Friday, November 8, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 10 November 2019


THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C (8 am)
Job 19:23-27a
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

Remembrance Sunday (10 am)
Wisdom 3:1-9
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
John 5:24-27

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Edward Elgar (1857–1934)—Sonata in G, Op. 28: III. Andante espressivo

Giovanni Francesco Anerio (1567–1630)—Missa pro defunctis

C. Hylton Stewart (1884–1932)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 23

H. Walford Davies (1869–1941)—Solemn Melody

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 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, 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.

My S. Stephen’s Ministry: Sandra BartlettI have been blessed to share what gifts I have with the people - parishioners, clergy, staff, and visitors - of S. Stephen's. From teaching Sunday School to Vestry, including service as both Treasurer and Clerk, to New Year's Day Dinner, Parish BBQ, and more, there have been ways to give back to S. Stephen's. Thanks for all that the church and its Anglo-Catholic history have given to me. Most recently I have participated in the 8 am Sunday Low Mass and had the privilege of helping to introduce to the service, and train, the faithful corps of early rising Lay Readers as well as developing the fellowship that comes with a cup of coffee or glass of juice or water following service. The great joy of participation in worship is meant to be shared. Please contact me (at grbartl3tt@gmail.com) or Jacob for further information - a warm welcome is waiting to greet you!

Sandra Bartlett

Altar Flowers – To the glory of God, the flowers at the high altar today are given in thanksgiving for and loving memory of all the faithful departed, especially those who lost their lives in the armed forces in service to our country. We will remember them.

Remembrance Sunday Poppies – are available for the taking at both Masses today. A donation of $1 per poppy will help cover our costs: this can be placed either in the collection plate or in the “Alms” receptacle in the Narthex.

Veteran’s Day – As on all public holidays, Low Mass on Monday, 11 November, will be celebrated at 10 am, preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30.

Vestry Meeting – The Vestry will conduct its monthly meeting this Tuesday, 12 November, at 7 pm in the Parish Library.

Monthly Commemoration of the Departed – whose year’s mind falls during November will be offered Saturday, 16 November, 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!

Guest Preacher
– On Sunday, 17 November, at both Masses, we will welcome Fr. Jeffrey Hanson as preacher. A little about Fr. Hanson in his own words: “Jeffrey Hanson is curate for Christian education at the Church of the Advent in Boston. He oversees the parish's church school, adult education programs, Theology on Tap, and the annual conference on Anglo-Catholicism. During the week he is senior philosopher at the Human Flourishing Program in Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The Human Flourishing Program puts philosophy and theology in conversation with empirical social science research to better understand and promote human well-being. He is the author of Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith: The Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious in Fear and Trembling and the forthcoming book Work in the Platonic Tradition: A History of Labor and Human Flourishing as well as editor or co-editor of three more books.” 

Fr. Hanson

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 on 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.

College Ministry Finals Period Care Packages – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) is seeking donations of items suitable for care packages for its student participants to enjoy during the often-unenjoyable period of preparing for and taking final exams. If you would like to donate any items, please contact Jacob Ihnen via email at jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu. Thank you!

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 at jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu.

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 (Modu6361@gmail.com) know if your children would like to participate.

Sick and Shut-in Ministry – A recurring theme from our community forums has been the need to be better as a parish in keeping track of and attending to our members who are sick or shut-in. We can do better. If you are interested in assisting with this important ministry, please speak to Tom Bledsoe or Alison Huff in person or by email (thomas_bledsoe@brown.edu, alisonhuff12@gmail.com).

Stewardship Program – If you have not yet done so, please prayerfully consider making your pledge of financial contributions to S. Stephen’s for 2020. The goal is to receive most pledges by November 24th. S. Stephen’s is counting on your support and generosity in this period of transition.

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.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Thomas, 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, Christopher, and Geralyn.

Birthdays this week: Peter Gibson (Sunday 11/10), Bo Kinloch (Sunday 11/10), Klara Benziger (Monday 11/11), and George Benziger (Thursday 11/14).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Helena Crosslin (11 November 2007), Alison Morgan Henning Stebbins (12 November 2012), and Eric Ernest Bernard Hall (16 November 1987).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury): The Rt. Rev’d Jorge Pina Cabral, Bishop of the Lusitanian Church; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for those who serve on the Diocesan Commission on Investments, Commission on Finance, Program and Budget Committee, congregational stewardship committees, treasurers, auditors, bookkeepers and all those who are stewards of the wealth God has entrusted to the church.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD B Rose, Th L Verdelotti, Cr J Coyle
Lector at 8 am – A Wilson
Lector at 10 am – TBD
Ushers – George Ryan and Nancy Gingrich
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 12 November
Vestry Meeting  7 pm (Library)

Saturday 16 November
Guild of All Souls  10 am (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 15 November
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 16 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 10 November
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (BLACK)
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Proper 27, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Proper 27


