Friday, October 19, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 21 October 2018

Lorenzo Monaco, Christ as Man of Sorrows (1415-1417). Private collection.

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday’s readings emphasize Christ’s role as Servant. The Old Testament reading from Isaiah 53 speaks of “the righteous one, my servant” who by his suffering makes many to be accounted righteous. The Gospel reading from Mark 10 holds up the Son of man, who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Christ is the Servant first of God and then of those he came to save. When James and John the sons of Zebedee ask to sit one at his right and one at his left in his glory, he asks them whether they are able to drink the cup that he must drink and be baptized with the baptism with which he must be baptized—alluding to his imminent suffering and death. In other words, the pattern of Christian discipleship is not self-affirmation or self-fulfillment, but humble service of God and our neighbor even at the cost of total self-sacrifice. Paradoxically, however, this way of sacrificial self-giving is the only sure path to perfect freedom, fulfillment, and glory. Join us this Sunday as we explore what it means to be servants of Christ, the Servant of God. – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

John Taverner (1490-1545)— Missa Sancti Wilhelmi

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)— Vere languores nostros


THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 
– Proper 24, Year B 
Psalm 91:9-16
Isaiah 53:4-12
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to S. Stephen’s – especially to our visitors and guests! We’re glad to have you with us. Please join us for Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you.

Memorial Organ Recital – This evening, October 21st, at 5:30 pm, the annual Memorial Recital at S. Stephen’s will feature Choirmaster and Organist James Busby and guest Kevin Darrow, oboe. With works of J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck, Guy Bovet, Joseph-Ermend Bonnal, and Louis Vierne. A reception follows the service. All are most welcome and invited to attend!

Reception following Recital – It’s not too late to sign up on one of the sheets in the Narthex and Great Hall to bring food items to the reception following the Memorial Recital this evening!

Saint James of Jerusalem (October 23rd) – a major feast of the church year, will be kept on Tuesday with Noonday Prayer at 12:00 noon, and Low Mass following at 12:10 pm.

The S. Stephen – All Saints and All Souls 2018 Issue is in the mail and available in the Narthex and online by clicking here.

Budget Committee – The Vestry Committee charged with drafting a parish budget for 2019 will begin meeting soon, and needs to include some parishioners who are not Vestry members. Anyone interested in finding out more about this volunteer opportunity, please speak to Treasurer George Ryan or Senior Warden Tom Bledsoe.

Volunteer for Acolyte Rota – Fr. Alexander is seeking parishioners young and old who would like to be trained to serve as acolytes for the 10:00 am Mass on Sundays and for special services throughout the year. Please get in touch with him if you are willing or know someone else who would be. Thank you!

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will be meeting next Sunday, October 28th, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer with dinner to follow. All undergraduate and graduate students are most welcome and invited to attend!
    

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Elizabeth, Richard, Norman, John, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, Lynne, William, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Patricia, Sandy, John, Phebe, Gregory, Jack, Richard, Colin, Sandy, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

The faithful departed:  Year’s Mind: Mary Elizabeth Moss (21 October 2017). Recently Departed: Lawrence DeCesare, John Hall (Priest), Pamela Haselock, Edward K. Hooks, and F. Washington (Tony) Jarvis (Priest).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for The Church of the Province of West Africa: The Most Rev’d Dr. Daniel Sarfo, Primate & Metropolitan, CPWA, Archbishop of the Internal province of Ghana and Bishop of Kumasi; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for those who serve on the Diocesan Commission on Investments, Commission on Finance, Program and Budget Committee, congregational stewardship committees, treasurers, auditors, bookkeepers and all those who are stewards of the wealth God has entrusted to the church.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo, SD J Ihnen, Thurifer J Starks, Crucifer L Verdelotti, Torches R Noble and W Dilworth
Lector – M Johnson
Ushers – Chris Martel and George Ryan
Coffee Hour – Nancy Gingrich, Tom Oakes, and Louis Verdelotti

