Friday, November 15, 2019

Sunday 17 November 2019

The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (1867) 
by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882).
Oil on canvas. Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy.


Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19


W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)—Andante in F-Dur, K. 618

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594)—Missa Descendit Angelus

Thomas Attwood (1765–1838)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 98

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)—A Hymn of St. Columba

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)—Skizzen für den Pedalflügel, Op. 58: 3. in F-moll


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.

Guest Preacher – This Sunday, 17 November, we will welcome Fr. Jeffrey Hanson as preacher at both Masses. 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

Advent Lessons & Carols
– On 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! Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex and Great Hall. Or email Patti Barnes at to let her know what you can bring. Thank you!

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 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 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 (,

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

Stewardship Program – If you have not yet done so, please prayerfully consider making your pledge of financial contributions to S. Stephen’s for 2020. We make pledge cards available in the church, and we have already sent them out when the pledge appeal began at the beginning of October. You can also pledge online, through our website, by clicking HERE. The goal is to receive most pledges by next Sunday, 24 November. 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.


Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Thomas, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Ariel, 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: Karl Benziger (Sunday 11/17) and Arnold Friedman (Wednesday 11/20).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Alice Esposito (18 November 1994), Florence Ingram (20 November 1998), Edith Croft (20 November 1999), Stanley Cozzens Bodell (20 November 2010), and Susan Rose Jones (23 November 2012). Recently Departed: The Rev’d James J. Verdelotti.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury): The Rt. Rev’d Carlos López-Lozano, Bishop of Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Elizabeth’s, Hope Valley.


Acolytes – MC R Noble, SD J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr B Benziger
Lector at 8 am – J Leonard
Lector at 10 am – TBD
Ushers – Bruce Lennihan and Sharon Lloyd Clark
Coffee Hour – Modu Johnson



Tuesday 19 November
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

Friday 22 November
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 23 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)


Sunday 17 November
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Proper 28, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Proper 28

Monday 18 November
Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, 1231 (
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 19 November
Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 20 November
Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870
Priscilla Lydia Sellon, Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876

Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 21 November
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Blue)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 22 November
Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c. 230 (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 23 November
Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c. 100 (R)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 24 November
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm


Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King (Year C)
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20