Happy New Year

christmas

May the world experience a Holy Peace as we celebrate yet again, the birth of God’s presence among us.
Have a blessed New Year!
Claudia+

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

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

Posted in Uncategorized

This Sunday’s Sermon as well as the Full Service for You!

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea  Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith on January 15, 2017:

The Saint Francis by the Sea Full 10 am service on January 15, 2017, the Second Sunday after the Epiphany:

Posted in Uncategorized

A Christmas Message from Bishop Stephen T. Lane

771221be-59a7-4694-b9b5-b720d118a067

December 15, 2016

Dear Ones,

The pain and the urgency of living in an in-between time are very apparent to us these days. Whether our focus is personal or political, whether we’re waiting for a child to be born or an illness to pass or an injustice to be redressed, waiting is hard. We want to know what will happen. We want to know when the waiting will end. We want our dreams to be realized. And… we just don’t know.

As some wag once put it, the question for Advent is (to quote the rock band Chicago) “Does anybody really know what time it is?” Advent is the season of the in-between time, the season when we wait for the annual celebration of Jesus’ birth, Christ’s first coming among us, and when we wait for Christ to come again to set things right. Our world is an in-between world, a world in which the outlines of a better way of life are visible, but far from realized. We long for the world we think we can see, and we hope that God will make it real.

I’m frankly not very good at not knowing. It challenges all my illusions of power and control. There really isn’t anything I can do, but wait, and fret – which, as my wise wife, Gretchen, says – doesn’t help.

It does help me to remember that while I wait for a more perfect realization of God’s new world, I am not alone. Christ came down at Christmas and remains with us. Jesus’ was born among us and still invites us to follow. Jesus was crucified and raised and calls us to live as his body. The time in-between is also the time of Jesus’ presence through the Spirit.

Our cry, “How long, O Lord, how long” (Psalm 13:1) is met with this assurance: “…

I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.” (Ps. 31:14-16)

Let the radiance of the child in the manger calm your heart. God is here, right here, right now. May this Christmas be for us a time not only of celebration, but of peace. May we rest in God’s love for us. May we trust in God’s presence among us. May we know that we are held – in this in-between time as in all times – in God’s loving hand.

Merry Christmas, my friends.

+STL

The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane Bishop of Maine

Posted in Uncategorized

The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas Message

What does the Christmas season mean for you?  For Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry it means “This child came to show us how to change the world”.  Watch his video by clicking here.

Posted in Uncategorized

Bishop Lane’s Post Election Message

Posted in Uncategorized

A St. Francis Splash for Young Swimmers

The 2016 St. Francis Fair was a super success!  Thanks to all the hard work by so many volunteers especially our Fair Partner Nichol’s Day Camps and received a sizable portion of the net income to help fund scholarships to the camp.

Here you can hear Fair Co-Chairs Sarah Everdell and Ray Yardy present the check to Nichols’ Day Camps Executive Director Nan Fowler

Posted in Uncategorized

St. Francis Going To The Dogs

Or more accurately, Dogs going to St. Francis for the 2016 Blessing of the Animals on October 2nd right after the 10am service.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And then we moved outside for the Blessing of The Animals by our St. Francis by the Sea rector Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Posted in Uncategorized

If They Build It.. You Will Be Warmer

During the last week of September St. Francis by the Sea took part in this year’s Window Dresser’s “build”.  Volunteers from around the Blue Hill Peninsula put the finishing touches on the window inserts, or “inside storm windows” as some call them, that were ordered several months ago.  The finished products were delivered to the clients by week’s end.

Monday morning the build site in the Brooksville Community Center was visited by WABI-TV 5 news reporter Brenna Kelly.
Click here for the video of her report

Here is a slide show of volunteers:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Posted in Uncategorized

A Sunday Brunch Bunch

The St. Francis by the Sea Outreach Committee reached out itself by serving a delicious fundraising brunch Sunday September 11, 2016.  Here are some pictures of the fun.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Posted in Uncategorized

All Was Much Better than Fair!!!!

The 2016 St. Francis Fair was a super success!  Thanks to all of the work by so many volunteers.  So how did we do??

