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St. Francis Episcopal Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church

By Great Falls, VA
Thoughts, Gospels, and Sermons from Rev. David Lucey Rector at St Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, VA.
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Francisco-fact: When can we worship together again indoors?
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April 9, 2021
The Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross; Great Falls Area Ministries
See video and more info at Great Falls Area Ministries Christ the King Lutheran Church Dranesville Church of the Brethren Great Falls United Methodist Church Smith Chapel United Methodist Church Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church St. Francis Episcopal Church Join us at Noon on Good Friday for this united service. Every year on Good Friday, Christians take time to meditate on the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice for us in suffering a humiliating, bloody death by crucifixion. It’s a time to dwell on what Jesus suffered for us, in all its pain and intensity, without rushing straight ahead to the good news of Easter, resurrection, and new life.
April 2, 2021
Palm Sunday Sermon and Reading of the Passion
This episode is also available as a blog post: Click Here to see READING OF THE PASSION: Mark 14:1-15:47 The Passion According to Mark HOMILY: The Reverend David J. Lucey
March 30, 2021
Francisco-fact: How do I get my Palm branches?
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March 25, 2021
Important message from the Bishops of the Diocese of Virginia
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March 25, 2021
Is it too early for Biblical Easter Eggs?
The Gospel Lesson: John 12:20-33   A reading from the Gospel of John. Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.   “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.   Reader The Word of the Lord.  People Thanks be to God   HOMILIST: David J. Lucey    St Francis Episcopal Church. Great Falls, VA
March 24, 2021
Gaze at the Cross
SERMON: Timothy Rutherford THE GOSPEL: John 3:14-21 (Read by Rev David Lucey)   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. People Glory to you, Lord Christ.  Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”   The Gospel of the Lord.  People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.    THE SERMON: Timothy Rutherford
March 19, 2021
Francisco-fact: What is a prayer shawl, what does it do, and how do I get one?
Prayer Shawls are religious and spiritual aids that Christians have borrowed from Jews, which like their purpose in Judaism, help the user to focus more fully on the spiritual task at hand. Many of you have seen pictures, videos, and in-person uses of prayer shawls by Jews. Some of the most common are of Jews praying at the West Wall in Jerusalem. For the Jews, the shawl is white, fringed, and laid across the shoulders. It symbolizes the embrace of God for the person who is praying... Read more at the link below... This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 17, 2021
Why the Cross? Was it necessary?
Sermon from Rev. David Lucey and Gospel of Mark 8:31-38  February 28, 2021  The Gospel Lesson:  Mark 8:31-38   Reader A reading from the Gospel of Mark.   Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”  He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”   Reader The Word of the Lord.  People Thanks be to God   HOMILIST: David J. Lucey
March 15, 2021
Encountering God in the temple of Jesus
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March 12, 2021
FRANCISCO-FACT: Staying in Place and Processing with Palms
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March 12, 2021
Francisco-fact: Ash Wednesday during a pandemic. How?
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March 12, 2021