Friday, October 4, 2019

Sunday 6 October 2019

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630)
by Rembrandt (1606-1669). Oil on oak panel. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Lamentations 1:1-6
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10


G. F. Handel (1685–1759), arr. William T. Best (1826–1897)—Concerto in F, Op. 4 No. 4: III. Andante

William Byrd (c. 1539/40–1623)—Mass for Five Voices

C. Hylton Stewart (1884–1932)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 137

Henry Loosemore (c. 1600–1670)—O Lord, increase my faith

G. F. Handel, arr. William T. Best—Concerto in F, Op. 4 No. 4: IV. Allegro moderato


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 8 am Mass in the Narthex and 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.

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you are here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year, and the ushers would be happy to direct you.

Altar Flowers – The altar flowers at the high altar today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Edward Kennedy Hooks (8 October 2018) for the occasion of his first year’s mind by his wife Leana and family. His absence is felt by so many. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

My S. Stephen’s Ministry: Leana HooksI have been involved in quite a few ministries over the 20+ years I have been attending Saint Stephen’s Church. The most rewarding/challenging experience was helping with the Christmas Pageants in working with all the children and the costumes. I have also served on the Altar Guild for a number of years, and for the first time this year, as a new member of the Vestry. I can be reached via email at

Leana Hooks

Blue Heron Concert – This Sunday, 6 October at 4 pm, Blue Heron, Boston’s premier Renaissance choir, will give their 20th Birthday Concert here at S. Stephen’s Church. Blue Heron’s first concerts in October 1999 featured music by Hugh Aston and John Taverner from the Peterhouse partbooks (copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral) and the Peterhouse repertoire has been a mainstay of their programs ever since. They have released five CDs of the music and the fifth disc won the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music. Their 20th Birthday concert will feature favorite works from 20 years of Peterhouse programs, chosen on the basis of votes from singers and audience members. For ticket pricing and more information, click here.

Community Discussion: Oct. 6 after Coffee Hour – If you have not had a chance to join in our small group discussions in preparation for our Rector search, please come to our final (additional) session after church this Sunday, 6 October, from 12-2 pm. We've been hearing from many of our parishioners and are counting on your input! If you have not RSVP’d, you can still just come!

The Parish Directory – and other useful resources are available on the church website in the “members’ area.” To enter, click on "Log In" in the upper right corner of the home page and follow the directions to apply for a user account. For reasons of privacy and security, only parishioners and known members of the congregation will receive access.

Stewardship Program – You should have received an invitation to make your pledge of financial contributions to S. Stephen’s for 2020, along with a pledge card. If you would like to make your pledge online instead, you can do so by visiting the Give page on the parish website. Additional pledge cards may be found in the Narthex or obtained from an Usher. The goal is to receive most pledges by November 24th. In the meantime, please consider prayerfully what you can offer; S. Stephen’s is counting on your support and generosity in this period of transition.

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) continues this Sunday, 6 October, with Evening Prayer at 6 pm (please note the time change for this week only) and dinner and conversation to follow. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome and invited to attend.

Volunteer for Acolyte Rota – S. Stephen’s still has a need for some additional volunteers who would like to be trained to serve as acolytes for the 10 am Mass on Sundays and for special services throughout the year. Please speak to Richard Noble, who can arrange for training. Thank you!

Unable to get to Mass or want to review a sermon? – Sunday sermons are now available on the parish website in text and audio — check it out! While you are at it, spend a few minutes listening to "Mead's Meanderings,” two minutes of pithy observations made each week by our interim rector about S. Stephen's.


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, James, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: Devon Callanan (Monday 10/7), Joy D’Ambra (Monday 10/7), and James Starks (Thursday 10/10).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Edward K. Hooks (8 October 2018), Lester Wilkinson (9 October 1983), Elizabeth A. Olsen (10 October 1999), and James K. Walker (11 October 2008).

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


Acolytes – MC R Noble, SD B Rose, Th L Verdelotti, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – J Malone
Lector at 10 am – M Johnson
Ushers – George Ryan and Julia Steiny
Coffee Hour – Nancy Gingrich, Bradin Anderson, Louis Verdelotti, and Cory MacLean



Sunday 6 October
Community Discussion Six  12-2 pm (Library)

Tuesday 8 October
Vestry Meeting  7 pm (Library)


Sunday 6 October
Blue Heron Concert  4 pm (Nave)

Friday 11 October
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

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


Sunday 6 October
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  6 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Proper 22, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Proper 22

Monday 7 October
Our Lady of the Rosary
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 8 October
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 9 October
Denys, Bishop of Paris, and Companions, Martyrs, c. 258
Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253

Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 10 October
Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674

Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 11 October
Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
James the Deacon, Companion of Paulinus, 7th century

Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 12 October
Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 13 October
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15