Thursday, January 17, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 20 January 2019 

The Wedding at Cana of Galilee, 1910. Fiske Window (detail); 
Narthex of S. Stephen’s Church in Providence, RI; 
Made by Kempe Studios, London, England.

FROM THE RECTOR

Our Lord’s miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding at Cana in Galilee ranks as one of the great epiphanies showing forth his identity as the incarnate Son of God. Saint John the Evangelist, author of the Fourth Gospel, describes it as the first of Jesus’ “signs.” As such, the story is replete with multilayered symbolism: the marriage of heaven and earth; the abundant food and free-flowing wine of the messianic banquet. Most of all, this episode highlights Mary, the mother of Jesus. When the wine gives out, she brings the problem to her Son’s attention. Join us this Sunday as we explore this Gospel’s picture of Mary’s role as Intercessor and exemplar of Christian prayer. – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C)
Psalm 36:5-10
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11


THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC 

Healey Willan (1880-1968) – Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena



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.


Flowers – at the high altar this Sunday are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of John Arthur Clark and Harold Rutherford Alexander by Sharon Lloyd Clark.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (January 15th) – will be observed on Monday 21 January this year and will follow the public holiday schedule with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10 am.

The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle (January 25th) – a major feast of the church year will be kept this Friday with Noonday Prayer at 12 noon, and Low Mass following at 12:10 pm.

Rector’s Online Book Group – is still in the process of getting organized! Since the 7 pm Sunday timeslot doesn’t seem to work well for those who have indicated an interest in participating, we are in process of deciding an alternative time. So it’s not too late to join! The format consists of an online discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (1945)— a satiric fantasy novel of a bus ride in the Afterlife. If you would like to participate - or if you'd like to find out more about what's involved – please email, call, or speak to Fr. Alexander ASAP.

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27, 2019:

· One Vestry Member for a four-year term (expires January 2023) – Sharon Lloyd Clark
· One Vestry Member for a two-year term (expires January 2021) – Leana Latimer Hooks
· Junior Warden (to be elected by Vestry; three year term; expires January 2022) – Alison Huff
· Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) – Molly Bledsoe Ellis
· Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
· Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term) – Francesco Pisaturo, Jacob Ihnen
· Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term) – Nancy Gingrich, Richard Noble

According to the Parish By-Laws, nominations-by-petition were to be received by the Rector no later than two weeks before the Annual Meeting (i.e., last Sunday) so this is the final slate. Warm thanks to the Nominations Committee for its excellent work!

Winter Break Providence – From Sunday the 13th through Monday the 21st of January, the Guild House is the principal venue for Brown University Swearer Center’s “Winter Break Providence” program, “a weeklong intensive living learning program which explores local issues such as homelessness, urban education, equitable health care, economic justice, incarceration and environmental justice. During the week, students meet with policy makers, service providers, politicians, activists, and community members to better understand both the context for these issues and the skills and commitment required to create meaningful social change.” So, please extend a warm S. Stephen’s welcome to any groups of students you may encounter on the premises during this time! 


College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will begin its Spring Semester meetings next Sunday, January 27th, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer, followed by a meal. All are most welcome and invited!

Annual Parish Meeting Luncheon – As always, we are planning a meal to accompany this important gathering immediately following the 10 am Mass on Sunday 27 January 2019. We need lots of help: from bringing food and drink, to volunteering to help set up beforehand and clean up afterwards. Please sign up on one of the sheets provided in the Narthex or Great Hall; or call or email Susan in the parish office to let us know how you can help. Thanks to all who have volunteered so far!

Royal Martyr Day Celebration – Evening Prayer will be celebrated in commemoration of Charles Stuart, King of England and Martyr (1649) at 6 pm on Wednesday 30 January at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Weymouth, Massachusetts. At the reception following, Fr. Harold Birkenhead, Rector, will sign copies of his new book, Investigating Cromwell: In the Matter of the Murder of King Charles I. Please let Fr. Alexander know if you are interested in traveling to Weymouth to take part in what promises to be an inspiring and memorable evening.

Candlemas – Our joint celebrations of major feasts continue with Mass for the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple at Saint John’s, Newport, on Saturday 2 February at 11 am. The music will feature the “Little Organ Mass” of Joseph Haydn. Fr. Alexander will preach. Please mark it in your diary to attend this principal feast of the Church Year, marking the fortieth day after Christmas.

