The Second Sunday of LENT March 17, 2019

The 10 am Sermon
(Photo from The Episcopal Diocese of Maine)
The Rev.
Larry Estey
of Deer Isle celebrated and gave the Sermon
The 10 am Full Service

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Making Lent Really Meaningful and Lasting.

The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites you Take the Pledge to Creation Care.

Click here for details about the Pledge to Creation Care and a video from the Presiding Bishop.

It is a call for all to Reflect and commit to grow a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God’s Creation.

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The First Sunday in Lent March 10, 2019

The 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Ginny Peacock
The Rev. Ginny Peacock

The full 10 am Service celebrated by The Rev. Ginny Peacock

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Ash Wednesday March 6, 2019

The Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward
Ash Wednesday full service celebrated by The Rev. Steve Hayward
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Claudia’s Final Sunday at St. Francis February 24, 2019

The 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

This special service included a prayer for Claudia written and read by Milissa LaLonde and Katie MacLeod

The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

At the end of the service there is a “A Celtic Blessing” written by Minister of Music The Rev. Dr. Carlton for Claudia for her last service. It is a piece written for her on a text appropriate to Epiphany Last.

Ministers of Music Dr. Carlton and Lorna Russell,
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The Rev. Thomas Brown Elected 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention in Bangor on February 9, 2019. One of five nominees, Rev. Brown, is currently serving as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. He was elected on the 3rd ballot, receiving a majority of clergy and lay delegate votes representing 60 year-round congregations and 20 summer chapels. The other nominees were Rev. Kenneth Brannon, Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton, Rev. Anne Mallonee and Rev. Janet Waggoner.

In making the announcement, The Rev. Maria Hoecker, Rector of St. Columba’s in Boothbay Harbor and President of the Diocesan Standing Committee said “We have been blessed by the Holy Spirit today with the election of Thomas Brown and the gifts he will bring as our next Bishop. We thank the Committees and all involved across the state for their prayerful, dedicated and faithful work, as well as the other nominees who were called to pursue this quest with us.”

In addressing the Electing Convention following announcement of the results, Bishop-elect Brown commented, “during the walkabouts it was so clear to me that the church in Maine is living the good news of Jesus Christ. I am humbled and overjoyed to accept the invitation to join the people of Maine as their bishop.”

The Bishop elect told the delegates, “I give God thanks and praise for this call, and the opportunity to continue building the church in Maine on Christ the solid rock. Bishop Lane and his family, along with the diocesan staff, and every congregation are in my prayers as they continue in the holy work of transition. To God be the glory.”

Bishop-elect Brown received his Master of Divinity from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In addition to his service at The Parish of the Epiphany, he has served as Rector of St. Michael Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT and as the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Bishop-elect Brown has held many leadership positions in The Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Pending consent of a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and the diocesan standing committees, Bishop-elect Brown will be ordained and consecrated on June 22nd at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry will officiate. Bishop-elect Brown will succeed the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who has served the Diocese since 2008 and will retire in June. The bishop-elect and his spouse, Rev. Thomas Mousin, will be moving to Maine later this Spring.

By Clicking on the video below you should be able to see and hear Bishop-Elect Brown speaking to the Electing Convention just moments after the results of the Third Ballot were made known. This is via Zoom and the sound of the bishop-elect is not very good but after 2:45 it clears up nicely.

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The 7th Sunday After the Epiphany February 24, 2019

10am Sermon by Heather Ford
Licensed Lay Preacher Heather Ford
The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

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The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany February 17, 2019

The 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith

The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Spoiler Alert??

We hope this doesn’t spoil anything. We held off posting this during the Christmas Season so as not to spoil any surprises.

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The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany February 10, 2019

The 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith
The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.
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The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany February 3, 2019

The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

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The Third Sunday After the Epiphany January 27, 2019

10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith
The full 10 am Service Celebrated by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith
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There was No Church January 20th. Snow Day

That means that there is nothing to hear here for this Sunday!

