Friday, January 24, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 26 January 2020

The Calling of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew (c. 1886/1894) by James Tissot (1836-1902). Gouache over graphite on gray wove paper. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

César Franck (1822–1890)—Cantabile

William Walton (1902–1983)—Missa Brevis

Highmore Skeats, Jr. (1787–1831)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 139:1-11

Harold W. Friedell (1905–1958)—King of glory, King of peace

Eugène Gigout (1844–1925)—Toccata

A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Society of Mary – meets next Saturday, 1 February, 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.

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) resumes its meetings this Sunday, 26 January, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer, followed by a meal. All are most welcome and invited!

Annual Meeting Luncheon – As always, we are planning a meal to accompany this important gathering immediately following the 10 am Mass next Sunday, 2 February 2020. We need 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 email Joy D’Ambra, luncheon coordinator, at JoyLDAmbra@gmail.com to let her know how you can help. Thank you to Joy D’Ambra and Leana Latimer for serving as luncheon coordinators, and thank you to those who have already signed up (and will sign up)!

Annual Meeting – The 182nd Annual Meeting of the parish will take place on 2 February 2020. All are welcome and invited to attend, although only active adult parishioners in good standing may vote. (If you have questions about your status as a parishioner, please ask Jacob Ihnen. According to the canons of the Episcopal Church adults are 16 years old and older.) If you are the chair of a committee or in charge of a ministry, please submit your reports for the prior year to Jacob Ihnen at communications@sstephens.necoxmail.com as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have already submitted their reports.

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on 2 February 2020:
  • One Vestry Member for a one-year term (expires 2021)-Lynne deBenedette 
  • Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) – Molly Ellis
  • Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
  • Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term)-Jacob Ihnen, Rhoda Steinhart
  • Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term)-Richard Noble, Cathy Bledsoe
The Nominations Committee consists of: Alison Huff (Chair), Karl Benziger, Joy D’Ambra, Louise Wells, Bobby Rose, and Molly Ellis. 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: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

Birthdays this week: Tom Bledsoe (Thursday 1/30) and Nathan Callanan (Saturday 2/1).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Sterling C. Poitier (28 January 1996), Doris Christine Smith (28 January 2019), Armando L. Bustamante (29 January 2014), Florence Matilda Colvin (30 January 1994), Anna Waterman Jackson McCoy (30 January 1985), and Ronald Parks Conner, Priest (30 January 2011). Recently Departed: Sharon Steinbach Shaub.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil: The Most Rev’d Naudal Alves Gomes, Primate of Brazil & Bishop of Curitiba; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the Center for Reconciliation and all who seek to be reconcilers in our state, nation and world.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC C Bledsoe, SD R Noble, Th J Starks, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – S Bartlett
Lector at 10 am – K Lester
Ushers – Tom Bledsoe and Sharon Lloyd Clark
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Saturday 1 February
Society of Mary  10:30 am (Lady Chapel/Great Hall)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 28 January
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 1 February
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 26 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

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Week of Epiphany III, Year Two

Monday 27 January
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 28 January
Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor, 1274 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 29 January
FERIA (G)
Andrei Rublev, Monk and Iconographer, 1430
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 30 January
Charles, King and Martyr, 1649 (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

Friday 31 January
John Bosco, Founder of the Salesians, 1888 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 1 February
Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, 523 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am
Holy Rosary  10:30 am

Sunday 2 February
CANDLEMAS: THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (
W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (2 February)

Candlemas (Year A)
Malachi 3:1-4
Hebrews 2:14-18 

Friday, January 17, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 19 January 2020

Agnus Dei (c. 1635/1640) by Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664). San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Samuel Barber (1910–1981)—Wondrous Love (Variations on a Shape Note Hymn)

Jean Langlais (1907–1991)—Missa in simplicitate

Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814–1856)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 40:1-10


William Cutter (b. 1956)—Little Lamb

Leo Sowerby (1895–1968)—Toccata

A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.


ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (January 15th) – will be observed on Monday 20 January this year and will follow the public holiday schedule with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass following at 10 am.

The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle (January 25th) – a major feast of the church year will be kept next Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass following at 10 am.

Welcome back – to the Brown University students who are returning this weekend for the Spring Semester!

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will begin its Spring Semester meetings next Sunday, 26 January, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer, followed by a meal. All are most welcome and invited!

Annual Meeting Luncheon – As always, we are planning a meal to accompany this important gathering immediately following the 10 am Mass on Sunday 2 February 2020. We need 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 email Joy D’Ambra, luncheon coordinator, at JoyLDAmbra@gmail.com to let her know how you can help. 
Thank you to Joy D’Ambra and Leana Latimer for serving as luncheon coordinators, and thank you in advance for what you can do!

Annual Meeting – The 182nd Annual Meeting of the parish will take place on 2 February 2020. All are welcome and invited to attend, although only active adult parishioners in good standing may vote. (If you have questions about your status as a parishioner, please ask Jacob Ihnen. According to the canons of the Episcopal Church adults are 16 years old and older.) If you are the chair of a committee or in charge of a ministry, please submit your reports for the prior year to Jacob Ihnen at communications@sstephens.necoxmail.com. Thank you!

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on 2 February 2020:

  • One Vestry Member for a one-year term (expires 2021)-Lynne deBenedette
  • Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) – Molly Ellis
  • Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
  • Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term)-Jacob Ihnen, Rhoda Steinhart
  • Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term)-Richard Noble, Cathy Bledsoe
The Nominations Committee consists of: Alison Huff (Chair), Karl Benziger, Joy D’Ambra, Louise Wells, Bobby Rose, and Molly Ellis. 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: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

Birthdays this week: Danielle Latimer (Wednesday 1/22) and Gary Sturni (Friday 1/24).

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: Wayne Zoutendam and Sharon Steinbach Shaub.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the United Church of Bangladesh: The Most Rev’d Samuel Sunil Mankhin, Moderator, Church of Bangladesh & Bishop of Kushtia; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Paul's, North Kingstown; St. Paul's, Pawtucket; and St. Paul's, Portsmouth.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD B Rose, Th L Verdelotti, Cr J Coyle
Lector at 8 am – J Malone
Lector at 10 am – T Bledsoe
Ushers – George Ryan and Nancy Gingrich
Coffee Hour – Jennifer and Gregory DePardo

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 21 January
Budget Meeting  6:30 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 21 January
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 25 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 19 January
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Week of Epiphany II, Year Two

Monday 20 January
FERIA (G)
Fabian, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, 250, and Sebastian, Martyr at Rome, c. 288
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Tuesday 21 January
Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304 (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 22 January
Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa and Martyr, 250 (R)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 23 January
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

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

Saturday 25 January
THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 26 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 (26 January)

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 

Friday, January 10, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 12 January 2020

The Baptism of Christ (c. 1508/1519) by Juan de Flandes (1450-1519).
Oil on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

First Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

J. S. Bach (1685–1750)—Praeludium in B minor, BWV 544

Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652)—Missa Che fa oggi il mio sol

Richard Massey (1798–1893)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 89:21-30

Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)—O nata lux

J. S. Bach—Fuga in B minor, BWV 544

A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

My S. Stephen’s Ministry: Peter GibsonI’ve been part of S. Stephen’s since 1977 when I was hired to sing as a soloist at Christmas Midnight Mass, and later as Cantor. I’ve also served as a vestryman and as Assistant Treasurer. Singing in choir, though is my main ministry. But I have to confess, even in my forty-third year as a choirman, that S. Stephen’s has ministered more to me than I to her. When I first began, I was a terrible scoffer: a godless mercenary here only for the music and the money. A wonderful thing happened, though: try as I might to resist, the Holy Spirit was able to grab hold of me because of this place, and I was given the gift of faith restored.
 