Requiescat – We have received word of the death on January 15th of Sharon Burdett, who attended S. Stephen’s on and off for a number of years, on both Sundays and weekdays, as well as various parish programs and events: most recently our 2018 Sunday evening Lenten series. An eccentric personality – but well-read, with a keen intellect and inexhaustible curiosity – Sharon never formally joined any of the Providence churches she frequented, but she derived great joy from her participation in worship and parish life. Her ashes are to be interred at Saint Martin’s. Her name will be added to the Year’s Mind list at S. Stephen’s (an exception to our usual policy). Of your charity, please offer a prayer for the repose of her soul.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Danielle Malo (Tuesday 1/22).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: John Arthur Clark (20 January 2008), Ellsworth E. R. Wallace (21 January 1987), Ruth B. Bodell (21 January 1985), Gordon Bramwell (22 January 2002), Claire B. Bentley (25 January 1984), and L’Marie Blunt (25 January 1994). Recently Departed: the Rev. Canon Gregory M. Howe; Sharon Burdett. Those in whose memory flowers are given: Harold Rutherford Alexander.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Anglican Church of Australia: The Most Rev’d Philip Leslie Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne & Primate of Australia; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Paul's, North Kingstown and of St. Paul's, Pawtucket and of St. Paul's, Portsmouth.


THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Ushers – Louis Verdelotti and Joy D’Ambra
Coffee Hour – Leana Hooks and Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Sunday 13 thru Monday 21 January
Winter Break Providence: Brown University Various Times (Great Hall)

Saturday 26 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

20 January
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Sung Mass  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Epiphany II, Year One

Monday 21 January
Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304 (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Tuesday 22 January
Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa and Martyr, 250 (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 23 January
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 24 January
Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, 1622 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 25 January
THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 26 January
Timothy and Titus [and Silas], Companions of Saint Paul (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

27 January
THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (27 January)

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C)
Psalm 19
Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 13 January 2019 

Rogier Van Der Weyden, Baptism of Christ (c. 1455)
Central Panel of the St. John Altarpiece, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany


FROM THE RECTOR

On the First Sunday after the Epiphany we commemorate the Baptism of Christ, known in Eastern Orthodoxy as the “Theophany,” a key moment in the cycle of Christmas-Epiphany celebrations. The words “Epiphany” and “Theophany” signify the revelation, manifestation, or showing forth of Christ’s divinity at key moments during his earthly life. The liturgical commemoration of Christ’s Baptism in the River Jordan affords us an occasion to recommit ourselves to our own baptismal promises, and to rejoice in the promise of eternal life given us in the baptismal waters. – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Christ (Year C)
Isaiah 43:1-7
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-16,21-22


THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC 

William Byrd (1538-1623) – Mass for Four Voices

Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) – Jesus autem hodie


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.

The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle (January 18th) – a major feast of the church year will be kept this Friday with Noonday Prayer at 12 noon, and Low Mass following at 12:10 pm.

Monthly Requiem – for the departed of this parish whose year’s mind falls during January will be offered during Mass this Saturday, 19 January, at 10 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. This Mass is sponsored by the Guild of All Souls, St. Stephen Protomartyr Branch: all are welcome and invited to attend!


Rector’s Online Book Group – begins this evening on Sunday 13 January at 7 pm. The format will be an online discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (1945)— a satiric fantasy novel of a bus ride in the Afterlife. If you would like to participate - or if you'd like to find out more about what's involved – please speak to Fr. Alexander today. (For an excellent report on the previous book group that met this past summer and autumn, see the article by J. Jennifer Jones in the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany issue of The S. Stephen.) 

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27, 2019:

· One Vestry Member for a four-year term (expires January 2023) – Sharon Lloyd Clark
· One Vestry Member for a two-year term (expires January 2021) – Leana Latimer Hooks
· Junior Warden (to be elected by Vestry; three year term; expires January 2022) – Alison Huff
· Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) – Molly Bledsoe Ellis
· Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
· Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term) – Francesco Pisaturo, Jacob Ihnen
· Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term) – Nancy Gingrich, Richard Noble

Thank you to the Nominations Committee for its excellent work. According to the Parish By-Laws, nominations-by-petition must be received by the Rector no later than two weeks before the Annual Meeting (i.e., today) with the signatures of at least five members of the parish and a statement of consent from the person being nominated.

Winter Break Providence – From Sunday the 13th through Monday the 21st of January, the Guild House will be the principal venue for Brown University Swearer Center’s “Winter Break Providence” program, “a weeklong intensive living learning program which explores local issues such as homelessness, urban education, equitable health care, economic justice, incarceration and environmental justice. During the week, students meet with policy makers, service providers, politicians, activists, and community members to better understand both the context for these issues and the skills and commitment required to create meaningful social change.” So, if you’re around the church during the coming week, please extend a warm S. Stephen’s welcome to any groups of students you may encounter on the premises!

Annual Parish Meeting Luncheon – As always, we are planning a meal to accompany this important gathering immediately following the 10 am Mass on Sunday 27 January 2019. We need lots of help: from bringing food and drink, to volunteering to help set up beforehand and clean up afterwards. Please call or email Susan in the parish office to let us know how you can help.

