Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Bishop is Coming on All Saints’ Sunday, Sunday, November 2

Bishop David Rice will be coming to St. John’s to offer the rite of confirmation, reception and renewal of baptismal vows on Sunday, November 2. If you are interested in preparing for confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church or if you would like to renew your baptismal vows, please contact the church office.  If there is interest, Elaine Breckenridge will offer a class or retreat for such preparation.

Sermon From 10/12

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.10.12 EHB

Sermon from 10/5

St. Francis Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.10.05 EHB

Keep it simple Elaine. Keep it simple like the hymn we just sang. Keep it simple like Francis himself. St. Francis is famous for keeping it simple saying, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” However, it is a challenge to keep it simple because there are many biographies, many legends about St. Francis. In fact he has the longest single entry of anyone in history in the Library of Congress. There are many things that could be said about Francis today.
St. Francis is so compelling, that you can walk into a Lowe’s or a Walmart store or any number of nurseries and buy a statute of his likeness. Extraordinary–a Christian saint who has universal appeal and not unlike St. Nicholas can easily be found in both sacred and secular settings. Where do we seem him most? In gardens and adorning birdbaths.
St. Francis sometimes referred to himself as Brother Sparrow. He loved birds and there are numerous accounts of him preaching to birds. And of course he is now identified as the patron saint of both pets and animals. In New York City, St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral’s most well attended service throughout the church year is not Christmas or Easter.
It is the famous service of the Blessing of Animals which features a procession of everything from camels to peacocks, from reptiles to ant farms. They march right down the center of the cathedral’s nave, one by one accompanied by sacred music.
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