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Holding Joint Services Again

Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (2)

It was so much fun, we are doing it again! Starting on May 6th and going through October St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church and Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church will hold joint services at 9:30 am each Sunday for the second year in a row. And the public is invited to come. 

The two congregations will meet together at Lord of the Seas on the first and third Sundays of the month. They will come together at St. Francis in the Keys on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Though their worship services are very similar and their hymns are often the same, each parish will experience the unique and delightful contributions their sister denomination has made to Christian tradition. St. Francis will share their Celtic service and their healing service. The Lord of the Seas choir will sing at every worship service. There will be a coffee hour after each gathering. 

The sites of the two churches are only a quarter of a mile apart. Lord of the Seas is located at 1250 Key Deer Blvd, a mile and a quarter from the only stoplight on Big Pine Key. St. Francis in the Keys is at 1600 Key Deer Blvd, just south of Watson Blvd. For more information go to their Facebook pages or websites: stfrancisinthekeys.org or lordoftheseas.webs.com

Holy Week and Easter Services

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Two churches on Big Pine will commemorate the climax of Jesus' ministry during Holy Week. St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church and Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church will join to celebrate the 3 days that created the Christian movement. On Maundy Thursday, they will remember the Last Supper with a service that includes footwashing and the Eucharist, to be held at Lord of the Seas at 7 pm on March 29th. The next day the two churches will observe Good Friday at St. Francis with the stations of the cross at 7 pm. Both services will include anthems sung by the Lord of the Seas' choir.

The churches will come together again to hold their 16th joint Easter sunrise service on the water's edge at the end of Bogie Drive. Because the portable pews used in previous years were destroyed by hurricane Irma, worshipers are asked to bring their own chairs. The service will begin at 6:45 am and the sun will rise over the water behind the altar during the service. Once again the choir will sing a special anthem and the Rev. Chris Todd will end his sermon series on the 4 cardinal and 3 theological virtues with a homily on hope. After the service the churches will return to Lord of the Seas for a hearty breakfast. The public is invited.

The regular Easter Sunday services will be held at St. Francis at 9 am and at Lord of the Seas at 10:30 am

Lord of the Seas is at 1250 Key Deer Blvd, 1 mile from the stoplight on Big Pine Key, just up from the softball field and is the tallest church on Big Pine. St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church is located at 1600 Key Deer Blvd, a mile and a half from the stoplight. It's the church with the red doors in the woods, just south of Watson Blvd. For more information check either of the the churches' websites or Facebook pages.

Joint Lenten Services

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14. For the 16th straight year, Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church and St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church will hold joint Lenten services. Those who want imposition of ashes before work can comes to St. Francis at 9:00 am Wednesday. Those who want to get their ashes after work or school can come to Lord of the Seas at 7 pm that evening. The Rev. Chris Todd will begin a sermon series on The 7 Cardinal Virtues, to be continued on subsequent Sundays.

On the following Wednesdays the churches will join for soup suppers at 6 pm followed by a Bible study at 6:30. These will alternate between the churches with Lord of the Seas hosting on February 21st and March 7th, and St. Francis hosting on February 28th and March 14th. The topic of the Bible study will be The Life of Jesus. The public is invited.

The regular Sunday services are held at St. Francis at 9:00 am and at Lord of the Seas at 10:30 am.

Christmas at St. Francis

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Francis in the Keys will be open for worship once again on December 24.


Like many residents, after Irma the folks from St. Francis were not immediately able to use their building upon returning. So they worshiped with their gracious fellow Christians at Lord of the Seas Lutheran church, alternating liturgies. In the meantime St. Francis' building and grounds became the headquarters of All Hands, the volunteer group that has helped clean up 200 properties and homes.


Services at St. Francis will resume with the service for the 4th Sunday in Advent, December 24, atServices their new time of 9 am. That night Christmas Eve‘s worship will begin at 6:15 pm. Father Chris' homily will look at the connection between St. Nicholas and Jesus. The annual candlelit singing of “Silent Night” will again be a highlight of the service. And there will be plenty of fabulous Christmas food and drink after the service. 

TWO CHURCHES HOLD JOINT SERVICES THIS SUMMER

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In 1999 the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recognized each other's ministries, sacraments and clergy and the two denominations vowed to cooperate as Christians called to a common mission. Since 2001 Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church and St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church have had joint Lenten services and a joint Easter sunrise service. Since 2012 the Rev. Chris Todd has presided over the worship services at each church. This summer starting on July 2nd the churches will hold joint services at 9:30 am each Sunday as a further expression of Christian love and unity. And the public is invited to come.