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The First Sunday after the Epiphany January 13, 2019

10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith
The full 10 am Service Celebrated by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith

 

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The Feast of the Epiphany January 6, 2019

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

Scarves, blankets and shawls created by Chris Ramsay

The full 10 am Service Celebrated by St. Francis by the Sea Rector The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith

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The First Sunday After Christmas Day

A Festival of Lessons & Carols December 30, 2018

The full 10 am Service Celebrated by The Rev. Steve Hayward

The Lectors: Lyn Swazey, Sarah Everdell, Tim Thomas, Judy Thomas, John Paul LaLonde, Milssa LaLonde, & Bob Publicover.


Baby Jesus blanket and the scarves created by
Chris Ramsay
The Three Wise Men are on their way to the Manger
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Christmas At St. Francis

Bob Gorrell
Copyright 2018 Creators Syndicate Inc.

Christmas Morning Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The Rev. Steve Hayward

 

 

Baby Jesus was carried to the altar by Jillian & Sadie Weed Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

2018 Christmas 5

Christmas Eve Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

A Merry Church Filled Christmas Eve

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The Third Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:
The Third Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:
During the anthem this week’s all male choir was accompanied by young Camdyn Chung on flute:

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

The Second Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The Second Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

The First Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

* Because of a microphone issue several parts of the full service were not recorded. We do apologize.

The First Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 Sermon

The Last Sunday after Pentecost, 10:00 am Sermon by the Rev. Carlton Russell:

The 10:00 am Full Service for The Last Sunday after Pentecost, celebrated by the Rev. Carlton Russell:

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am full service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

 

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost, 10:00 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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A gift that WILL keep on giving!!

A reminder from the Planned Giving Committee. Do you have a traditional IRA. If so, and you are 70 1/2, you might want to make a distribution from that IRA to St. Francis to complete your 2018 pledge (or as an additional gift). As a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), the amount would not be included in your income but would qualify as part of your required minimum distribution from the IRA. If you have questions, a chat with your tax advisor or IRA custodian might be helpful.

Tim Thomas

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am full service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, November 4, 2018 Bishop Steve’s Sermon and Full Service

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Right Rev. Stephen Lane, 9th Bishop of Maine during what was most likely his final visit to St. Francis before retiring next spring:

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Right Rev. Stephen Lane, 9th Bishop of Maine:

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All Creatures Great and Small

The 2018 St. Francis by the Sea Blessing of the Animals was a big hit for both the two and four-legged among us. Click here to check it out!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 Sermon

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith including the words of The Right Reverend Steve Lane from his Homily delivered during this weekend’s 199th Diocesan Convention:

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Researching Religious Roots??

Have you ever wanted to explore the Anglican roots of our worship and spirituality? If so come and join a small group led by the Rev. Claudia Smith, rector of St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill for a journey departing on April 29, 2019. Whether one’s interest is to experience religious sites and stories for their spiritual impact or whether one leans more toward an exploration of the history of Great Britain that has formed us as a society – come. This trip has an abundance of both the sacred and the secular to satisfy everyone. There are only a few spots still available however, so contact Rev. Smith at revclaudiainmaine@gmail.com as soon as possible for more information and a detailed itinerary.  Or check out this PDF on the trip:
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Sunday, October 21, 2018 Sermon

The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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“Beloved” 2018 Stewardship Minutes +/-

“So, As those who have been chosen of God, holy and Beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

With that bible passage Vestry Member and Stewardship Chair Sarah Everdell kicked off the 2018 Campaign pledge card.

On Sunday, September 30th Vestry Member Mary Crawford’s message was:

“We all come to this sacred, BELOVED space, to worship, to learn, to sing … to mourn, to heal, to celebrate … to be fed!”

Hear it all here:

 

On Sunday, September 30th new Vestry Member Millisa LaLonde‘s message was: “I’ve grown to respect the wisdom of the way this community utilizes money…even though we are frugal people we will continue giving because it is a really good investment.”

On Sunday October 21th Vestry Member Bob Publicover, Senior Warden’s message was: “there are a lot of important things we do here at St. Francis, not the least of which is our commitment to (community)Outreach.”

