Friday, November 29, 2019

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 1 December 2019

Ascent of the Blessed (c. 1500-1504) by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516).
Oil on panel. Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

First Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

J. S. Bach (1685–1750)—Choral, ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 659

Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)—Missa Cum jubilo, Op. 11

Sir George Clement Martin (1844–1916)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 122

Jakob Handl (1550–1591)—Jerusalem, gaude

J. S. Bach—Choral, ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 661

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.

Advent Lessons & Carols – This Sunday, 1 December, at 5:30 pm, we will offer our annual service of Lessons & Carols. Join us for seasonal readings, carols, and choral musical selections to set the stage as we prepare for the coming of the Lord. A reception follows in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited to attend!

Reception – This year, the Society of Mary is coordinating the Advent Lessons & Carols Reception. Please sign up to bring a food or dessert item (or to help with set up and clean up) for the reception following the service! It is not too late to sign up to help or commit to donate a food item. Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex and Great Hall. Or email Patti Barnes to let her know what you can bring. Thank you!

Society of Mary – meets next Saturday, 7 December, 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.

Brown Madrigal Singers Winter Concert – will be next Saturday, 7 December, at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel at S. Stephen’s. The Brown Madrigal Singers invite the community to their annual winter concert to hear the exciting variety of a cappella music they have been working on. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will be meeting next Sunday, 8 December, at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer and open study session, as Reading Period will be in full swing. Beverages, comfort food, care packages, and quiet study space will be provided. All members of the Brown Community are most welcome and invited to attend!

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 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.

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.

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.

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, 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, Christopher, and Geralyn.

Birthdays this week: Cory MacLean (Sunday 12/1) and Sandra Bartlett (Monday 12/2).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Jimmy Chancy Black (4 December 1992) and Homer Clifton Shirley III (7 December 2013).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for mission agencies and their work throughout the Anglican Communion; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of The Church of the Advent, Coventry.

THE SUNDAY ROTA 

Acolytes – MC B Rose, SD J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – TBD
Lector at 10 am – TBD
Ushers at 10 am Mass – Karl Benziger and Rhoda Steinhart
Ushers at L & C – Bruce Lennihan and Joy D’Ambra
Coffee Hour – Nancy Gingrich, Bradin Anderson, Louis Verdelotti, and Cory MacLean

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 1 December
Advent Lessons and Carols  5:30 pm (Nave/Great Hall)

Saturday 7 December
Society of Mary  10:30 am (Lady Chapel/Great Hall)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Tuesday 3 December
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Friday 6 December
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 7 December
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)

Brown Madrigal Singers Winter Concert  7 pm (Lady Chapel)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 1 December
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (V)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Advent Lessons & Carols  5:30 pm

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

Monday 2 December
Monday in Advent I (V)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 3 December
Francis Xavier, Apostle of the Indies, Missionary, 1552 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 4 December
John of Damascus, Monk, Teacher, c. 749 (W)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 5 December
Thursday in Advent I (V)
Clement of Alexandria, Priest, Teacher, c. 210
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 noon

Friday 6 December
Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 326 (W)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 7 December
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher, 397 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am
Holy Rosary  10:30 am

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

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (8 December)

Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13