October 4, 2020

Celebrate St. Francis Day with us!
Today’s Reading:

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
    and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
    do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

–Psalm 19

Children's Chapel

For Pre-K – 1st Graders:
Join us on the front porch for a special St. Francis Day chapel service and story. We will learn who came to visit St. Francis when he was sick and how it completely changed his life. Miss Abby will bless her special guest, Mr. Otter, and we’ll sing a new song about Critters in a choir with Miss Katlyn. Grab your worship bag! You won’t want to miss how you can be like St. Francis too with todays craft.
For 2nd – 5th Graders:
Join Miss Abby on the front porch for a look into St. Francis’ life. Who was he, why do we celebrate him, and what can he teach us today? Grab your gratitude notebooks to remember some things we are grateful for in nature. And we’ll get a special look into the Blessing of the Animals (hint: Brooklyn).
All God’s Critters Got Space in the Choir
Miss Abby and special guest, Katlyn Wilson, sing about how everybody (and critter) have a space in the choir!

Craft Activity

Bird Feeders

St. Francis’ life was drastically changed through the simplicity and joy of hearing a bird sing. Animals (wild and tame) bring a special sense of peace to our lives and can inspire us to give more of ourselves to the world around us. Make a bird feeder, hang it in a tree, and wait for a bird to come by! Who knows what gift they might bring you.

1. Find an empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll.
(You probably have enough bird seed to make 3 if you have extras.)
You’ll also need honey or peanut butter.

2. Empty the bird seed into a container.

3. Spread either peanut butter or honey on the outside of the roll and then press it into the birdseed.

4. Use the string to tie it into a tree

5. Keep watch for what friends you find meet