We are privileged to celebrate the ingathering with Bishop Stephen Lane when he visits St. Francis on November 4th.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018 Sermon

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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A Special Twist to the Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday October 7th during the 10 am Blessing of the Animals service announcements St. Francis by the Sea Fair co-chair Mary Hartley presented a big check to the SPCA of Hancock County for their partnership of the 2018 Fair in Blue Hill, Maine.

Yes, the dogs you hear in the background were there to be blessed.

 

 

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Sunday, October 7, 2018 Sermon

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 Sermon and Vestry Commissioning

September 30, 2018 The 19th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Guest Preacher The Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson:

During announcements The Rev. Claudia commissioned the new Vestry.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 Sermon and Kneeler Dedication

September 23, 2018 The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

During announcements The Rev. Claudia, Mary Hartley and the rest of the congregation took part in a dedication of a new kneeler!

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 Sermon

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea’s Rector The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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Sunday, September 9, 2018 Sermon

September 9, 2018 The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea licensed Lay Preacher Heather Ford:

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Sunday, September 2, 2018 Sermon

September 2, 2018 The 15th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

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August 26, 2018 Sermon

August 26, 2018 The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

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August 19, 2018 Sermon

August 19, 2018 The 13th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:
Emily Blair Stribling11

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August 12, 2018 Sermon

August 12, 2018 The 12th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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August 5, 2018 Sermon and Full Service & Baptism

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost August 5, 2018, 10 am Sermon by Allan Sandlin:
18-08-05 SFC Allan Sandlin2

August 5, 2018 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service and Baptism of Henry Ronan Malloy celebrated by The Rev. Allan Sandlin:

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From The Vestry January 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

By now you have received the news of our beloved Claudia’s well-deserved retirement. During her almost twelve-year tenure we have grown spiritually and prospered as a faith community. We have faced difficult decisions about the church building, hosted four DownEast Spiritual Life Conferences, collaborated with other churches, welcomed people of different faiths, and enjoyed the benefits of learning and fellowship. And that’s not all. Our children’s ministry was restarted and is expanding. Our Outreach Committee is unmatched in its passion to help our neighbors in need.  We have extraordinary music on a weekly basis, and our eClare gets hundreds of “clicks” on each issue.  We have proved ourselves to be a vital, involved, and caring community.

As your Vestry, we are already at work ensuring a smooth transition. Our first priority is to honor Claudia’s years of loving St. Francis with her heart, mind, and soul. To that end, there will be two celebrations of Claudia’s faithful ministry: the first, on March 3, will be Claudia’s final day as Rector; the second will be held on July 7, when Claudia will return one last time so that she and our summer congregants can bid farewell to one another. If planning and participating in these upcoming celebrations is your passion and talent, please let us hear from you.

Concurrently, we have made certain that the uplifting worship we enjoy at St. Francis will continue without interruption. Already, supply priests are scheduled through May 12, 2019. In addition, we are actively seeking to hire an interim priest to serve St. Francis until our new Rector is called.

In addition, the vestry has appointed Sarah Everdell, our highly respected former Fair Chair and current vestry member, to serve as Chair of the Discernment/Search Committee, which will be charged to identify our next Rector. The vestry will appoint the Committee before the end of February, when its work will begin in earnest. In constituting the Committee, it is the vestry’s top priority that all constituencies of the church be reflected in its membership. Once the Committee has completed its charge, a final recommendation will be made to the vestry, whose responsibility it is to call and contract our new Rector. We anticipate that he or she will be installed as Rector within the next twelve to eighteen months.

The vestry is already consulting with The Reverend Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Maine. As the Bishop’s representative he helps to smooth the clergy transition process for the Diocese and for St. Francis.  Michael will visit St. Francis on March 17, 2019, to meet with the congregation. This will be an informative gathering, lots of Q&A, and we hope you will plan to attend.