Peter Gibson

Milestone: Randall Family – Alissa and Grant Randall welcomed Juniper Lucia Randall into the world at 4 pm on 13 December. She was born 7 lbs 2 oz in perfect health with an ideal delivery. Her family is happy to have her, a Christmas joy, at home warming our hearts and arms in the harsh winter. Her brother Elliott is adjusting to being a new big brother; any time you see him, feel free to encourage him and give a few pointers. The family thanks S. Stephen's for being a rock of support as they take on this new challenge. Please join us in welcoming Juniper to the church family!

Juniper
Juniper and Elliott

Milestone: Andrew Campbell – Parishioner Andrew Campbell, Dean of the Graduate School at Brown University, was recently selected to serve as the future chair of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools. The full News from Brown article can be found here. Please join us in congratulating Andrew on his professional accomplishment!

Vestry Meeting – The Vestry will conduct its monthly meeting this coming Tuesday, 14 January, at 7 pm in the Parish Library.

The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle (January 18th) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated next Saturday, 18 January, with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10 am.

Monthly Commemoration of the Departed – whose year’s mind falls during January will be offered next Saturday, 18 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 Nancy Gingrich know. This Mass is sponsored by the Guild of All Souls, St. Stephen Protomartyr Branch: all are welcome and invited to attend!

Annual Meeting – The 182nd Annual Meeting of the parish will take place on 2 February 2020. All are welcome and invited to attend, although only active adult parishioners in good standing may vote. (If you have questions about your status as a parishioner, please ask Jacob Ihnen. According to the canons of the Episcopal Church adults are 16 years old and older.) If you are the chair of a committee or in charge of a ministry, please submit your reports for the prior year to Jacob Ihnen at communications@sstephens.necoxmail.com. Thank you!

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on 2 February 2020: 

  • One Vestry Member for a one-year term (expires 2021)-Lynne deBenedette 
  • Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) – Molly Ellis
  • Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
  • Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term)-Jacob Ihnen, Rhoda Steinhart
  • Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term)-Richard Noble, Cathy Bledsoe
The Nominations Committee consists of: Alison Huff (Chair), Karl Benziger, Joy D’Ambra, Louise Wells, Bobby Rose, and Molly Ellis. 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: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

Birthdays this week: Jason Connell (Monday 1/13).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Harry Johnson (12 January 2007), Mary Ann Wiggins (12 January 2013), and Florence T. Bustamante (14 January 2019). Recently Departed: Wayne Zoutendam.

Prayer for the Rector Search: Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, mercifully hear the supplications of thy servants, and grant unto this parish all things that are needful for its spiritual welfare. Enlighten and guide our search for a priest to serve as our rector, and bring all of us to be of one heart and mind within the fold of thy holy church, to the honor and glory of thy Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 newly baptized, and for all who share in the Baptism of our Lord.

We pray with our brothers and sisters in Australia: Lord of all days and years, and time and eternity, you made this land and have blessed us with its riches and beauty. You are a refuge to all who seek your shelter, our strong defense in trial and tribulation. Send rain we pray to extinguish flames and heal our land. Mercifully protect life and property. Give help and hope to our neighbors assailed by fire. Comfort and provide for those who grieve. Uphold those who suffer loss, give peace and hope to those bewildered and broken-hearted. We thank you for men and women of courage and selflessness. We thank you for brave communities of care and support, we thank you for those who share your comfort and hope, we thank you for those at a distance giving and praying. Lord, you sent your Son so that we would know your power to save, your presence with your people in this world of turmoil, and your promise to renew the whole creation. Turn our hearts to you, that we may have faith for this day and hope for eternity. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen. (A prayer written by the Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral: The Very Reverend Kanishka Raffel)

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC R Noble, SD J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr L Verdelotti
Lector at 8 am – J Leonard
Lector at 10 am – J Steiny
Ushers – Alison Huff and Patricia Barnes
Coffee Hour – Karl and Klara Benziger

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 14 January
Vestry Meeting  7 pm (Library)