Fair poster 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 2016 Fair Partner was Nichol’s Day Camps and will receive a sizable portion of the net income to help fund scholarships to the camp.

IMG_9376

 

Posted in Uncategorized

This Bud’s For You!!

15-10-04 Blessing of Animals582014-Easter-flowers-2IMG_2409

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the flowers on the Altar look so lovely? Each week a group of dedicated and talented women who make up the Flower Guild take a turn arranging flowers for the altar, narthex and on occasion downstairs in the Parish Hall.

When you ask a member of the Flower Guild what attracts them to this ministry they will easily tell you it’s a combination of their love of flowers and joy that comes from beautifying the Altar. “The flowers represent a visual feeling of beauty and cheerfulness which is a great accompaniment to the spiritual experience,” states Flower Guild Chair, Patty Deetjen. If you love flowers and would like to participate in this ministry, please let the church office know 374-5200.

Flower Guild members are responsible for creating the flower arrangements that grace the front of the church sanctuary each Sunday. Members share responsibility for flowers on a rotating basis throughout the year. During Advent, unadorned greens are used, and for Lent, bare branches signify the austerity of the season. In the spring and summer, guild members often bring flowers or greens from their own gardens and the variety and creativity make for bright bursts of color. The Flower Guild is also responsible for dressing the church for Christmas and Easter.

Funding for flowers comes from donations. The guild often receives requests for flowers in memory of loved ones and will honor these requests. At the end of the service, flower arrangements are distributed to members of the parish family who are ill or celebrating milestone events or anniversaries. 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Posted in Uncategorized

Art for Peace

EPFOn Friday evening July 22, 2016 St. Francis was the scene of a special program sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship with a repeat of the program they did the night before at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.Three artists/activists  provided first-hand accounts of their experiences of living with Palestinians in the West Bank. Lily Yeh (of Barefoot Artists), Robert Shetterly (Americans Who Tell the Truth), and Dudley Hendrick of Deer Isle shared their stories and pictures of their work and projects over several stays in the Nablus area.  You are able to hear the full presentation by clicking on this link:  The views and opinions expressed are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of St. Francis by the Sea

Posted in Uncategorized

In Case You Missed The Day AFTER the Downeast Spiritual Life Conference

The Saint Francis by the Sea sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2016, by guest speaker Robert J. Miller, Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.

The Saint Francis by the Sea full 10 am service for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2016, celebrated by St. Francis Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

Please forgive us for some audio interference during this recording.

 

Posted in Uncategorized

Who Was This 1st-Century Peasant Called Jesus?

  • What was at the heart of his teachings?
  • Why did some gospel writers put words in Jesus’ mouth that he never said?
  • Is there some way to determine what he actually did say?
  • How does Jesus’ wisdom compare with that of non-Christian wisdom teachers?

DESL_logo-1-197x300As intelligent seekers who would like to know more about the true teachings of Jesus, how can we find reliable answers to these questions?

JSOR_logo2The 2016 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference —“Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom”— July 15 & 16th helped us do just that in Ellsworth, Maine. This year we partnered with the Jesus Seminar on the Road to bring you ways of thinking about Jesus that are the result of more than 10 years of extensive research by the fellows of the Jesus Seminar. These have included leading theologians, philosophers, Old Testament and New Testament biblical scholars as well as anthropologists and archeologists. The goal of the Jesus Seminar was to renew the quest for the historical Jesus and his authentic spoken words and then to report the results of this research to the general public.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Posted in Uncategorized

Presiding Bishop asks for prayers following shootings

In Dallas 12 law enforcement officers were shot and five died. This was after the consecutive fatal shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. imageEpiscopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has recorded a video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings. Click here to see the video, it may take a minute or so to play.

Posted in Uncategorized

The PB on PBS

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church The Rt. Rev.Michael Curry was interviewed about his first six months on the job by Judy Woodruff of  the PBS News Hour and certainly worth watching.

Posted in Uncategorized

Spring Clean Up at St. Francis!

It was a beautiful day for the Spring Clean Up!  A dedicated group of parishioners turned out as did the ”black flies”.  But everyone was itching to get as much done as possible before we had a super lunch!  Thank you to everyone involved.  Check out the slide show:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Posted in Uncategorized