Royal Martyr Day Celebration – Evening Prayer will be celebrated in commemoration of Charles Stuart, King of England and Martyr (1649) at 6 pm on Wednesday 30 January at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Weymouth, Massachusetts. At the reception following, Fr. Harold Birkenhead, Rector, will sign copies of his new book, Investigating Cromwell: In the Matter of the Murder of King Charles I. Please let Fr. Alexander know if you are interested in traveling to Weymouth to take part in what promises to be an inspiring and memorable evening.

Candlemas – Our joint celebrations of major feasts continue with Mass for the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple at Saint John’s, Newport, on Saturday 2 February at 11 am. The music will feature the “Little Organ Mass” of Joseph Haydn. Fr. Alexander will preach. Please mark it in your diary to attend this principal feast of the Church Year, marking the fortieth day after Christmas.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

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

Birthdays this week: Jason Connell (Jan 13); Zachary Painter (Jan 13); Ladwaune Edwards (Jan 17)

The faithful departed: (No Year’s Mind Anniversaries this week); Pray for the souls of the founders, benefactors, and all departed clergy and parishioners of S. Stephen’s. Recently Departed: the Rev. Gregory Howe.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer – Pray for the Anglican Church of Australia: The Most Revd Philip Leslie Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne & Primate of Australia. (No Diocesan Cycle of Prayer listing for this week)

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo, SD J Ihnen, Thurifer L Verdelotti, Crucifer J Ihnen, Torches R Noble & G Benziger
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – Bruce Lennihan and Karl Benziger
Coffee Hour – Karl and Klara Benziger


THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Saturday 19 January
Guild of All Souls 10 am (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Sunday 13 thru Monday 21 January

Winter Break Providence (Brown University) – Various Times (Great Hall)

Saturday 19 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

13 January
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST (W)
Morning Prayer 8 am
Low Mass 8:10 am
Solemn Mass and Procession 10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Epiphany I, Year One

Monday 14 January
Kentigern (Mungo), Bishop & Missionary in Scotland, 612 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 15 January
Paul of Thebes, Hermit, c. 345 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 16 January
Richard Meux Benson, Monk, Founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 1915 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 17 January
Anthony, Abbot in Egypt, 356 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 18 January
THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER: SAINT PETER’S CHAIR AT ROME (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 19 January
Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Requiem Mass 10 am (Black)

20 January
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer 8 am
Low Mass 8:10 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (20 January)

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C)
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 6 January 2019

Early Fourth-Century Sarcophagus showing the Wise Men (dressed as Parthian nobles) bringing their gifts to the Christ Child. Vatican Museum, Vatican City.

FROM THE RECTOR

Folktales in many cultures tell of a king who disguises himself as a beggar and goes about anonymously to find out what’s really going on in his kingdom: what the people are saying and thinking; how the royal officials are treating them; what their living conditions are really like; and, indeed, how they treat the beggars in their midst! At some climactic point in the story, however, comes “the reveal.” The beggar-king throws off his dirty blankets and rags to show resplendent royal attire beneath and so reveal his true identity.

The Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels follows a similar pattern. More accurately, it is the pattern! When God the Son comes down to earth from heaven, he takes human flesh so that he is God incognito in our midst. But then at critical moments in the story, his true identity is revealed to human beings who recognize and worship him as the true King of Israel. Among the first to so recognize him are the Magi, the Wise Men from the East who have seen his star and come bearing gifts. They set the pattern for all of us who seek to recognize, worship, and offer our gifts to him in our own time and place. – Fr. John D. Alexander


THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)—Messa breve "La stella"

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)—Videntes stellam

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

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.

Rector Away – Fr. Alexander is attending an academic conference in Louisville, KY, and will be back in the parish office on Tuesday. We welcome our friend Fr. Gary Sturni as celebrant and preacher at both Masses today.

Christmas Decorations – the Twelve Days of Christmas now being past, the decorations in the church need to come down. Volunteers are invited to stay after the 10 am Mass today (Sunday 6 January) to help with this effort. (The creche remains in place, however, for the forty days until the feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) on February 2nd.)

Next ESK Volunteer Opportunity – S. Stephen’s next opportunity to provide the volunteers for the Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) is January 12. Please let Bruce Lennihan know via email if you can assist.

Stewardship Program – We are pleased to report that as of Monday, December 31st, we have received 53 pledges for 2019 totaling $105,844 (including ten new individuals / households whose pledges total $15,370). This exceeds the Budget Committee’s goal of $105,000 and helps set us on a sound footing for the financial year now beginning. Thank you to all who have pledged! If you have not already done so, however, it is not too late! We are grateful for all pledges received, no matter how large or small, and every little bit counts in helping our parish fulfill its mission to the glory of God.

Rector’s Book Group – will begin on Sunday 13 January (and not on 6 January as previously announced). The format will be an online discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (1945)— a satiric fantasy novel of a bus ride in the Afterlife. If you would like to participate - or if you'd like to find out more about what's involved – please email Fr. John so he can include you in the distribution of necessary information on how to join the discussion. (For an excellent report on the previous book group that met this past summer and autumn, see the article by J. Jennifer Jones in the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany issue of The S. Stephen.)