Saturday 18 January
Guild of All Souls  10 am (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 14 January
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 18 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 12 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

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Week of Epiphany I, Year Two

Monday 13 January
Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367 (W)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 14 January
FERIA (G)
Kentigern (Mungo), Bishop, Missionary in Galloway, Founder of Glasgow, 612
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 15 January
FERIA (G)
Paul of Thebes, First Hermit, c. 345
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 16 January
FERIA (G)
Richard Meux Benson, Monk, Founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 1915
Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

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

Saturday 18 January
THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass with Commemoration of January Departed  10 am

Sunday 19 January
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (19 January)

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 5 January 2020

Epiphany by Master of Paul and Barnabas Active in Antwerp (c. 1530-1540).
Oil on wood. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

The Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)—Prélude sur l'introït de l'Epiphanie

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)—Missa Brevis in D, Op. 63

William Turton (1652–1740)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 72:1-2, 10-17

Johann Hermann Schein (1586–1630)—Verbum caro factum est

Maurice Duruflé—
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des heures de la Cathédral de Soissons

A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.


ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Welcome back – to the Schola Cantorum this Sunday after their recess last Sunday!

Christmas Poinsettias – As this Sunday marks the end of Christmastide, please feel free to take some poinsettias home or to a shut-in you know. They are located around the baptismal font and in the library. Thank you!

Society of Mary – meets next Saturday, 11 January (note change from calendar), 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. 


Annual Meeting – The 182nd Annual Meeting of the parish will take place on 2 February 2020. All are welcome and invited to attend, although only active adult parishioners in good standing may vote. (If you have questions about your status as a parishioner, please ask Jacob Ihnen. According to the canons of the Episcopal Church adults are 16 years old and older.) If you are the chair of a committee or in charge of a ministry, please submit your reports for the prior year to Jacob Ihnen at communications@sstephens.necoxmail.com. Thank you!

Nominations Committee – The following is the list of candidates who have agreed to be nominated for election at the Annual Parish Meeting on 2 February 2020:

  • One Vestry Member for a one-year term (expires 2021)-Lynne deBenedette
  • Clerk of the Vestry (one-year term) – Molly Ellis
  • Treasurer (one-year term) – Muriel Jobbers
  • Two Diocesan Convention Delegates (one-year term)-Jacob Ihnen, Rhoda Steinhart
  • Two Diocesan Convention Alternates (one-year term)-Richard Noble, Cathy Bledsoe
The Nominations Committee consists of: Alison Huff (Chair), Karl Benziger, Joy D’Ambra, Louise Wells, Bobby Rose, and Molly Ellis. 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: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

Birthdays this week: Philip Noble (Sunday 1/5), Katherine Hayslip (Monday 1/6), and Joan Gordon (Saturday 1/11).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Marian Dunlop (6 January 2000), Chester Arthur Files, Jr. (8 January 2013), John Frances Hall (9 January 1990), Margaret Ethel Worthington (10 January 1991), Elizabeth Ann Baronie (10 January 2009), and Gary Paul Eckhardt (11 January 2015).

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; The Most Rev’d Fereimi Cama, Bishop of Polynesia and Primate; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of The Church of the Epiphany, Rumford.


THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD R Noble, Th L Verdelotti
Lector at 8 am – J Leonard
Lector at 10 am – RG Noble
Ushers – George Ryan and Julia Steiny
Coffee Hour – Cathy and Tom Bledsoe

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Saturday 11 January
Society of Mary  10:30 am (Lady Chapel/Great Hall)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 7 January
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 11 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 5 January
THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (anticipated) (W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Epiphanytide, Year Two

Monday 6 January
THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 7 January
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer   12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 8 January
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 9 January
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

Friday 10 January
FERIA (G)
William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1645
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 11 January
FERIA (G)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am
Holy Rosary  10:30 am

Sunday 12 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 (12 January)

First Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43 

Friday, December 27, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 29 December 2019

The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-1682)
by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). Oil on canvas.
The National Gallery, London, England.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

First Sunday after Christmas (Year A)
Isaiah 61:10—62:3
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Otto Olsson (1879–1964)—Jul

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

Max Reger (1873–1916)—Fuge über den Choral "Wie schön leucht' uns der Morgenstern"

A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.