Finally, please know that each and every member and friend of St. Francis is invited and encouraged to be an active participant in the discernment/search process. We are a talented and committed congregation and everyone’s views are crucial to a successful discernment. We want to hear all of your cares and concerns, as well as your hopes and dreams; and there will be many opportunities over the coming months for you to make them known. In addition, the Search/Discernment Committee will provide regular updates to the vestry and to the congregation throughout the entire process, via announcements, eClare, and on our website.  
We have come such a long way together. With God’s help, under Claudia’s dedicated leadership, and with your active and positive participation, St. Francis is a grateful, grace-filled, and healthy congregation. We are a steadfast worshiping community of the faithful, committed to the care of our neighbors. As such, St. Francis is unique here in Blue Hill, on the Peninsula, and in the state of Maine. We are the kind of church our next Rector cannot help falling in love with. We are connected by Love, one to another…. Let us hold tightly to each other as we worship, walk, and work to build the future of St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church.

Trusting the steady hand of God to lead us forward, I remain, faithfully yours,
 

Robert J. Publicover, Senior Warden
On behalf of the Vestry

From Claudia on January 3, 2019

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 American Standard Version I have always loved the way these words from the book of Ecclesiastes are embodied in our Anglo-Catholic pattern of worship. Each year we live-out our faith following an ancient sequence of events, beginning with the season of Advent with its quiet preparation for God’s breaking into the life of the world in the form of a vulnerable child; to Christmas with its celebration for the gift of Jesus’ birth; to Epiphany and the long season that follows when we learn and grow into all that it means for a human to be the incarnation of the Divine; and so on. Our life in the church follows this pattern of Jesus’ life, death and ultimate resurrection as the Christ. With each year we have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of how God works through all of the moments of our own lives as well. In my eleven and a half years of walking this path with you, I have been privileged to be a part of so many of your individual journeys through both the joyous, as well as the most difficult, of times. I suspect I have not always told you how much you have taught me about how God works over the arc of time – or said another way, in each season of life. It is therefore with a heart filled with gratitude for you and our time together that I write today to tell you that we are all moving into another phase of our shared journey. Just as surely as the church calendar advances us from one liturgical season to another, our journey together is moving into a new season with the announcement that I will be retiring on the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent (March 3, 2019). My guess is that for some of you this will not be a huge surprise since I have been trying to prepare you for some time that this day was approaching. Others of you may be stunned by the news and for that I am sorry. Let me assure you all however, that this sort of transition is a natural part of the life of the church – another season as it were. As you are well aware, clergy come and clergy go but YOU are the church and that continues on. Over and over you have demonstrated the truth of that statement. In fact part of the reasoning behind choosing this time to retire is that during my prolonged medical absence this past year, you have shown your strength and resilience. You have carried on being the church even though your rector was absent for a time. Certainly there were wonderful supply clergy rotating through, but on a day in and day out basis, YOU were the church. You are ready to move into this new season without me while you discern and ultimately “call” another rector to lead you into the future. Our journey together over these eleven and a half years has taken many turns, but with each one we met the challenges that were thrown at us, together and in doing so, we have all grown. In many ways it is fair to say that you are not the same congregation that you were when I arrived. I am proud of the work we have done together but now it is time for a new clergy person to grow with you in fresh ways. That is the way God’s plan always works each season propelling us forward on the path. In the next several months we will have much conversation about all of this I am sure. In fact this Sunday, Jan 6th, there will be an opportunity for anyone desiring it, to gather after church to ask questions and learn more about the process moving forward. For now however, let me assure you that there IS a process and St Francis won’t be left to figure this out on its own. Already your vestry is working with the Bishop’s office, as they begin to make plans for the work that lies ahead. Your participation in that work will be vitally important. You’ll be receiving a letter from the vestry soon that will outline the process and ways for you to be involved. For now however, let’s take these next two months to celebrate the time we’ve shared. I suspect there will be laughter and some tears as well, but most of all I hope you will feel the love I have for you all. At the end of the day, isn’t that the ultimate mission of the church – to provide a place that teaches us how to love? So in this season as in all seasons, may we strive to walk in God’s way of love. Faithfully, Claudia+
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