Every year, as I reflect on the life of St. Francis, I read a passage in Lesser Feasts and Fasts that always brings me up short. It is:
I hope that I can aim my life a little closer to Francis’ example of a Jesus centered existence because it would lead to a better world. This Sunday, we will celebrate Francis with a Blessing of the Animals service. He might laugh at us for our love of pets and for how we pamper them, but legend tells us that he preached to the animals which is why he is the patron of all animals. Our blessing service will be during our regular Sunday worship time (10am) and, weather permitting, in the front courtyard. Please bring your pets, a picture, or stuffed animals.
On Sunday evening, I invite you to participate in Game Night in the Great Hall. It is a potluck, so bring some food and a game to share. Game night is a great opportunity to get to know others in the parish and to invite friends. It begins at 5pm.
This past Sunday, I preached about being a courageous voice [Listen]. My words were inspired by the current controversy about alleged sexual assault by our Supreme Court Justice nominee. Yesterday, Bishop Mariann offered a pastoral letter to the Diocese [Bishop's Letter] about her view on this important topic. In the letter, Bishop Mariann wrote:
If you need a listening ear and prayer, I encourage you to reach out to me or my assistant Jenifer Gamber.