For the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Service which is Sunday, August 9, 2020, St Francis Episcopal Church will be celebrating its service live for the first time using Zoom. We will record the service and make it available for you to watch here on our webpage. The service should be available Sunday afternoon.
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Our 8:30 Am service at Holy Spirit
has been suspended.
Starting August 9, St. Francis will start to live stream our services at 10:00 am utilizing the Zoom platform. Look here for further details.
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Message from Fr. Michael
Born of the Spirit
I’m not a runner, but my adult children are. All of them, at one time or another, have run in marathons, in all kinds of weather conditions. They tell me that although temperature and rain are matters which can be fairly easily adjusted to, that wind is the most difficult of nature’s elements to learn to compensate for. For most, when running against the wind, human instinct kicks in making the runner want to work harder, push more and bear down. This causes tension, fatigue, and exasperation. Instead, the experienced runner learns to do exactly the opposite: lean in, relax, and allow the wind to dictate the pace.
I’ve seen the same thing when watching hawks fly above open fields or seagulls fly over ocean waters. They don’t struggle against the headwinds, but instead use the wind to do a kind of mid-air dance. They go with the flow, adapting to the wind, adapting to the conditions.
Our Christian journey at this time is also about relaxing into the wind, dancing in the wind, letting the wind guide our path. Our lives are guided, spirited, and buoyed up by the ever-present breath of God, the Holy Spirit. Our faith requires us to ride the winds of the Spirit, even when life gets rough, and adapt as conditions warrant, trusting in Jesus’ presence and knowing that God is near.
This Sunday, August 9, we continue adjusting to the conditions that confront us as the community of St. Francis, by instituting a new means of Sunday worship on Zoom at 10:00 AM eastern time. Our Sunday liturgy will follow Rite II, Eucharistic Prayer A, as found in the Book of Common Prayer, from start to finish, just as we would conduct our service if we actually gathered together in the church building. You’ll find specifics on how to join us online for worship in the below article authored by Sr. Warden Bill Thornby or by going to our webpage at www.stfrancischarleston.org. Each Sunday service will be followed by a brief coffee/social time, so we can get caught up on how everyone is doing and share future opportunities being planned for online gatherings. If you need assistance with participating with us online, feel free to communicate with Bill directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This time of ongoing spread of the Coronavirus and continued need for social distancing wears emotionally on each of us. I know there are those who would like to return to in person worship at this time, as some other congregations are. Yet as recently as yesterday, a new article was published on msn.com written by a physician titled, The Worst Place You Could Be Right Now, reminding the faithful that gathering at a church facility for worship is still one of the most dangerous activities one can participate in. The article states, "Weeks after President Trump demanded that America's shuttered houses of worship be allowed to reopen, new outbreaks of the coronavirus are surging through churches across the country where services have resumed.” The article notes that even in churches where social distancing guidelines were followed, people still tested positive for coronavirus.
Gathering for online worship is the next logical step for St. Francis during this difficult time. Many of you have communicated your lament at not being able to “gather and see one another”; yet have not availed yourself of the opportunity to do so by participating in our most recent Sunday Zoom Coffee Hours. I pray you will join us on Sundays for online worship and fellowship, by adapting to the conditions and riding the wind of the Holy Spirit. We all need take solace and instruction from one of my favorite passages of scripture, John 3:8.
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8