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The Franciscan - February 2013

  1. 1. February, 2013 Exalt Educate Equip Evangelize Extend Issue #232FROM THE DESK OF BISHOP FELIX ORJI:Ash WednesdayFebruary 13Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes6:30 am 12 noon 7:00 pmWednesday in LentLunch with Teaching Series 12 noonHoly Communion with Teaching Series 6 pmFebruary 20“I Am the Bread of Life” – John 6:35-40Bishop Felix OrjiFebruary 27“I Am the Light of the World” – John 9:1-41Rev. Cindy AndersonMarch 6“I Am the Good Shepherd” – John 10:1-21Deacon Mike PomeroyMarch 13“I Am the Way, Truth, and Life” – John 13:36-14:7Deacon Daphne Orgeron (Continued)
  2. 2. PAGE 2March 20“I Am the Resurrection” – John 11:25-26; John 12:9-26 Dr. Bob TiptonHoly WeekPalm Sunday - March 24Holy Communion at 8 & 10 amMaundy Thursday - March 28Holy Communion & Stripping of the Altar 7:00 pmGood Friday - March 29Stations of the Cross6:30 am and 5:45 pmGood Friday Liturgy 5:00 pmHoly SaturdayEaster Vigil & Baptism 7:00 pmEaster SundayOne Service at 10:00 am only
  3. 3. PAGE 3Deacon Daphne: Daphne Orgeron COINCIDENCES? For several weeks now, we’ve been hearing sermons based on 1st Corinthians, telling us about the power ofthe Holy Spirit. We’ve been cautioned several times that we must stay in touch with the Holy Spirit; in otherwords, always be open to His message and/or intervention. Do you know anyone who doesn’t believe thatmiracles still happen? Or perhaps you yourself believe they only happened in ‘Bible times’. Maybe some ofthe things we term ‘coincidences’ are not coincidences at all, but rather are evidence of God continuing to doHis work here on earth. Let me give you an example which I learned of very recently. Nicholas Malkani is the son in law of Mary Francis and Kim Keisling. He and his wife, Lucy, attend churchwith Kim quite often. Sometime last year, Nicholas was in the hospital, and the doctors were trying to find outwhat was causing him pain. It was a long trying time for the family, and during the stay, I took Nicholas aprayer shawl. At that time, Nicholas has since told me, he was not a real believer. He didn’t attend church, andhad not been baptized. He said he had been very worried and scared in the hospital, and he found that theprayer shawl seemed to bring him relief from his fears. He also told me that he had found it impossible to getwarm while he was in the hospital. At some point, he decided to spread the prayer shawl on his legs, and he feltinstant warmth. A nurse came in sometime after that, and when she put her hand on the shawl, she said it feltlike it emanated warmth. To make a long story short, Nicholas is now well, and all better. A few weeks after he got out of the hospital,he was baptized. He is now a strong Christian, and his prayer shawl stays on the back of his chair in his office.I thank Nicholas for sharing his story with me. We can all use a word of encouragement from time to time, andNicholas’s story certainly encouraged me. I hope it encourages you… to take a closer look at the coincidencesthat happen in your life. God is doing his work here on earth, through the power of His Holy Spirit. Prayershawls aren’t magic. But they are prayed into as they’re being made, and when the priest blesses them, he/sheis actually asking God to put His hand on them, and cause them to be a blessing to someone in need. And Godwill do this if we will let Him. We must keep our ‘antenna’ out so we can notice His Holy Spirit making a dif-ference in someone’s life, as well as our own. And this happens by our reading our Bible and praying daily. Bykeeping God in our life daily, the Spirit will keep our minds open to recognize His work in our lives. Please make it a point to seek out Nicholas and Lucy at church. Shake their hand, welcome them to St. Fran-cis, and thank Nicholas for his testimony. Deacon Daphne+
  4. 4. PAGE 4Bob Tipton: Resident Scholar Worship Bob Tipton “Worship: n—(1a) reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration; (1b) a church service or other riteshowing this; (2) extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind.” [Webster’s New World College Dictionary] Worshipping God is something we must learn. As a child, I thought that worship was limited to (1b) a church service or other rite showing reverence or devotion. I hadbeen taught there were five acts of worship: the communion, the prayers, the songs, the Bible study (preaching), and the offer-ing. Acceptable worship included these five acts. In Sunday school, I could put my nickel in the little bank for Jesus, learn aBible verse, and recite the prayer. When we went into “big church,” I could sin lustily (and perhaps off key), daydream throughthe sermon (it was for the big people), and watch the communion. That was what I knew about worship. This served me welluntil I was about nine. Then my dad got sick, and he and my sister had to go down from the mountains while mother and I remained—mother wasteaching school. Life began to be serious. Making sure the animals that were cared for, that there was water (we got it from thecreek) and wood (we cooked and heated on a wood stove), and that all the other “men” things were taken care of were my re-sponsibilities. And the place of God in my life suddenly became greater. I listened to the sermons—and discussed them on theway home with Mom. I really studied the Bible, prayed and sang to God, and gave from my own allowance. This was all forGod. The morning of my tenth birthday, I announced my commitment to God—and you have never been as thoroughly cate-chized as I was by my mother over the breakfast table. That afternoon I was baptized—born into God’s family, resurrected frommy miry grave in sin—and took my place in the family of God. At some point the conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan woman (John 4.8-30) began to