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27, 2019:

· One Vestry Member for a four-year term (expires January 2023) – Sharon Lloyd Clark
· One Vestry Member for a two-year term (expires January 2021) – Leana Latimer Hooks
· Junior Warden (elected by Vestry – three year term; expires January 2022) 
–  Alison Huff
· Clerk (one-year term) – Molly Bledsoe Ellis
· Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
· Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term) – Francesco Pisaturo, Jacob Ihnen
· Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term) – Nancy Gingrich, Richard Noble

Thank you to the Nominations Committee –Tom Bledsoe (Chair), Phoebe Pettingell, Bobby Rose, Robyn Noble, and Karl Benziger – for its excellent work. According to the parish by-laws, Nominations-by-Petition must be received by the Rector no later than two weeks before the Annual Meeting (i.e. Sunday 13 January) with the signatures of at least five parish members and a statement of consent from the person being nominated.

Annual Parish Meeting Luncheon – As always, we are planning a pot-luck luncheon to accompany the Annual Meeting immediately following the 10 am Solemn High Mass on Sunday 27 January 2019. We need lots of help! Not only from those who will bring food and drink, but also from those volunteers to help set up beforehand and clean up afterwards! Let’s make this a fully cooperative parish effort. Please call or email Susan in the parish office to let us know how you would like to help.



FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

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

Birthdays this week: Katherine Hayslip (Sunday 1/6) and Joan Gordon (Friday 1/11).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Marian Dunlop (6 January 2000), Chester Arthur Files, Jr. (8 January 2013), John Francis Hall (9 January 1990), Margaret Ethel Worthington (10 January 1991), Harry Johnson (12 January 2007), and Mary Ann Wiggins (12 January 2013).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia: The Most Rev’d Philip Richardson - Bishop of Taranaki and Primate, The Most Rev’d Don Tamihere - Pihopa o Aotearora and Primate, and The Most Rev’d Fereimi Cama - Bishop of Polynesia and Primate; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for all the clergy and people of our Diocese.


THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC TBD, Thurifer TBD, Crucifer TBD, Torches TBD & TBD
Lector – TBD
Ushers – Bruce Lennihan and Karl Benziger
Coffee Hour – TBD


THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 
EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 12 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

6 January
THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass and Procession  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Epiphany, Year One

Monday 7 January
Proper for January 7 (W)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 8 January
Proper for January 8 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 9 January
Proper for January 9 (W)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 10 January
Proper for January 10 (W)
William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1645
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 11 January
Proper for January 11 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 12 January
Proper for January 12 (W)
Aelred, Abbott of Rievaulx, 1167
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

13 January
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (13 January)

The First Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 29
Isaiah 43:1-7
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Saturday, December 29, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 30 December 2018

Anthony Van Dyke, The Martyrdom of Saint Stephen, 1623-1625. Collection of Tatton Park, North Cheshire (National Trust)

FROM THE RECTOR

The commemoration of Saint Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr on December 26, the day after Christmas Day, has occasionally struck some church members as odd. (Here at S. Stephen’s we take advantage of the Prayer Book’s permission to transfer the Patronal Festival to the following Sunday.) Within a day, we move from a scene of birth and new life to one of martyrdom and grisly death. But the connection between the two days is deep. Christ comes down to earth from heaven at Christmas precisely to bring his faithful followers to heaven from earth. The narrative of Stephen’s martyrdom in the Acts of the Apostles emphasizes that Stephen was “full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (6:5; 7:55) and “full of grace and power.” (6:8). He spoke “with wisdom and the Spirit” (6:10), and “his face was like the face of an angel” (6:15). These spiritual gifts manifested Christ’s life within Stephen, empowering him to bear witness to Christ unto death. As Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe puts it: "And so the love that brought Christ from heaven to earth raised Stephen from earth to heaven; shown first in the king, it later shone forth in his soldier." Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate this same divine love of Christ that asks to come into our hearts here and now. – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Healey Willan (1880-1968)—Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Saint Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr (Transferred)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to S. Stephen’s – especially to our visitors and guests! We’re glad to have you with us. If you have any questions or special needs, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. (We regret that there is no coffee hour following the 10 am Mass today; coffee hour will resume next Sunday.)

Feast of the Holy Name – This Tuesday, 1 January 2019, we shall keep the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus with a Sung Mass at 10 am. Fr. Nathan Humphrey will be the preacher; this celebration is in conjunction with St. John’s, Newport, whose parishioners have been invited to join us and stay to help out with the New Year’s Day Dinner (see announcement below). Do please plan to begin the New Year by coming to Mass to join in the celebration of this Principal Feast of the Church Year! 

