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+ Rector












                                                                                                                                                               

 



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Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:  Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

 

The Old Testament Lesson (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

The Psalm (23)

The Second Lesson (Ephesians 5:8-14)


The Holy Gospel  (John 9:1-41)


As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.  We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”   When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent).  Then he went and washed and came back able to see.  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some were saying, “It is he.”  Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.”  He kept saying, “I am the man.”  But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’  Then I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?”  He said, “I do not know.”  They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight.  He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes.  Then I washed, and now I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the Sabbath.”  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?”  And they were divided.  So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him?  It was your eyes he opened.”  He said, “He is a prophet.”  The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?”  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes.  Ask him; he is of age.  He will speak for himself.”  His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”  So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God!  We know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him, “What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you also want to become his disciples?”  Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”   The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing!  You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will.  Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?”  And they drove him out.  Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered, “And who is he, sir?  Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”  Jesus said to him, “You has seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”  He said, “Lord, I believe.”  And he worshiped him.  Jesus said, “I cam into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”  Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”  Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

 
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5 little angels that were baptized into the family of God last Sunday...







 

 


St. Francis Nursery




 

Timothy and Fion Wong in the nursery.




Our book and CD sales area in the Narthex hallway.



 









 

 

 

 

 

            


                                                                      



                




 
Schedule

       

 

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI ANGLICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Church Services: 

March 26th 

   8:00 am  

10:30am

  

THURSDAY
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.

 
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 As the Light of Christ, we strive to bring the Love of Christ into every heart through worship, mission and the building of relationships.



 

This week at St. Francis…

 

 

TODAY:     March 26, 2017 – 4 Lent – Year A

 

          Tue.  3/28             4pm – At the Crossroads (Session 5  ) 

         

        Wed. 3/29     12:15pm – Stations of the Cross

                                    4:30pm – Bible Study (Rev.19—20: “Here Comes the

                                             Bride”… Teachings from retired Bishop John W. Howe)

                                           6pm – Evening Prayer


         Thu.  3/30              9am –  Holy Communion 

                                    6:45pm – Choir rehearsal


         Sat. 4/1                11am – Memorial: Jimmy Newell 


 

 

 NEXT SUNDAY:      April 2, 2017 – 5 Lent – Year A


       

 

 

 

 

Our Lenten Schedule

                             

 Special Lenten Study:  At the Crossroads

(See Discipleship page for details)

 

      Wednesdays    12:15pm         Stations of the Cross

                                  4:30pm         Bible Study

                                       6pm         Evening Prayer

 

      Thursdays        9am       Communion w/Healing                                                                            

 

      Palm Sunday, April 9th    8am, 10:30am     Holy Communion w/Palm Procession

 

      Holy Week  

           Mon., Apr. 10th  & Tue., Apr. 11th        12:15pm   Holy Communion

    

           Wed., Apr. 12th  12:15pm       Stations of the Cross                                                                              4:30pm          Bible 

                                            6pm         Evening Prayer

           Maundy Thursday, Apr. 13th    6pm    Solemn Sung Holy Eucharist

                                                            w/ foot washing and stripping of the altar   

                                                         8pm (Thursday) to 8am (Friday) Prayer Vigil


                                              “Will you not watch with me one hour?”

                               (You may come to the church during that time or pray at home…

                                                               Please sign up in the Narthex)

 

       Good Friday, April 14th  12noon / Good Friday Liturgy w/ communion

                                                  followed by Stations of the Cross

                          

        Easter Sunday, April 16th / 8am   Easter Holy Eucharist w/hymns

                                               10:30am   Festal Sung Easter Holy Eucharist


 

 

 

 

                  St. Francis Veterans Table...






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.


  

Parish Office (863-465-0051)

43 Lake June Road, Lake Placid, Florida 33852

www.stfrancislpfl.com

 







If you miss a Sunday, check announcements and sermons at     www.stfrancislpfl.com

Church’s e-mail address is comeandsee@stfrancislpfl.com  

Website assistant:  Tim Priest: 863-441-1062. 

Photos can be e-mailed to him at rsi1002@hotmail.com