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 21 October
Memorial Organ Recital  5:30 pm (Nave) 

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 26 October
RUF Meeting  4:00-11:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 27 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

21 October
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Memorial Recital (no Evening Prayer)  5:30 pm

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Proper 24, Year Two

Monday 22 October
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm

Tuesday 23 October
SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM (R)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon                                         
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 24 October
Raphael, Archangel (W)           
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm
                                      
Thursday 25 October
Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c. 287 (R)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 26 October
Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899 (W)
Cedd, Abbot, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 27 October
FERIA (G)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10:00 am

28 October
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (28 October)

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 25, Year B
Psalm 126
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52


Maestro de la Ventisilla, Apostles James and John, Sons of Zebedee (1501-1533). Museum of Santiago and the Pilgrimages, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In this painting, a bearded James bears his emblem of a pilgrim’s staff and hat with a scallop shell, while John is depicted as a young man bearing his emblem of a chalice with a snake. (According to legend, in Ephesus John was given a cup of poisoned wine to drink; when he blessed the cup the poison departed the cup in the form of a snake.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 14 October 2018

Contemporary Orthodox Icon of Christ as High Priest

FROM THE RECTOR

Traditional Christian theology speaks of Christ’s triplex munus or “threefold office” of Prophet, Priest, and King. (The Latin munus can also be translated “service,” “duty,” “work,” or “ministry.”) This Sunday’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews refers specifically to his priestly office: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been in every way tempted as we are, yet without sin.” A priest offers sacrifice to God on behalf of the people, especially for the forgiveness of sins. Christ is our great high priest in that as God incarnate he offers on the cross a sacrifice of infinite value, and then carries this offering into heaven to intercede before the Father on our behalf. Every Eucharist is a re-presentation, a making-present, of that one, full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. We are united with his sacrifice and receive his life into ourselves every time we come forward for Holy Communion. There is no greater joy in this world or the next than to know Jesus Christ as our great high priest. Let us hold fast our confession. 
– Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

William Byrd (1540-1623)— Mass for five voices

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)— Psalm 121

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 23, Year B 
Psalm 90:12-17
Amos 5:6-7,10-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to S. Stephen’s – especially to our visitors and guests! We’re glad to have you with us. Please join us for Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you.

Edward K. Hooks Funeral Mass – will take place tomorrow (Monday 15 October) at 10 am. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend.

Saint Luke the Evangelist (October 18th) – a major feast of the church year, will be kept on Thursday with Noonday Prayer at 12:00 noon, and Low Mass following at 12:10 pm.

Monthly Requiem – for the departed of this parish whose year’s mind falls during October will be offered this Saturday, 20 October, at 10:00 am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 am). If you have any names to add to those to be remembered, please let Fr. Alexander know. See GAS announcement below.

Guild of All Souls: St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr Branch – S. Stephen’s celebrates a parish Requiem Mass on the Third Saturday of most months at the 10:00 am Mass. Departed members of the parish whose anniversaries fall during the month are remembered in prayer, and anyone may submit additional names of the departed.

The Parish Calendar 2018-2019 – is in the mail along with The S. Stephen. Both it and the Liturgical Music brochure are available to view and download on the parish website: sstephens.org

Memorial Organ Recital – On October 21st, at 5:30 pm, the annual Memorial Recital at S. Stephen’s will feature Choirmaster and Organist James Busby and guest Kevin Darrow, oboe. With works of J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck, Guy Bovet, Joseph-Ermend Bonnal, and Louis Vierne. A reception follows the service. All are most welcome and invited to attend!

Reception following Recital – Please sign up on one of the sheets in the Narthex and Great Hall to bring food items to the reception following the Memorial Recital (see above announcement) on October 21st.

Budget Committee – The Vestry Committee charged with drafting a parish budget for 2019 will begin meeting soon, and needs to include some parishioners who are not Vestry members. Anyone interested in finding out more about this volunteer opportunity, please speak to Treasurer George Ryan or Senior Warden Tom Bledsoe.