ANNOUNCEMENTS 

My S. Stephen’s Ministry: Julia SteinyKaren Vorbeck and I came to S. Stephen’s together in the summer of 1983, and with some lapses, have never really left. In good times and bad (both mine and S. Stephen's), I come for the Liturgy which has quieted my ruminations and brought Godly light into my often-messy life. Only church records would remind me how long I’ve been a lector or an usher, or when it was that I served on the vestry. While my kids were little and I still ironed during unavoidable TV commercials, I served on the Altar Guild. I directed the Children’s Pageant for at least 20 years, probably more, and hope to be helpful with that mission in future. I help with Stewardship now. Most importantly, I’m thrilled about our collective prospects for this place I love. If you are interested in any of the ministries I mentioned above, please contact me via email at juliasteiny@gmail.com.

Julia Steiny

Milestones – The wonder of Holy Baptism: Incorporated as members of Christ, adopted as children of his Father and brothers and sisters in his family, and given the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven through the Sacrament of New Birth, on 22 December were Bradin Paul Anderson sponsored by Nancy Gingrich, Ryder Malone Mims and Olive Madry Mims, both sponsored by Ian Stewart Drew and Jennie Isabella Nestlerode.

The Naming and Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ (January 1st) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated next Wednesday, 1 January, with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10 am.

The Annual New Year's Day Dinner – will be held on Wednesday, 1 January, in the Great Hall. If you have not yet volunteered to help, please consider doing so as soon as possible. To sign up to help with the dinner, please click here. The committee is also seeking monetary donations to offset the cost of the food. Checks can be mailed to S. Stephen’s (Attn: John McGlashan); please put "New Year's Day Dinner" in the memo line. Thank you for your support of this important ministry and outreach to the greater Providence area!

Socks, hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries – We would like to offer these items to guests at the New Year’s Day Dinner again this year. There is a bin on the piano to deposit such items at Coffee Hour. If you would like to contribute, please bring items to the church before (or, if needed, on the morning of) the dinner on January 1st.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Detlev Schumann (29 December 1986), Laurie Palmer Thissell (29 December 2015), and 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 Dioceses of Gahini (Rwanda): The Rt. Rev’d Alexis Bilindabagabo, Gahini (Rwanda): The Rt. Rev’d Manasseh Gahima, and Gambia (West Africa): The Rt. Rev’d James Allen Yaw Odico; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for all the clergy and people of our Diocese.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr L Verdelotti
Lector at 8 am – J Malone
Lector at 10 am – C Bledsoe
Ushers – Nancy Gingrich and Patricia Barnes
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Wednesday 1 January
New Year’s Day Dinner for the Hungry  12 noon (Great Hall)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 31 December
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 4 January
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 29 December
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS (Gold)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Mass with Hymns  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Christmastide, Year Two

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

Tuesday 31 December
Proper for 31 December (W)
Sylvester, Bishop of Rome, 335
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 1 January
THE NAMING AND CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Thursday 2 January
Proper for 2 January (W)
Seraphim of Sarov, Monk, Spiritual Guide, 1833
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

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

Saturday 4 January
Proper for 4 January (W)
Elizabeth Ann Seton, Founder of the American Sisters of Charity, 1821
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 5 January
THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (anticipated) (W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (5 January)

The Epiphany (Year A)
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 22 December 2019

Joseph’s Dream (c. 1620-1630) by Daniele Crespi (1598-1630).
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Jean-Adam Guislain (1680–1739)—Suite du premier ton sur le Magnificat: 1. Plein jeu, 2. Duo, 3. Trio, 4. Recit

