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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The Collect


 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:  Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.



The Old Testament Lesson (Isaiah 11:1-10)

The Psalm (72:1-7, 18-19)

The Second Lesson (Romans 15:4-13)


The Holy Gospel  (Matthew 3:1-12)


      In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:  ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”  Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.  Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit worthy of repentance.  Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.  Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”




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







 

 

 

The "Trunk or Treat" was a tremendous success, thanks to the folks below and all those who contributed candy and funds making this a great time for the little ones. 



 

 

 




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

8:00am

 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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Lighting of the 2nd Advent Candle



 

 

Celebrant:  There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came to bear witness to the coming of the light so that all might believe through him.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.


Reader:    The first candle reminds us of the light of hope of the prophets.  The second candle reminds us of the dark night when Joseph and Mary found light and warmth in the stable.


People:        Almighty God, help us to have room in our hearts and our homes for other persons who need us.  We thank you for friends and strangers who have received us when we were lonely or afraid or tired.  May we be ready to receive the love God offers us in Jesus.  We pray in His Name.  Amen.



 

 

 

 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:               December 4, 2016 – 2 Advent – Year A

SALT Outing – Meet here at 3pm promptly to car pool to

Emmanuel United Church in Sebring

4pm – Handel’s Messiah (St. Agnes Church, Sebring)

 

         Tue.  12/6         11:30am – The Story (with lunch)


       Wed. 12/7          4:30pm – Bible Study (library)

                                           6pm – Evening Prayer 


       Thu. 12/8                9am – Holy Communion (Chapel)

                                      6:45pm – Choir Rehearsal


 

NEXT SUNDAY:         December 11, 2016 – 3 Advent – Year A

9:15am – Vestry Meeting


 

 

 

 

 


                  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