The two congregations will meet together at Lord of the Seas on the first and third Sundays of the month. They will come together at St. Francis in the Keys on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. (On the fifth Sunday in July, the 30th, the churches will meet at St. Francis.) Though their worship services are very similar and their hymns are often the same, each parish will experience the unique and delightful contributions their sister denomination has made to Christian tradition. The Lord of the Seas choir will sing at every worship service. There will be a coffee hour after each gathering.


The sites of the two churches are only a quarter of a mile apart. Lord of the Seas is located at 1250 Key Deer Blvd, a mile and a quarter from the only stoplight on Big Pine Key. St. Francis in the Keys is at 1600 Key Deer Blvd, just south of Watson Blvd.  

Two Churches, One Holy Week

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The joint Lenten program between Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church and St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church will come to a climax this Holy Week.


The two congregations will come together to celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7 pm at St. Francis. They will commemorate Jesus instituting the Lord's Supper, washing the feet of his disciples and giving his new commandment to love each other as he loves us. The Rev. Chris Todd will preaching on “Cleaning Up Messes.”


Both parishes will observe Good Friday at 7 pm at Lord of the Seas with a sung version of Tenebrae called “Shadows,”retelling the story of Jesus' passion.


Both churches will join for an Easter Sunrise service at 6:45 am at the end of Bogie Rd, on the water facing east. They will rejoice in the Risen Christ with song, prayer, proclamation and the Eucharist. That will be followed by an Easter breakfast at Lord of the Seas at 8 am.


Easter services will be held at St. Francis at 8:30 am and at Lord of the Seas at 10:30 am.


Lord of the Seas is located at 1250 Key Deer Blvd, a mile and a quarter from the only stoplight on Big Pine Key. St. Francis in the Keys is at 1600 Key Deer Blvd, just south of Watson Blvd.

Christmas at St. Francis

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

St. Francis will be making spirits bright this Christmas Weekend.

 

Christmas Eve‘s worship will begin with Lessons and Carols at 6 pm Saturday, during which readings from the nativity narratives in the gospels will alternate with the appropriate carols. The Holy Eucharist for Christmas will follow at 6:30 pm. Father Chris will look athe greatest story ever told in his homily, “Hero's Quest.” The annual candlelit singing of “Silent Night” will again be a highlight of the service. And there will be plenty of fabulous Christmas food and drink after the service.

 

The regular Sunday service will be held Christmas Day at 8:30 am.

Blessing of the Animals

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

All creatures great and small are invited to the annual Blessing of the Animals Sunday October 2 at St. Francis in the Keys Church. Celebrated near the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, pets of all kinds will be blessed. The Celtic liturgy will emphasize the beauty of God's creation. The music will be drawn from the prayers and songs of the saint known as “God's troubadour.” The service starts at 8:30 am. Delicious food for all attending, both human and non-human, will be served after the worship. For more information, go to our Facebook page, or call 872-2547.

Christmas Eve Service

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Francis in the Keys will kick off its celebration of Christmas week with the Greening of the Church after the 8:30 am service on Sunday the 20th. Come to decorate the sanctuary and stay for the delicious lunch afterwards.

 

Christmas Eve‘s worship will begin with Lessons and Carols at 6:30 pm Thursday, during which readings from the nativity narratives in the gospels will alternate with the appropriate carols. The Holy Eucharist for Christmas will follow at 7:00 pm. Father Chris will give his homily, entitled “First Impressions.” The annual candlelit singing of “Silent Night” will again be a highlight of the service. And there will be plenty of fabulous Christmas food and drink after the service.

Joint Holy Week Services

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The 13th annual joint observance of Lent by St. Francis-in-the-Keys Episcopal Church and Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church climaxes with Holy Week. Both congregations will celebrate Maundy Thursday at Lord of the Seas at 7 pm. The service will include footwashing, an anthem by the choir, Eucharist, and a homily by Interim Pastor Chris Todd.

 

Next day the 2 parishes will observe Good Friday at St. Francis-in-the-Keys at 7 pm. The service, led by the Very Rev. Chris Todd, Priest-in-Charge, will include the Stations of the Cross with pictures by the children.

 

Then both churches will celebrate an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:45 am at the end of Bogie Drive. That will be followed by breakfast at the Lower Keys Property Owners Association Building. St. Francis will then hold an Easter service at 8:30 am and Lord of the Seas will hold an Easter service at 10:30 am. The public is invited to all events.

 

Lord of the Seas is at 1250 Key Deer Blvd, 1 mile from the stoplight, just up from the softball field and is the tallest church on Big Pine. Its phone number is 872-3612. For more information check go to lordoftheseas.webs.com or the church's Facebook page.


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