New Year’s Day Dinner – Also this Tuesday, we will offer our annual New Year’s Day Dinner for the Hungry from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. If you can help, please contact coordinator Bobby Rose via email, or contact the parish office at 421-6702 ext. 1 or via email. We welcome new scarves, mittens, hats and socks, as well as personal hygiene products such as soaps and toothbrushes. For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you welcomed me… Matthew 25:35

Society of Mary – meets this Saturday, January 5, beginning with Holy Rosary following the 10 am Mass and a brief meeting (for coffee and bagels) to follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited. 

Stewardship Program – We are pleased to report that as of Wednesday, December 26th, we have received 47 pledges for 2019 totaling $101,074 (including nine new individuals / households whose pledges total $14,770). This brings us to approximately 96 per cent of our goal of $105,000. Thank you to all who have pledged! If you have not already done so, now is the time! We are grateful for all pledges received, no matter how large or small. Please consider prayerfully what you can offer; our parish is counting on our support and generosity. 

Rector’s Book Group – will begin on Sunday 13 January (and not on 6 January as previously announced). The format will be an online discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (1945)— a satiric fantasy novel of a bus ride in the Afterlife. If you would like to participate - or if you'd like to find out more about what's involved – please email Fr. John so he can include you in the distribution of necessary information on how to join the discussion. (For an excellent report on the previous book group that met this past summer and autumn, see the article by J. Jennifer Jones in the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany issue of The S. Stephen.) 

Support S. Stephen’s on Amazon.Com – If you shop on Amazon through its AmazonSmile Program, you can designate 0.5% of your purchases to go to S. Stephen’s! All you need to do is visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/05-0271657, sign into your Amazon account, and confirm S. Stephen’s Church as your charity of choice (you can always switch back and forth between charities that you would like to support). This is a great opportunity to support your parish as you do your shopping throughout the year. Please be on the lookout for a resource list of additional micro-donation programs to be able to donate to the church and its ministries on a regular basis, typically without even having to lift a finger after set-up.

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have so far agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27, 2019: 


· One Vestry Member, four-year term (expires January 2023) – TBA
· One Vestry Member, two-year term (expires January 2021) – TBA  
· Junior Warden, three year term (expires January 2022) – Alison Huff (to be elected by Vestry)
· Clerk (one-year term) – Molly Bledsoe Ellis
· Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers 
· Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term) – Francesco Pisaturo, Jacob Ihnen
· Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term) – TBA  

The Nominations Committee consists of: Tom Bledsoe (Chair), Phoebe Pettingell, Bobby Rose, Robyn Noble, and Karl Benziger. Please speak to any of them if you have suggestions for nominations, or indeed if you would be interested in offering yourself for one of these offices. 

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Philip Noble (Saturday 1/5). 

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Nancy Jean Donaldson Pettingell (2 January 2010). 

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Kyushu - (Japan): The Rt. Rev’d Luke Ken-ichi Muto; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for all the clergy and people of our Diocese. 

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, Thurifer F Pisaturo, Crucifer L Verdelotti
Lector – P Pettingell 
Ushers – Chris Martel and Joy D’Ambra 
Coffee Hour – Jacob Ihnen

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS 

Tuesday 1 January 
New Year’s Day Dinner for the Hungry  12 noon-1:30 pm (Great Hall) 

Saturday 5 January 
Society of Mary  10:30 am (Lady Chapel/Great Hall) 

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S 

Saturday 5 January 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall) 

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE 

30 December 
SAINT STEPHEN, DEACON AND PROTOMARTYR (Transferred) (R) 
Morning Prayer  8 am 
Low Mass  8:10 am 
Sung Mass  10 am 

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Christmastide, Year One 

Monday 31 December 
Proper for December 31 (W) 
Sylvester, Bishop of Rome, 335 
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm 
Low Mass  6 pm 

Tuesday 1 January 
HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W) 
(THE CIRCUMCISION) 
Sung Mass  10 am 

Wednesday 2 January 
Proper for January 2 (W) 
Seraphim of Sarov, Monk, Spiritual Guide, 1833 
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm 
Low Mass  6 pm 

Thursday 3 January
Proper for January 3 (W) 
Noonday Prayer  12 noon 
Low Mass  12:10 pm 

Friday 4 January 
Proper for January 4 (W) 
Elizabeth Ann Seton, Founder of the American Sisters of Charity, 1821 
Noonday Prayer  12 noon 
Low Mass  12:10 pm 

Saturday 5 January 
Proper for January 5 (W) 
Morning Prayer  9:30 am 
Low Mass  10 am 
Holy Rosary  10:30 am 

6 January 
THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W) 
Morning Prayer  8 am 
Low Mass  8:10 am 
Solemn Mass  10 am 

FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME READINGS (1 January, 10 am)
Exodus 34:1-8
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 2:15-21



NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (6 January)
The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 23 December 2018

The Visitation of Saint Mary to Saint Elizabeth. c. 1460. Kremsmünster Abbey, Kremsmünster, Austria.