bother me. She had asked a verysimple question: which was the proper place for worship—the Jew’s temple or the Samaritan temple? But Jesus didn’t evenanswer that question! Instead He said that the place was not important; instead true worship was “in spirit and in truth.” I was told that “in spirit”meant that whatever we did in worship had to be directed to and connected with God in heaven. In addition, we were to honorGod meaningfully—not just go through the motions. What we sang, for example, had to be what we really believed and felt; wemust know the words and what they mean, but more important is our meaning what we sing! Our singing should be lusty, en-thusiastic, and express what we wanted to express to God. (As one lady said, “No matter how bad the music sounds to us, if weare worshipping, it sounds beautiful to God.”) The same had to be true of all our worship. The emphasis must always be on oursincerely meaning what we are saying and doing. We were literally gathered together before the throne of God in heaven. Then worship moved out of the building and into life itself. Paul said, Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everythinggiving thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1st Thessalonians 5.17). It is good to have regular times for prayer.It is also good to pray whenever it is convenient. One writer suggested that his prayers after his morning Bible study were thebest time of his day. Some Christians maintain a conversation with God most of the time: one noted that he was always mis-placing things and then saying, “Now God where did I put my glasses?” Upon finding them, he adds, “Thank you, God.” An-other, a truck driver, believed that praying as he drove through the night was when he was closest to God. Prayers do not haveto be formal; they are just our side of our conversation with God. In the context of our daily imitating God, the apostle insisted: Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but befilled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with yourheart to the Lord (Ephesians 5.19). Singing is a “whenever” thing. A song that expresses our thought and feeling should burstforth at any time. Some songs are prayers, some are praise; some are stories and some are requests; some are psalms or hymnsfrom past years; some are the song written yesterday to express a thought, emotion, or prayer of the composer. And God is notconcerned about the quality of the physical voice; the songs in our heart and head are as beautiful as those of the choirs ofheaven. Giving ourselves and our possessions is part of worship when done in the name of the Lord. Jesus praised the Samaritan inHis parable for attending the wounded man and taking him to the inn where he would be cared for—paying the bill himself(Luke 10.30-37). All our giving does not have to be put in the collection plate. Feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, tendingthe sick, and lifting the spirits of those about us by giving of ourselves and our possessions is worship (James 1.27). (Continued)
  5. 5. PAGE 5 My impoverished view of worship took a tremendous blow from my reading Brother Lawrence’s Practice of the Presenceof God. Brother Lawrence devoted his life to living in God’s presence. His devotion and reverence for God were demonstratedin all that he did in serving others: gathering, cooking and serving food were dedicated by Brother Lawrence to God as worship.When he swept the kitchen, he devoted that to God as worship. In every act of every day, he was serving his Father. This doesnot mean that he slighted the traditional acts of worship in any way—but rather that he demonstrated his reverence, devotion,and love to God by serving others. In this way, his life WAS worship. We should dedicate all our actions to God. Thus whenwe are studying or teaching God’s word, or singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs in His presence, or praying for all thosewho need prayers (which includes every person in the world, so praying should be never ending), or observing the Holy Eucha-rist, or giving of our wealth, all these things must be dedicated as worship to God. From our rising up to our lying down—everything—we live in the presence of God. Every thought, word, and action is to be offered to Him as worship. In Our Lady’s Juggler, Anatole France tells the story of Barnaby, whose greatest desire was to worship Mary. After meet-ing a prior and learning about the life of worship in the monastery, he became one of the brothers. There he saw everyone doingsomething special as an act of worship—painting, writing, singing, gardening, cooking, or serving in some special way. But hecould do none of these things—he could only juggle. After some time, the prior noted that Barnaby would disappear into thechapel at intervals, so he and two old monks investigated. The story ends with these words: They saw Barnaby before the altar of the Blessed Virgin, head downwards, with his feet in the air, and he was jug- gling six balls of copper and a dozen knives. In honor of the Holy Mother of God he was performing those feats, which aforetime had won him most renown. Not recognizing that the simple fellow was there placing at the service of the Blessed Virgin his knowledge and skill, the two old monks exclaimed against the sacrilege. The prior was aware how stainless was Barnaby’s soul, but he concluded that he had been seized with madness. They were all three preparing to lead him swiftly from the chapel, when they saw the Blessed Virgin descend the steps of the altar and advance to wipe with a fold of her azure robe the sweat that was dropping from her juggler’s forehead. Then the prior, falling down upon his face upon the pavement, uttered these words, “Blessed are the simple-minded, for they shall see God.” “Amen!” responded the old brethren and kissed the ground.AMEN.
