St. Francis Church

Sunday, May 5 was the fifth Sunday after Easter, commonly called Rogation Sunday from the Latin for to pray or ask for and on this day we traditionally pray for successful crops as the Easter season is connected symbolically with spring. This day ends the Easter season on the church calendar.

Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, St. James 1:22, “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only…” Christianity is action and not only listening and must be lived everyday. James uses the example of a mirror and we are to be mirrors of God.

I had a very active weekend culturally. Friday evening I attended the recital in the Ava Performing Arts Center by the Ozarks String Project violin students and was impressed by the large number of students doing serious study on the violin.

Saturday I drove to Springfield and met Chandler Connell, our acolyte at St. Francis, and we had dinner at That Lebanese Place then went on to the Springfield Little Theater production of the classic American play “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams.

Sunday after church Chandler and I drove to Springfield to attend the President’s Concert by the MSU music department who presented Anton Bruskner’s “Te Deum” (Hymn of Praise) followed by “Belshazzar’s Feast” by tne English composer William Walton.

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