FROM THE RECTOR

Advent anticipation intensifies this Sunday with the Gospel of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Visitation to Saint Elizabeth (an episode teeming with Old Testament allusions to be explored in the sermon). Six months miraculously pregnant with the future John the Baptist, Elizabeth asks Mary, “Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” The unborn Baptist leaps in Elizabeth’s womb at the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb. Mary sings her song of praise, the Magnificat, and then remains with Elizabeth three months. This Sunday rounds off our Advent preparation for the Christmas Feast. Come join us as we celebrate this great mystery; and please stay following the 10 am Mass to help decorate the church for Christmas! – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)—Missa super Dixit Maria

Robert Parsons (1535-1572)Ave Maria

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C 
Psalm 80:1-7 
Micah 5:2-5a 
Hebrews 10:5-10 
Luke 1:39-45(46-56)

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.

Schedule of Christmas Services – Christmas Eve: (Monday, 24 December) Christmas Eve Family Mass - 5:30 pm; Solemn Mass of the Nativity - 10:30 pm. Christmas Day: (Tuesday, 25 December) Morning Prayer 9:30 am, Low Mass 10 am. (Please note that on Christmas Eve (Monday) Evening Prayer will not be offered at the usual time.)

Christmas Decorating – This year we hope to engage a group of volunteers to decorate the church after the 10 am Mass for Advent IV (today), in order to have the church decorated for the Blue Heron Concert later that day. If you are interested in joining in this festive tradition, including a pizza lunch, simply stay after the Mass.

Blue Heron Concert: Christmas in 15th-Century France & Burgundy – This afternoon, December 23rd, treat yourself to luxurious sounds of the 15th century. Blue Heron, the 2018 Winners of the Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, bring a captivating mix of mysticism and merriment, from the penitential season of Advent through Christmas rejoicing and the festive celebration of New Year’s Day, with music by the greatest French and Flemish musicians of the fifteenth century—Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Regis, Josquin Desprez, Jacob Obrecht, Antoine Brumel, and others. Doors open at 3:30 pm. For ticket pricing and more information, please visit http://www.blueheron.org/.

Stewardship Program – We are pleased to report that as of Monday, December 17th, we have received 44 pledges for 2019 totaling $94,474 (including seven new individuals / households whose pledges total $13,670). Thank you to all who have pledged so far! If you have not already pledged, you may have received an email and / or a hard-copy letter this week inviting you to do so. Now is the time! We are grateful for all pledges received, no matter how large or small. Please consider prayerfully what you can offer; your parish is counting on your support and generosity.

The Advent-Christmas-Epiphany Issue of The S. Stephen – has been mailed in hard copy and is available online for viewing and downloading here. If you are not on the mailing list for The S. Stephen and would like to be, please let us know!

Rector’s Book Group – Beginning on Sunday 6 January 2019 (the Feast of the Epiphany) at 7 pm, Fr. John Alexander will lead an online discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (1945)— a satiric fantasy novel of a bus ride in the Afterlife. If you would like to participate - or if you'd like to find out more about what's involved – please email Fr. John so he can include you in the distribution of necessary information on how to join the discussion. (For an excellent report on the previous book group that met this past summer and autumn, see the article by J. Jennifer Jones in the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany issue of The S. Stephen.)

Support S. Stephen’s on Smile.Amazon.Com – If you shop on Amazon through its AmazonSmile Program, you can designate 0.5% of your purchases to go to S. Stephen’s! All you need to do is visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/05-0271657, sign into your Amazon account, and confirm S. Stephen’s Church as your charity of choice (you can always switch back and forth between charities that you would like to support). This is a great opportunity to support your parish as you do your shopping for Christmas and throughout the year. Please be on the lookout for a resource list of additional micro-donation programs to be able to donate to the church and its ministries on a regular basis, typically without even having to lift a finger after set-up.

Nominations Committee – candidates for the following positions need to be elected at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27, 2019:

· One Vestry Member for a four-year term (expires January 2023)
· One Vestry Member for a two-year term (expires January 2021)
· Junior Warden (three year term; expires January 2022)
· Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term)
· Treasurer (one-year term)
· Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term)
· Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term)

The Nominations Committee consists of: Tom Bledsoe (Chair), Phoebe Pettingell, Bobby Rose, Robyn Noble, and Karl Benziger. Please speak to any of them if you have suggestions for nominations, or indeed if you would be interested in offering yourself for one of these offices. (Their deadline to announce a slate of candidates is Sunday 30 December.)

Feast of the Holy Name – On Tuesday 1 January 2019, we shall keep the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus with a Sung Mass at 10 am in conjunction with St. John’s, Newport, whose parishioners have been invited to join us and stay to help out with the New Year’s Day Dinner (see announcement below). Do please plan to begin the New Year by coming to Mass to join in the celebration of this Principal Feast of the Church Year!

