St. Francis Church

Sunday, March 10 was the fourth Sunday in Lent. This is also a Rose Sunday in which altar and vestment colors are rose, looking forward to the new life promised by Easter and in contrast to the usual somber colors of the Lenten season.

Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Galatians 4:21, in which Paul tells his readers that they are part of the new covenant of grace established by Jesus and that salvation comes as a gift from God through Jesus and not by the rules and regulations of the old covenant of Moses: “now we, brethern, as Isaac was, are the chidren of promise.”

After the service we had another wonderful meal with a variety of excellent dishes brought by our oustanding cook. After the meal we held our regular vestry meeting at which we discussed church finances and repairs to the property as well as possible changes in the parish hall.

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 we have the evening prayer service followed by Bible study in which we have begun to read Isaiah; anyone interested in studying in Isaiah is to join us.

Saturday my sister, Marilyn, and I spent the day in Hollister visiting a cousin. We had lunch in Yo Olde English Inn and then toured the rooms which have been beautifully restored and refurbished. The Inn is open again after several years of neglect.