Francisco de Peñalosa (1470–1528)—Missa Ave Maria

Matthew Camidge (1758–1844)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 80:1-7
Jesse Antin (b. 1977)—The Annunciation

Jean-Adam Guislain—Suite du premier ton sur le Magnificat: 7. Dialogue

A WORD OF WELCOME

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

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

Christmas Decorations – We hope to engage a group of volunteers to decorate the church after the 10 am Solemn Mass for Advent IV (Sunday 22 December), in order to have the church decorated in advance of Christmas Eve services. If you are interested in joining in this festive tradition, including a pizza lunch, please contact Altar Guild Director Cathy Bledsoe via email, or phone at (401) 500-2263, or simply stick around after the Mass. Thank you!

Christmas Eve Family Mass Participation – The Sunday School will present a Nativity play at the Family Mass at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, 24 December. Please let Modu Johnson know via email if your children would like to participate.

The Annual New Year's Day Dinner – will be held on Wednesday, 1 January, in the Great Hall. It is never too early to commit to volunteer. To sign up to help with the dinner, please click here. The committee is also seeking monetary donations to offset the cost of the food. Checks can be mailed to S. Stephen’s (Attn: John McGlashan); please put "New Year's Day Dinner" in the memo line. Please consider helping with this important ministry and outreach to the great Providence area!

Socks, hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries – We would like to offer these items to guests at the New Year’s Day Dinner again this year. There is a bin on the piano to deposit such items at Coffee Hour. If you would like to contribute, please bring items to the church before (or, if needed, on the morning of) the dinner on January 1st.

Milestones – We would like to feature important milestones from your life, to better get to know each other! Whether it be a special wedding anniversary, a new book you have authored and had published, an award or professional commendation, or something else entirely, please let us know. If you would like to contribute to this new section of the parish notes, please contact Jacob Ihnen via email.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

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

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Kathleen Herbert Congdon (22 December 2005), Julia Blackwood (22 December 1996), George Wightman Williams (24 December 2004), Frances S. Sloan (26 December 1993), Mary Gowdey (27 December 1992), Albert E. Godfrey (27 December 1993), and John Seville Higgins, Bishop (28 December 1992).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement: His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome; His All Holiness Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch; The Rev’d Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches; Bishop Ivan M Abrahams, General Secretary World Methodist Council; The Reverend Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of S. Stephen's, Providence; St. John’s, Barrington; St. John the Evangelist, Newport; and the Chapel of St. John the Divine, Saunderstown.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – Cr L Verdelotti
Lector at 8 am – S Bartlett
Lector at 10 am – TBD
Ushers – Alison Huff and Sharon Lloyd Clark
Coffee Hour – NO COFFEE HOUR (decorating church; pizza and soda will be provided for volunteers)

CHRISTMAS EVE ROTA 

Acolytes – MC R Noble, SD J Ihnen, Th L Verdelotti, Cr G Ryan, Torches N Callanan, D Callanan
Lector at 5:30 pm – TBD
Lector at 10:30 pm – M Bledsoe
Usher at 5:30 pm – Alison Huff
Ushers at 10:30 pm – Tom Bledsoe and Patricia Barnes

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 22 December
Christmas Decorating  11:30 am (Nave)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 24 December
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 28 December
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 22 December
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (V)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass with Holy Baptism  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Week of Advent IV, Year Two

Monday 23 December
Monday in Advent IV (V)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

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

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

Thursday 26 December
SAINT STEPHEN, DEACON AND PROTOMARTYR (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

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

Saturday 28 December
THE HOLY INNOCENTS (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 29 December
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS (W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Mass with Hymns  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (29 December)

First Sunday after Christmas (Year A)
Isaiah 61:10— 62:3
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 

Friday, December 13, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 15 December 2019

Saint John the Baptist in Prison Visited by Two Disciples (c. 1455-1460) by Giovanni di Paolo (1403-1482). Tempera on panel. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Frank Campbell-Watson (1898–1980)—Prelude on Rorate Coeli