New Year’s Day Dinner – Once again we will offer our annual New Year’s Day Dinner for the Hungry, on Tuesday 1 January 2019. If you can help, please contact coordinator Bobby Rose via email, or contact the parish office at 421-6702 ext. 1 or via email. We welcome new scarves, mittens, hats and socks, as well as personal hygiene products such as soaps and toothbrushes. For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you welcomed me… Matthew 25:35



FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

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

Birthdays this week: Katherine Rejto (Thursday 12/27).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: George Wightman Williams (24 December 2004), Frances S. Sloan (26 December 1993), Mary Gowdey (27 December 1992), Albert E. Godfrey (27 December 1993), John Seville Higgins (Bishop) (28 December 1992), and Detlev Schumann (29 December 1986). Recently Departed: Dorothy Rogers.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Kubwa - ( Abuja, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Duke Akamisoko; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of S. Stephen's, Providence and of St. John’s, Barrington and of St. John the Evangelist, Newport and of the Chapel of St. John the Divine, Saunderstown.



THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo, SD J Ihnen, Thurifer L Verdelotti, Crucifer D Malo, Torches C Sylvia and R Noble
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – Tom Oakes and Nancy Gingrich
Ushers for Christmas Eve – 5:30 TBD, 10:30 George Ryan and Phoebe Pettingell
Coffee Hour – No Coffee Hour (decorating church; pizza and soda will be provided for volunteers)



THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Sunday 23 December
Blue Heron Concert  4:00 pm (Nave)

Saturday 29 December
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

23 December
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Sarum Blue)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Week of Advent IV, Year One

Monday 24 December
CHRISTMAS EVE (W)
Christmas Eve Family Mass  5:30 pm
Solemn Mass of the Nativity  10:30 pm

Tuesday 25 December
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Wednesday 26 December
SAINT STEPHEN, DEACON AND PROTOMARTYR (R)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 27 December
SAINT JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 28 December
THE HOLY INNOCENTS (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 29 December
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170 (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

30 December
SAINT STEPHEN, DEACON AND PROTOMARTYR (Transferred) (R)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Sung Mass  10 am

SOLEMN MASS OF THE NATIVITY READINGS (24 December, 10:30 pm) 

Isaiah 62:6-12
Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:8-20

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (30 December)

Saint Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr (Transferred)
Psalm 31:1-5
Jeremiah 26:1-9, 12-15
Acts 6:8--7:2a, 51c-60, 8:1-2
Matthew 23:34-39

The Visitation of Saint Mary to Saint Elizabeth (Detail). c. 1460. Kremsmünster Abbey, Kremsmünster, Austria.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 16 December 2018

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, John the Baptist Preaching (c. 1601-1604). National Museum Kraków, Poland

FROM THE RECTOR

So with many other exhortations, [John the Baptist] preached good news to the people” (St. Luke 3:18). The paradox of Advent is that all its warnings to repent in preparation for divine judgment are nonetheless “good news.” Once we experience that paradox as cause for rejoicing and celebration, we begin to “get” what Advent is all about. This Sunday the Church lightens the mood a bit with rose vestments that emphasize the anticipatory joy of the season. Come join us so that we may all rejoice together! – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)—Missa Ecce ego Joannis

Giaches de Wert (1535-1596)Gaudete in Domino

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday, Year C
Canticle 9
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

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.

Saint Thomas the Apostle (December 21st) – a major feast of the church year will be kept this Friday with Noonday Prayer at 12 noon, and Low Mass following at 12:10 pm.

Stewardship Program – We are pleased to report that as of Tuesday, December 11th, we have received 39 pledges for 2019 totaling $89,874 (including six new individuals / households whose pledges total $12,670). Thank you to all who have pledged so far! This is excellent progress, but we are still waiting to hear from a number whose pledges we are counting on. If you have not submitted a pledge in hard copy or online (at www.sstephens.org/donate), please do so! We are grateful for all pledges received, no matter how large or small. Please consider prayerfully what you can offer; your parish is counting on your support and generosity. 


The Advent-Christmas-Epiphany Issue of The S. Stephen – has been mailed in hard copy and is available online for viewing and downloading here. If you are not on the mailing list for The S. Stephen and would like to be, please let us know!

Rector’s Book Group – Beginning on Sunday 6 January 2019 (the Feast of the Epiphany) at 7 pm, Fr. John Alexander will lead an online discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (1945)— a satiric fantasy novel on a bus ride in the Afterlife. If you would like to participate - or if you'd like to find out more about what's involved – please email Fr. John so he can include you in the distribution of necessary information on how to join the discussion. (For an excellent report on the previous book group that met this past summer and autumn, see the article by J. Jennifer Jones in the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany issue of The S. Stephen.)


