WE ARE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST.
First of all, welcome to our website! My prayer is that, when you finish viewing the site, you will have found what you’re looking for. But before you look further, let me tell you a little about me and about our community of faith. St. Francis has been my home for almost seventeen years and each year has brought new blessings. The Spirit has been a mighty presence in this place and the fruit of that Spirit can be seen and felt when you visit us.
As you approach the entrance, you will notice two things in particular. First, there is a large cedar cross in the memorial garden. My husband Joel made this cross and gave it to the church as a sign of the Jesus we worship. Second, over the door there is a sign that reads, “Enter a stranger but once.” Those words need no explanation. When the Spirit is present, you will feel it. You will sense that you have come home, perhaps for the first time, and the warmth of this church family will add to what you feel when you enter the sanctuary.
The blessing that you will hear at the end of every service says it all:
May the Lord Jesus, who loves with a wounded heart, be your love forevermore. May the Lord Jesus, who serves with wounded hands, help you serve others. May the Lord Jesus, who walks on wounded feet, walk with you to the end of the road. Look for the face of the Lord Jesus in everyone you meet, and may everyone you meet see the face of the Lord Jesus in you.
There is a place at the Lord’s table for you. And in the words of the apostle Andrew, to his brother Peter, when he had found Jesus, “Come and see…”
Elizabeth L. Nelson+
I just read this quote from our Bishop, Greg Brewer: "According to the new church attendance statistics from [The Episcopal Church] is more reports of steep decline. We are one of the few dioceses that are growing- modestly, but growing. I am so deeply grateful for the prayers and hard work of many. The ONLY answer to church decline is repentant and prayer soaked leaders who evangelize and make disciples while teaching others to do the same- there is no plan B." Amen!! He's SO right! Besides prayer-soaked leaders, I pray that our communicants will also live in the light of Christ that we speak of every Sunday! Come and see how the Lord works among us!
"We are so blessed at St. Francis. While we are still welcoming over 80 persons every Sunday, four young boys between six and twelve will be baptized on November 6th! Praise God!
Don't miss the celebration."
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Old Testament Lesson (Amos 6:1a, 4-7)
The Psalm (146)
The Second Lesson (1 Timothy 6:6-19)
The Holy Gospel (Luke 16:19-31)
Jesus said, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; thy should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent,’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
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The nursery is available during the 10:30 service each Sunday.
It is staffed from 10:30 until the Communion Celebration begins and
the children are brought into the service.
Timothy and Fion Wong in the nursery.
Our book and CD sales area in the Narthex hallway.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI ANGLICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Sunday's Summer Service Schedule
Begins May 29th 2016
1 Service only: 10:00am
Holy Communion w/Healing - 9:00 am
**There is a nursery available during the 10:30 service each Sunday.
It is staffed from 10:30 until the Communion Celebration begins and the children are brought into the service.
As the Light of Christ, we strive to bring the Love of Christ into every heart through worship, mission and the building of relationships.
TODAY: September 25, 2016 – 19 Pentecost
Rite II Service w/music (David away)
Wednesday, 9/28 NO Bible Study tonight
NO Evening Prayer (David away)
Thursday, 9/29 9am – Holy Communion (chapel)
6:45pm – Choir Rehearsal
NEXT SUNDAY: October 2, 2016 – 20 Pentecost
Guest Celebrant & Preacher:
The Rev. Deke Miller, Director of Camp Wingmann
In the stewardship of time, we make choices as to how we will spend the time God gives us. God’s principle of sowing and reaping gives us guidance on how to use our time properly. “The point is this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). This verse makes it clear that, if we do not spend our time productively, we will not reap the rewards in the same way had we invested our time wisely. If we sow little, we will reap little. The difference between success and failure is the ability to find and spend time necessary to accomplish our particular goals.
Thrift Store update.....
Looking for donations of miscellaneous kitchen items like dishes, pots and pans.
Also any furniture and tools are needed.
Our new phone number is 863-699-0221.