Volunteer for Acolyte Rota – Fr. Alexander is seeking parishioners young and old who would like to be trained to serve as acolytes for the 10:00 am Mass on Sundays and for special services throughout the year. Please get in touch with him if you are willing or know someone else who would be. Thank you!

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will not be meeting next Sunday, October 21st, as the Memorial Organ Recital will be taking place at our usual time. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome and invited to attend the recital and reception afterwards!
   

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Elizabeth, Richard, Norman, John, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, Lynne, William, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Patricia, Sandy, John, Phebe, Gregory, Jack, Richard, Colin, Sandy, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Christine Sylvia (Tuesday 10/16).

The faithful departed:  Year’s Mind: David W. Marsland (14 October 1993), William N. H. Potterton (17 October 1997), Phyllis Hayden Potterton (20 October 1997), and Megda Dunham Hawkins (20 October 1984). Recently Departed: John Hall (Priest), Pamela Haselock, Edward K. Hooks, and F. Washington (Tony) Jarvis (Priest).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for The Church in Wales: The Most Rev’d John Davies, Archbishop of Wales & Bishop of Swansea & Brecon; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Luke's, East Greenwich and of St. Luke's, Pawtucket.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD R Noble, Thurifer J Starks, Crucifer F Pisaturo, Torches L Verdelotti and G Benziger
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – Tom Oakes and Simon Newby
Coffee Hour – Alison Huff and Kate Lester

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 14 October
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm (Lady Chapel) 

Saturday 20 October
Guild of All Souls  10:00 am (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 19 October
RUF Meeting  4:00-11:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 20 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

14 October
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Proper 23, Year Two

Monday 15 October
Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Nun, Teacher, 1582 (W)
Funeral Mass of Edward K. Hooks  10:00 am
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm

Tuesday 16 October
Gall, Hermit, 670 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon                                         
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 17 October
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c. 107 (R)           
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm
                                      
Thursday 18 October
SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST (R)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 19 October
Frideswide, Abbess, Patron of the city and University of Oxford, c. 735 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 20 October
FERIA
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Requiem Mass (Black)  10:00 am

21 October
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Memorial Recital (no Evening Prayer)  5:30 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (21 October)

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 24, Year B 
Psalm 91:9-16
Isaiah 53:4-12
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

Friday, October 5, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 7 October 2018

Marc Chagall, Jacob’s Dream (1966)
Musée Marc Chagall, Nice, France

FROM THE RECTOR

The Anniversary of the Dedication is our annual celebration of the consecration of our present church building on February 27, 1862. Since the actual anniversary often falls in Lent – and the Sundays of Lent always take precedence over anything else – we take advantage of an old English custom of celebrating the Dedication on the first Sunday in October. It is a time to give thanks for our church building, for our parish forebears who built it, and for the generations of faithful parishioners who have worshipped here. At the same time, we rededicate ourselves to our mission and ministry in this place, including stewardship of the wonderful architectural and artistic gifts we have inherited and will pass on to those who come after us. Do please join us for this joyous and festive celebration. – Fr. John D. Alexander


THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Anniversary of the Dedication    
Psalm 84:1-6
Genesis 28:10-22
1 Peter 2:1-5, 9
Matthew 21:12-16


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to S. Stephen’s – especially to our visitors and guests! We’re glad to have you with us. Please join us for Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you.

Parish Calendar 2018-2019 – will be mailed with The S. Stephen during the coming week. Both it and the Liturgical Music brochure are available to view and download on the parish website: sstephens.org

Public Holiday Schedule – On Columbus Day (Monday), we will hold Morning Prayer at 9:30 am, with Low Mass following at 10:00 am.

Vestry Meeting – The second Vestry meeting of the program year will take place this Tuesday, October 9, at 7:00 in the Library.

