St Francis Church News

Sunday, July 16 was the fifth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley spoke on the theme of the unification of Christianity basing his sermon on the Epistle for the day, 1st St. Peter 3:8, “Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren…that ye should inherit a blessing.” This Epistle was written to encourage early Christians as to their Christian attitudes and feelings, but is equally appropriate for us today when he tells us that we must bless others to bring blessings on ourselves and we all inherit God’s blessings. St. Peter wanted Christians to understand that they were something new in the world and needed to live in harmony, not necessarily in unity of belief, but in unity of spirit, the spirit of our Lord, which is the binding force in Christianity. He wants us to grow into being like Christ. This theme is also carried out in the Old Testament lesson for the day from Proverbs, which tells us that God sees all and hates evil, but loves good, and our psalm lesson from Psalm One, which tells us that the righteous are protected and Psalm 121, which tells us that the protector of Israel never sleeps.

Lincoln Connell has been visiting his parents after his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY on May 27; his parents and brother Chandler attended the ceremony. On Saturday July 15 the Connells entertained with a dinner in Lincoln’s honor and I attended and enjoyed much good food and visiting. Sunday afternoon Lincoln, Chandler and I drove to Springfield to attend a performance at the Springfield Contemporary Theater of the play “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” by the Italian playwright Dario Fo. It is a very comic political satire which we all enjoyed very much. Chandler will leave this week to return to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he is a cadet.

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