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

Henry Smart (1813–1879)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 146:4-9

Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)—This is the record of John

John Cook (1918–1984)—Fanfare

A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of the Triune God and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service. Visitors and guests are always welcome! If you attend S. Stephen’s on any given Sunday, please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 am Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs before or during the service, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you will be here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year ten minutes before and during the 10 am Mass, and the ushers will be happy to direct you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Society of Mary Pilgrimage – The Our Lady of Providence Ward of the Society of Mary is planning a pilgrimage to the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA this Saturday, 14 December, around 3 pm. If you would like to come, please meet in the church driveway between 2:30 and 3 pm to carpool.

Saint Thomas the Apostle (December 21st) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated next Saturday, 21 December, with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10 am.

Monthly Commemoration of the Departed – whose year’s mind falls during December will be offered Saturday, 21 December, 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 Nancy Gingrich know. This Mass is sponsored by the Guild of All Souls, St. Stephen Protomartyr Branch: all are welcome and invited to attend!

College Ministry – Because of interest expressed at last Sunday’s meeting, the Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will be meeting one last time for the semester this coming Sunday, 15 December, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer and dinner. All members of the Brown Community are most welcome and invited to attend!

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

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 this Sunday, 15 December.

Christmas Decorations – We hope to engage a group of volunteers to decorate the church after the 10 am Solemn Mass for Advent IV (Sunday 22 December), in order to have the church decorated in advance of Christmas Eve services. If you are interested in joining in this festive tradition, including a pizza lunch, please contact Altar Guild Director Cathy Bledsoe via email, or phone at (401) 500-2263.

Christmas Eve Family Mass Participation – The Sunday School will present a Nativity play at the Family Mass at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, 24 December. Please let Modu Johnson know via email if your children would like to participate.

The Annual New Year's Day Dinner – will be held on Wednesday, 1 January, in the Great Hall. It is never too early to commit to volunteer. To sign up to help with the dinner, please click here. The committee is also seeking monetary donations to offset the cost of the food. Checks can be mailed to S. Stephen’s (Attn: John McGlashan); please put "New Year's Day Dinner" in the memo line. Please consider helping with this important ministry and outreach to the great Providence area!

Socks, hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries – We would like to offer these items to guests at the New Year’s Day Dinner again this year. There is a bin on the piano to deposit such items at Coffee Hour. If you would like to contribute, please bring items to the church before (or, if needed, on the morning of) the dinner on January 1st.

Milestones – We would like to feature important milestones from your life, to better get to know each other! Whether it be a special wedding anniversary, a new book you have authored and had published, an award or professional commendation, or something else entirely, please let us know. If you would like to contribute to this new section of the parish notes, please contact Jacob Ihnen via email.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

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

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Mary B. Trask (15 December 1984), Constance Margaret Maxwell (17 December 1986), Dorothy Denison Dunlap (17 December 1986), and George Arthur Stiles (20 December 1997).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Dioceses of Sokoto (Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Augustin Omole, and El Salvador (Central America): The Rt. Rev’d Juan David Alvarado Melgar; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Thomas’, Greenville, and St. Thomas’, Alton.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC R Noble, SD J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr G Ryan
Lector at 8 am – J Leonard
Lector at 10 am – K Lester
Ushers – Simon Newby and Bobby Rose
Coffee Hour – Andrew Savchenko and Rhoda Steinhart

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Saturday 21 December
Guild of All Souls  10 am (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 17 December
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 21 December
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 15 December
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Rose)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Mass and Office Lectionary: Week of Advent III, Year Two

Monday 16 December
Monday in Advent III (Rose)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 17 December
O Sapientia (Rose)
Raising of Lazarus
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 18 December
Wednesday in Advent III (Rose)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 19 December
Thursday in Advent III (Rose)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

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

Saturday 21 December
SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass with Commemoration of December Departed  10 am

Sunday 22 December
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (V)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass with Holy Baptism  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (22 December)

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7