Memorial Organ Recital – On October 21st, at 5:30 pm, an organ recital at S. Stephen’s will feature Choirmaster and Organist James Busby and guest Kevin Darrow, oboe. With works of J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck, Guy Bovet, Joseph-Ermend Bonnal, and Louis Vierne. A reception follows the service. All are most welcome and invited to attend!

Budget Committee – The Vestry Committee charged with drafting a parish budget for 2019 will begin meeting soon, and needs to include some parishioners who are not Vestry members. Anyone interested in finding out more about this volunteer opportunity, please speak to Treasurer George Ryan or Senior Warden Tom Bledsoe.

Volunteer for Acolyte Rota – Fr. Alexander is seeking parishioners young and old who would like to be trained to serve as acolytes for the 10:00 am Mass on Sundays and for special services throughout the year. Please get in touch with him if you are willing or know someone else who would be. Thank you!

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) continues next Sunday with Evening Prayer at 5:30, with dinner and conversation to follow. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome and invited to attend!
    


FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Elizabeth, Richard, Norman, John, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, Lynne, William, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Patricia, Sandy, John, Phebe, Gregory, Jack, Richard, Colin, Sandy, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Devon Callanan (Sunday 10/7), Joy D’Ambra (Sunday 10/7), Jimmy Starks (Wednesday 10/10), and Deborah Abel (Thursday 10/11).

The faithful departed:  Year’s Mind: Lester Wilkinson (9 October 1983), Elizabeth A. Olsen (10 October 1999), and James K. Walker (11 October 2008). Recently Departed: John Hall (Priest), Edward K. Hooks, and F. Washington (Tony) Jarvis (Priest).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for The Episcopal Church: The Most Rev’d Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of TEC; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the members and ministries of the Episcopal Church Women.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD F Pisaturo, Thurifer W Dilworth, Crucifer L Verdelotti, Torches TBD and C Sylvia
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – Karl Benziger and Patricia Barnes
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 7 October
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm (Lady Chapel) 

Tuesday 9 October
Vestry Meeting  7:00 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 12 October
RUF Meeting  4:00-11:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 13 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

7 October
ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION (Observed) (W) 
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Proper 22, Year Two

Monday 8 October
FERIA (G)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10:00 am

Tuesday 9 October
Denys, Bishop of Paris, and Companions, Martyrs, c. 258 (R) 
Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon                                         
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 10 October
Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644 (W) 
Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674 (W)           
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm
                                      
Thursday 11 October
Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675 (W)
James the Deacon, Companion of Paulinus, 7th century (W)

Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 12 October
Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 13 October
Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10:00 am

14 October
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer 8:00 am
Low Mass 8:10 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR 5:30 pm


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (14 October)

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 23, Year B 
Psalm 90:12-17
Amos 5:6-7,10-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 30 September 2018


Jacob de Wit, Moses and the Seventy Elders (1727)
Royal Palace, Amsterdam, Netherlands

FROM THE RECTOR

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Our Lord issues some exhortations that are disturbing at first glance. “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off … If your foot causes you to sin, cut if off … If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out …” These commands fall into the literary category of hyperbole: exaggerations for effect that are not meant to be taken literally. The Church has never endorsed self-mutilation. Their deeper meaning comes into focus when we consider the biblical symbolism of hands, feet, and eyes—particularly in the Psalms and other poetic books of Scripture. Our hands signify our acts and deeds. Our feet signify the ways in which we walk. And our eyes signify the sights, images, ideas, and goals that give our lives purpose and direction. Hands, feet, and eyes thus sum up the total interaction of our inner person with the outside world. In this passage, Jesus reminds us of our need to consecrate all that we are and do—the works of our hands, the paths in which we walk, the vision we set before our imagination—to the service of God’s kingdom. Letting go of habits that lead us astray and cause us to stumble can be difficult and painful: an impossible task if we rely on ourselves alone. But all things are possible with God—especially in and through the Body into which he calls us as members of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – Fr. John D. Alexander


THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 21, Year B    
Mark 9:38-50


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to S. Stephen’s  especially to our visitors and guests! We’re glad to have you join us. Please join us for Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you.