Christmas Flower Offering – If you would like to make a Christmas offering of flowers to the church in thanksgiving or in memoriam, please fill out the envelope included with today’s Kalendar, and put it in the offering plate or bring it to the parish office no later than today, Sunday December 16th.

Support S. Stephen’s on Smile.Amazon.Com – If you shop on Amazon through its AmazonSmile Program, you can designate 0.5% of your purchases to go to S. Stephen’s! All you need to do is visit our distinct giving link at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/05-0271657, sign into your Amazon account, and confirm S. Stephen’s Church as your charity of choice (you can always switch back and forth between charities that you would like to support). This is a great opportunity to support your parish as you do your shopping for Christmas and throughout the year. Please be on the lookout for a resource list of additional micro-donation programs to be able to donate to the church and its ministries on a regular basis, typically without even having to lift a finger after set-up.

Christmas Decorating – This year we hope to engage a group of volunteers to decorate the church after the 10 am Mass for Advent IV (Sunday 23 December), in order to have the church decorated for the Blue Heron Concert later that day. If you are interested in joining in this festive tradition, including a pizza lunch, please contact the parish office via email, or phone at 421-6702, ext. 1.

Blue Heron Concert: Christmas in 15th-Century France & Burgundy – This December 23rd, treat yourself to an early evening of the luxurious sounds of the 15th century. Blue Heron, the 2018 Winners of the Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, bring a captivating mix of mysticism and merriment, from the penitential season of Advent through Christmas rejoicing and the festive celebration of New Year’s Day, with music by the greatest French and Flemish musicians of the fifteenth century—Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Regis, Josquin Desprez, Jacob Obrecht, Antoine Brumel, and others. Doors open at 3:30 pm. For ticket pricing and more information, please visit http://www.blueheron.org/.

Schedule of Christmas Services – Christmas Eve: (Monday, 24 December) Christmas Eve Family Mass - 5:30 pm; Solemn Mass of the Nativity - 10:30 pm. Christmas Day: (Tuesday, 25 December) Morning Prayer 9:30 am, Low Mass 10 am. (Please note that on Christmas Eve (Monday) Evening Prayer will not be offered at the usual time.)

Nominations Committee – candidates for the following positions need to be elected at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27, 2019:

  • One Vestry Member for a four-year term (expires January 2023) 
  • One Vestry Member for a two-year term (expires January 2021 
  • Junior Warden (three year term; expires January 2022) 
  • Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) 
  • Treasurer (one-year term) 
  • Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term) 
  • Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term) 
The Nominations Committee consists of: Tom Bledsoe (Chair), Phoebe Pettingell, Bobby Rose, Robyn Noble, and Karl Benziger. Please speak to any of them if you have suggestions for nominations, or indeed if you would be interested in offering yourself for one of these offices. (Their deadline to announce a slate of candidates is Sunday 30 December.)

Feast of the Holy Name – On Tuesday 1 January 2019, we shall keep the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus with a Sung Mass at 10 am in conjunction with St. John’s, Newport, whose parishioners have been invited to join us and stay to help out with the New Year’s Day Dinner (see announcement below). Do please plan to begin the New Year by coming to Mass to join in the celebration of this Principal Feast of the Church Year!

New Year’s Day Dinner – Once again we will offer our annual New Year’s Day Dinner for the Hungry, on Tuesday 1 January 2019. If you can help, please contact coordinator Bobby Rose via email, or contact the parish office at 421-6702 ext. 1 or via email. We welcome new scarves, mittens, hats and socks, as well as personal hygiene products such as soaps and toothbrushes. For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you welcomed me… Matthew 25:35


FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

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

Birthdays this week: Louise Wells (Monday 12/17).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Constance Margaret Maxwell (17 December 1986), Dorothy Denison Dunlap (17 December 1986), and Kathleen Herbert Congdon (22 December 2005). Recently Departed: Dorothy Rogers.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Kivu - (Rwanda): The Rt. Rev’d Augustin Ahimana; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Thomas, Greenville and of St. Thomas, Alton.



THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD F Pisaturo, Thurifer R Noble, Crucifer D Malo, Torches G Benziger and C Sylvia
Lector – A Campbell
Ushers – Rhoda Steinhart and Phoebe Pettingell
Coffee Hour – Nancy Gingrich, Tom Oakes, and Louis Verdelotti



THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 22 December
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

16 December
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: Gaudete Sunday (Rose)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionaries: Week of Advent III, Year One

Monday 17 December
O Sapientia (V)
Raising of Lazarus
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm 

Tuesday 18 December
Tuesday in Advent III (V)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 19 December
Wednesday in Advent III (V)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 20 December
Thursday in Advent III (V)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 21 December
SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 22 December
Saturday in Advent III (V)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

23 December
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Sarum Blue)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (23 December)

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C
Psalm 80:1-7
Micah 5:2-5a
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45(46-56)

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, John the Baptist Preaching (detail) (c. 1601-1604). National Museum Kraków, Poland