Monday 11 November
Martin, Bishop of Tours, c. 397 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Tuesday 12 November
FERIA (G)
Josaphat Kunsevich, Archbishop of Polotsk, Martyr, 1623
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 13 November
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 14 November
FERIA (G)
Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 15 November
FERIA (G)
Albert the Great, Dominican Friar, Bishop, Teacher, 1280
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 16 November
Margaret, Queen of Scotland, 1093 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass with Commemoration of November Departed  10 am

Sunday 17 November
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (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 (17 November)

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

Friday, November 1, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 3 November 2019

Maestà: Enthroned Virgin Mary with Child, angels, saints, and apostles in arcades (1308-1311) by Duccio di Buoninsegna (1255-1319). Tempera on panel.
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, Italy.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Sunday after All Saints
Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10, 13-14
Revelation 21:1-6
Matthew 5:1-12

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)—Symphonie № 5 in F minor, Op. 42, № 1: I. Allegro vivace

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)—Missa O quam gloriosum

Malcolm Boyle (1902–1976)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 149

Tomás Luis de Victoria—Motet O quam gloriosum

Charles-Marie Widor—Symphonie № 5 in F minor, Op. 42, № 1: V. Toccata

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 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.

Daylight Saving Time – ends this Sunday, 3 November, at 2 am. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour.

My S. Stephen’s Ministry: Modu JohnsonOne of my ministries here at S. Stephen’s is serving as lector. It gives me great pleasure to read scripture because I feel that scripture is central to our worship services and the basis from which the daily message comes. To stand at the front of the church at the podium and read the Bible is to stand in reverence in the house of the Lord and proclaim His word. I bring with me my training and nearly 33 years’ experience in education and passion for teaching and public speaking. I’ve been told that my voice is commanding and if this is so, my audience is drawn to the Word of God and my purpose would have been met. Serving as lector also gives me time to meditate and reflect on God’s word, something I may not otherwise set aside time to do. If you feel so inclined to serve in this important role to proclaim God’s Word, please reach out to Richard Noble or contact Modu Johnson after the 10 am Mass or via email at Modu6361@gmail.com.

Modu Johnson

Nominations for Vestry and Diocesan Convention delegates in 2020
The Nominations Committee will meet this Sunday, 3 November, to discuss recommendations to fill upcoming open positions. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry or as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention in November 2020, please speak to Alison Huff or contact her via email at alisonhuff12@gmail.com.

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 (Modu6361@gmail.com) know if your children would like to participate.

Daily Mass – Please consider joining Fr. Mead, Fr. Pearson, Fr. Locke or Fr. Sturni at a weekday Mass or for Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer; it might be good for you!

Sick and Shut-in Ministry – A recurring theme from our community forums has been the need to be better as a parish in keeping track of and attending to our members who are sick or shut-in. We can do better. If you are interested in assisting with this important ministry, please speak to Tom Bledsoe or Alison Huff in person or by email (thomas_bledsoe@brown.edu, alisonhuff12@gmail.com).

Stewardship Program – If you have not yet done so, please prayerfully consider making your pledge of financial contributions to S. Stephen’s for 2020 by filling out a physical or online pledge card. Physical pledge cards may be found in the Narthex or obtained from an Usher. If you would like to make your pledge online instead, you can do so by visiting the Give page on the parish website. The goal is to receive most pledges by November 24th. S. Stephen’s is counting on your support and generosity in this period of transition.

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.

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.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Thomas, 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, Christopher, and Geralyn.

Birthdays this week: Charles Rejto (Sunday 11/3), Albert Ferreira (Tuesday 11/5), and Leana Hooks (Saturday 11/9).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Gilbert Jarvis (5 November 1999), Joseph James Bodell, Jr. (5 November 2006), June Littlefield (6 November 1983), Chester Arthur Files (9 November 1987), and Lillian A. Crumby (9 November 1997).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Church of Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury): The Rt. Rev’d Nicholas Dill, Bishop of Bermuda; 
in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of All Saints', Providence and of All Saints', Pontiac and for fair and just elections.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC R Noble, SD J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – J Malone
Lector at 10 am – C Bledsoe
Ushers – Alison Huff and Patricia Barnes
Coffee Hour – Karl and Klara Benziger

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 3 November
Evening Prayer with EMBR  5:30 pm (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 8 November
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 9 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 3 November
THE SUNDAY AFTER ALL SAINTS DAY (W)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Proper 26, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Proper 26


Monday 4 November
FERIA (G)
Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, 1584
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 5 November
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 6 November
FERIA (G)
Leonard, Hermit, 6th century
William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1944

Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 7 November
FERIA (G)
Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 8 November
FERIA (G)
Saints and Martyrs of the Anglican Communion
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 9 November
FERIA (G)
Margery Kempe, Mystic, c. 1440
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 10 November
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (Black)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Requiem Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (10 November)


Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C (8 am)
Job 19:23-27a
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

Remembrance Sunday (10 am)
Wisdom 3:1-9
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18