was awarded a $2,000.00 grant from the Maine Community Foundation. This grant was made at the recommendation of a donor fund advisor who wishes to remain anonymous. We are charged to use the funds for "Food, Health, Warmth in winter". We are most grateful for this unexpected gift and are currently weighing the best options for its use in our community.
(Brenda Ann Kennally, N Y Times)
 "Remember that Lent and Ash Wednesday are not just about putting away the bad things. Lent is about creating good things and helping the poor and the needy, being kind to people and much more."
-- Jacob Winters



Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: 

bwas@riseup.net (Fr. Brent Was)

St Francis by the Sea (website)




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