Choir Season – begins this Sunday! We welcome back the Schola Cantorum at the 10 am Mass for another program year. Copies of the 2018-2019 Liturgical Music Prospectus have been mailed out and are available in the Narthex and on the Parish website.

Society of Mary – meets this Saturday, October 6, beginning with Holy Rosary following the 10:00 am Mass and a brief meeting (for coffee and bagels) to follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited to join us.

Memorial Organ Recital – On October 21st, at 5:30 pm, an organ recital at S. Stephen’s will feature Choirmaster and Organist James Busby and guest Kevin Darrow, oboe. With works of J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck, Guy Bovet, Joseph-Ermend Bonnal, and Louis Vierne. A reception follows the service. All are most welcome and invited to attend!

Sunday School – is getting organized to begin in October. Thanks to Nancy Carlson and Modu Johnson for stepping forward to teach this year! Anyone else interested in helping out, please speak with them. 

Budget Committee – The Vestry Committee charged with drafting a parish budget for 2019 will begin meeting soon, and needs to include some parishioners who are not Vestry members. Anyone interested in finding out more about this volunteer opportunity, please speak to Treasurer George Ryan or Senior Warden Tom Bledsoe.

Volunteer for Acolyte Rota Fr. Alexander is seeking parishioners young and old who would like to be trained to serve as acolytes for the 10:00 am Mass on Sundays and for special services throughout the year. Please get in touch with him if you are willing or know someone else who would be. Thank you!

Calling all who Love to Cook Each Sunday this academic year, a meal will follow Evening Prayer with the Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD. Would you please consider volunteering and signing up to provide a meal for the undergraduate and graduate students at Brown and RISD? The need for meals will begin next Sunday, September 16, at 6:00 pm. We’d be more than happy to have you sit down and eat with us and join in conversation. Thank you!

College Ministry The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) continues next Sunday with Evening Prayer at 5:30, with dinner and conversation to follow. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome and invited to attend!    

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Richard, Norman, John, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, Lynne, William, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Sandy, John, Phebe, Ed, Gregory, Jack, Richard, Colin, Sandy, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: William Ripley (Sunday 9/30), Mason Butler-Rose (Wednesday 10/3), James Busby (Friday 10/5), and Devan Latimer (Saturday 10/6).

The faithful departed:  Year’s Mind: Daniel Webster Latham (4 October 1986), Madge Lillian Hover Holmes (4 October 1992), and Lawrence W. Seamans (5 October 1987).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for The Church of the Province of Uganda: The Most Rev’d Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda & and Bishop of Kampala; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Francis, Coventry.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo, SD W Dilworth, Thurifer L Verdelotti, Crucifer R Noble, Torches G Benziger and K Rejto
Lector – Robyn Noble
Ushers – Nancy Gingrich and Tom Bledsoe
Coffee Hour – Tom and Cathy Bledsoe

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 30 September
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm (Lady Chapel) 

Sunday 30 September
Online Book Discussion Group  7:00 pm

Saturday 6 October
Society of Mary  10:30 am (Lady Chapel/Great Hall)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 5 October
RUF Meeting  4:00-11:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 6 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

30 September
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Proper 21, Year Two

Monday 1 October
Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533 (W)
Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897 (W)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm

Tuesday 2 October
The Holy Guardian Angels (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon                                         
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 3 October
FERIA (G)           
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6:00 pm
                                      
Thursday 4 October
Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 5 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12:00 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 6 October
Bruno, Founder of the Carthusian Order, 1101 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10:00 am
Holy Rosary  10:30 am

7 October
ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION 
(Observed) (W)                      
Morning Prayer  8:00 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10:00 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (7 October)

Anniversary of the Dedication
Genesis 28:10-22