  6. 6. PAGE 6FROM THE EDITOR:Saint Valentines Day, commonly known as Valentines Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observedon February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a workingday in most of them. After New Years Day, it is the most celebrated holiday around the world. St. ValentinesDay began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popu-lar martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for sol-diers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the RomanEmpire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend statesthat before his execution he wrote "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her. Today, Saint Valentines Day isan official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern OrthodoxChurch also celebrates Saint Valentines Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of theRoman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of In-teramna (modern Terni).The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages,when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in whichlovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greetingcards (known as "valentines"). Valentines Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline,doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way tomass-produced greeting cards.
  7. 7. PAGE 7 Annual Church Meeting Sunday, Feb. 17th.Please plan to attend this most important meeting. New Vestry members will also beelected at this time.YOUNG ADULTS FELLOWSHIP: The Bishop has asked Jason and Stephanie Chapman to leadour Young Adults Fellowship. It will meet once a month. More information to follow.SUNDAY LUNCHES: Cookies and drinks will be available after both services on every Sunday Ex-cept The First Sunday, which will now be the pot-luck lunch. If you can help, call Linda Gunter at 203-4275.ADULT CHRISTIAN EUCATION: Meets downstairs in the conference room every Sun-day between 9:15 and 9:45 am.YOUTH BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP: All junior and senior high youth are invited toparticipate. Sunday’s at 6:30 for dinner at the Church.FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH: Parish Prayer Meeting at 6:30 pm. All otherWednesdays: Evening prayer with homily at 6:00 pm.LAVERDE CASA GROUP: Meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 6:00pm Potluck supper and bible study. We will be studying the book of James. Call Mike for more in-formation: 490-5402.FLOWER CHART - A new flower chart sign up is posted on the bulletin board across from the giftshop. Sign up for flowers on the altar in memory of, in thanksgiving for, in celebration of, etc. The cost of aflower arrangement is $30 each. Call Sheila Huchton at 833-2382 for more information.INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Jim and Martha Williams will be leading the Intercessory Prayer minis-try at St. Francis. Intercessory prayer will be offered in the library at 9:30am every Sunday morning. You arewelcome to join. It’s a time to pray for God’s power and blessing on our Sunday service. I asked them tolead this ministry and highly recommend it to you. -Canon Felix
  8. 8. PAGE 8MEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Now Studying Exodus. Meets Wed. at 7:00 am (after 6:30 wor-ship). Breakfast included! All men are invited.PRAY ACROSS THE MILES: If your children are away at school or getting into the work-force, they need prayer support. Join us to hold our children and each other before the Lord inan informal prayer group which meets every other Tuesdy (please note day change) from 6:00to 6:30 pm at Mark and Martha Heath’s home: 5709 Bonneville. Anyone is welcome. Formore information, call Nancy Hill, 479-5513.PASTORAL CARE - Please pray for Ed Azar, Ann May, Kay Lassiter, Susan Smith, Heather Stevens,Ainsley Hines, Bill Bihn, Mary Lou Nelson, Karli Baldwin, Jenny, Sharon Carr Leamon, Sharma Brown,Mary Jane Brown, Clif Stevens, Midge McReynolds, Ed Moore, Pat Tipton, Loretta Ackley, and Gete andBarney Garbow.TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY: If you are unable to drive due to illness, recent surgery etc.,please call the church office and speak with either JoAnn or Lea . We will try and find you a ride to church,doctor appt. etc.CHURCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE: An exciting idea for decorating next year’s parish hallChristmas tree has been suggested. Yes, we know that is almost a year away, but as you are packing up yourChristmas decorations, save a special ornament. Bring it to church in a sandwich bag (protected if fragile)and labeled as to how you would like your family identified-ie-Uphoff Family or all the familys names etc..A red plastic box will be in Fries Hall; just place your ornament in it. For and questions, call Lynn Payne(584-2740) or Jim or Neva Uphoff. (581-1292).WOMEN’S RETREAT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Women’s Retreat scheduled for Febru-ary has been cancelled. We will instead have a Parish Retreat in the fall with Bishop Terence and Hazel Kel-shaw here in El Paso.COMMUNITY CORNER - Ways to HelpAngela Guevara Child Development Center –Rock babies and/or read to preschoolersKelly Memorial Food Bank –Donate staples for the hungry- beans, rice, cereal, etc.L B Johnson Elementary School –Volunteer to mentor children once a month for 45 minutes beginning in the fallRescue Mission –Provide bake goods the first Sunday of the monthContact Sudy Todd for more information or to volunteer 490-5349 or
  9. 9. PAGE 9JUST FOR FUN ETC…. Kids On Love and Marriage HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?"You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." Alan, age 10"No person really decides before they grow up who theyre going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who youre stuck with." Kirsten, age 10 WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?"Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then." Camille, age 10 "No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married." Freddie, age 6 HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? "Married people usually look happy to talk to other people." Eddie, age 6"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." Der- rick, age 8 WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? "Both dont want no more kids." Lori, age 8 WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." Lynnette, age 8"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." Martin, age 10 WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? "Id run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns." Craig, age 9 WHEN IS IT OK TO KISS SOMEONE? "When theyre rich." Pam, age 7 "The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldnt want to mess with that." Curt, age 7"The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. Its the right thing to do." Howard, age 8 diaper-changing." Kirsten, age 10 HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDNT GET MARRIED? "There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldnt there?" Kelvin, age 8"You can be sure of one thing - the boys would come chasing after us just the same as they do now." Roberta, age 7
  10. 10. PAGE 10EVERY WEEK AT ST. FRANCIS… CLERGY AND STAFF BISHOP FELIX C. ORJI, Rector THE REV. DAPHNE ORGERON, DeaconSunday THE REV. Dr. MYLES CALVIN, Asst. Priest8:00 am Worship Service THE REV. CINDY ANDERSON, Asst. Priest10:00 am Worship Service DAVID BASCH, Lay Pastor10:00 am Children’s Sunday School THE REV. H. EUGENE MYRICK, Rector Emeritus MIKE LAVERDE, Lay Pastor (Pastoral Care)4:00-6:00 pm Youth Bible Study PAUL COLEMAN, Lay Pastor (Bible Study and Discipleship) STEVE ANDERSON, Lay Pastor (Evangelism and Missions) Child care is provided RANDALL CROSSLAND, Chair of Buildings and Grounds Dr. BOB TIPTON, Scholar in Residence LEA MAGRUDER, Director of Music, Church Secretary JOANN CASPER, Parish Administrator SONIA LOPEZ, Sunday School Director Wednesday LEA MAGRUDER, Secretary6:30 am Morning Prayer & Bible Study VESTRYweekly at the church. Bill Burton, Sr. Warden7:00 pm Bible Study; Parish Prayer Meeting— Bill Stevens, Jr. Warden1st Wed. of the month Mark Musgrave, Treasurer Justin Benedict, Sonny Brown, Bill Burton, Jason Chapman, Elvia Crossland, Sonia Lopez, David Thursday Moody, Bernard Moye, Ron Munden, Kirk7:00 pm Choir Practice Rosenlund, Pam Slusher, Melinda Skillern, Bill Stevens, Kevin Coleman (Youth rep.) **** FRANCISCAN : Editor; Jim Uphoff Staff; Neva Uphoff, Loy Doty Inside this issue: From The Bishop Page 1 Deacon Daphne Page 3 Bob Tipton Page 4 From the Editor Page 6 St Francis Happenings Page 7 Just For Fun Page 9