There’s nothing Ordinary about Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the Season after Pentecost which stretches from the day after Pentecost at the end of May until the First Sunday of Advent at the end of November. It is the longest season in the church calendar and is often referred to as “ordinary time.”

The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith Rector St. Francis by the Sea

The Rev. Claudia Smith
Rector St. Francis by the Sea

I love what that says about the church and our spiritual journeys. You see even though there are moments of high drama and deeply moving events in our liturgical life together such as the birth of God in human form at Christmas or the end of that very special life on Good Friday and then his being resurrected back into the world at Easter – the bulk of our time together is spent in “ordinary time,” just getting about our life and trying to figure out what that means in terms of our faith.

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In Case You Missed It!

Here is the Sunday, October 4, 2015, Blessing of the Animals sermon from St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.  Just click below:

You may now listen to the full 10 am service for Blessing of the Animals Sunday,October 4, 2015. Simply click below:



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As, Barbara Brady wrote in the Sunday bulletin about the flowers: “After some monkeying around dog-gone-it, Mary Gallant has created the purr-fect arrangements in celebration of the Blessing of the Animals. (catmint; elephant ears; dogwood; foxglove; turtle head; snap dragon; zebra grass; and snake root to name a few)”

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Dog Gone It!

St. Francis by the Sea went to the dogs on Sunday, October 4, 2015 for Blessing of the Animals. There was only one cat, kept in her carrier so as not to scare the pups.  Take a look at some of our furry friends enjoying the 10 am Service!


And then we all moved outside for the actual Blessing of the Animals!


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Rainy Days and Sundays!

“Prayers in the Park” may have been “rained out” Sunday, September 13, 2015, but the service simply moved indoors. The Prayers in the Park ‘Great Creating Spirit ‘ non-denominational service celebrating the Oneness of God’s creation. Including music by Heather Ford and Douglas Beck (Celtic Harp).

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Mixing Church Business & Pleasure

It’s been such a busy summer that St. Francis tried something new.  Holding the Annual Picnic right after the Annual Meeting that was right after the 10 am service on August 30th.  And it worked!!  We had a wonderful turn-out for everything to the point it was almost a “standing room only” audience.IMG_0301

But with fast-moving volunteers everyone had a seat at the table(s).  The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith called the meeting to order by saying “I know that it is warm and everyone would like to move along to the eating part… so, let us pray.”

“Almighty and ever-living God, ruler of all things in Heaven and on Earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful,  arouse the careless and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Since everyone had an opportunity to read the annual report in advance, the meeting moved right along approving last year’s annual meeting minutes.   Continue reading

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Prayers in the Park on a Sunny Sunday

It was a picture perfect Sunday morning August 23rd as at least 70 people gathered in Blue Hill Town Park for the first of this year’s two St. Francis by the Sea’s “Prayers in the Park”(really by the sea).image  It was a non-denominational service celebrating the oneness of God’s creation using John Philip Newell’s “Great Gathering Spirit”.  The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith Officiating with music led by Heather Ford.
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Parishioner Makes Prison News in a Good Way!

And it involves prisons, prisoners, and mothers separated from their children. It was that separation that caught the attention and love of one of our dutiful St. Francis summer parishioners, Judith Dulling who found a way for imprisoned mothers to read to their children. As the Founder and Executive Director of  Women’s Storybook Project of Texas, Judith and her highly successful program were recently featured by both The New York Times and by the Huffington Post on HuffPost Live. Click here to see the view the video and read more about keeping kids and mothers connected despite being separated by prison bars.  Judith told us, “Also, although we record the female offenders in Texas prisons, we send books and recordings to the children; and they live all throughout the country with their caretakers. One time, we even mailed recordings and books to Russia!”

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It was a much better than Fair FAIR!

St. Francis by the Sea’s 26th Fair Day was spectacular weather-wise, which brought in a happy crowd, many of whom left with bulging bags or full hands of great bargains:

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In here you will hear how much was collected at the Fair yesterday as of 10 am Sunday from Fair Treasurer Tim Thomas:

but it is just a preliminary number.  To the point that by the time the 10 am service had ended another $1,000 + had been added.  Of course, this is before all expenses are in.  

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Fair Day 2015 in Pictures!

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Your Junque! Someone Else’s Treasure!

The St. Francis Fair (25 Years & counting )Saturday August 8th at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds is visible proof of community outreach.  As Fair Chair Sarah Everdell has said, “Over the past 25 years, St. Francis has donated more than $100,000 to local organizations that have partnered with us including Tree of Life, Habitat for Humanity, CFO, THAW, Peninsula Ambulance Corp, H.O.M.E, And more Nichols Day Camp who is our partner again for the 2015 Fair.”

Before anything can be sold at the Fair everything must be inspected, dusted and PRICED!  It takes a multitude of volunteers to help make the fair super successful and that process for our “Junque for Jesus” crew began in Sedgwick on Tuesday July 28th where the donated items have been stored in Joe’s Barn for months.  Check out the photo gallery! Continue reading

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