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September 27, 2016, 7:33 PM

Side by Side -- October 2016

Side by Side: Pastor John and Blanche Heidengren

His name is Francis. He was born in 1181 into a wealthy family in the little Italian town of Assisi. His early years were filled with drinking and partying and living in luxury. He dreamed of being a knight, but after serving as a soldier, captured by the enemy, spending a year in prison, and finally ransomed by his father, he returned to Assisi a changed man.

He left his life of ease to serve God in poverty and rebuild a broken church. He preached around the countryside and embraced a ministry to lepers. He was joined by twelve loyal followers (known as Franciscan friars) and began a mission to restore the values of Jesus to a wealthy, misguided, and decadent Church leadership. They followed the Gospel teachings of Jesus and renounced their worldly possessions.  Francis was an ordained Deacon.

He is well known for his love of animals and nature. He is usually pictured in a brown Franciscan habit surrounded by animals and flowers. Francis died on October 3 at the age of 44. He was made “Saint Francis” by the Church just two years after his death.

Churches today often commemorate Francis by holding a Pet Blessing service in early October, around the time of his death. Please invite your friends to Prince of Peace on October 8th at 11am for a Pet Blessing in our church’s back yard.

-- John

This month I am joining John in honoring St. Francis by sharing his famous prayer asking God to make him an instrument of peace. May we at Prince of Peace Church invite the Lord to do the same! 

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;                                      
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love;                                            

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life."


-- Blanche




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