Are there any national holidays that are also on the church calendar? The simple answer to this is yes: Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November; and Independence Day, July 4. Both of these national holidays are listed in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 as major feasts under the section Holy Days. Like allContinue reading “Episco-fact: Holy days and national holidays”
Where are we in the process of regathering? The short answer is that we, and the whole Diocese, are very early in the process of regathering. At the last Vestry Meeting, Monday, June 15, the Vestry took the position to move cautiously in the process of re-opening the church. We perceive that in person churchContinue reading “FRANCISCO-FACT: The process of regathering”
What is the Vestry doing for the church during this time of COVID-19 and social distancing? The role of the Vestry has not changed much since we initiated Zoom Worship, and its work may actually have increased as the church has moved to Zoom Meetings, Bible Studies, and Christian Formation. It might be helpful toContinue reading “Francisco-fact: Vestry work in COVID time”
What is the difference between being a disciple and an apostle? Except for Judas, Iscariot, what happened that the remaining eleven should have their descriptor changed? The definitional difference in these words is easy. A disciple is a student, someone being taught, formed, or disciplined into a way of living, learning, or being. An apostleContinue reading “Episco-fact: Disciple or apostle?”
The character of Easter changes beginning on the Feast of the Ascension; forty Days after the Feast of the Resurrection. We acknowledge this moment in our prayers, hymns, and readings which direct us, the Church, to consider the impact on our lives of Jesus’ bodily movement from the kingdoms of this world into the kingdom of God.
We will begin praying for birthdays and anniversary celebrations this Sunday, May 17, the 6th Sunday of Easter. It is clear that just as St. Francis is a place where we enjoy being with one another, it is also place where we enjoy celebrating with one another.
If I want more people praying for the people I know and love, how can I ask others at St. Francis to pray with me? Prayer is certainly more powerful when being exercised in community. St. Francis is committed to this way of praying.
Will we ever worship in person again and when will that be? Church is something where gathering and sharing in-person are deeply apart of what we do. To do so without fear and concern is also important. We at St. Francis and the Diocese are working toward that reality—being God’s people in community and unity.
We are living in a time where doubt and uncertainty about the near future life is front and center to our daily emotions and reflections. What are we to think of Thomas the Twin; was he a doubter?
We made it to Easter (the Feast of the Resurrection), what now? This week we will hear the story from the Gospel of John when the disciples, after the resurrection, are gathered in an upper room, mostly doing nothing, as they tried to comprehend what happened.