Friday, November 22, 2019

Sunday 24 November 2019

The Two Crowns (1900) by Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928).
Oil on canvas. Tate Britain, London, England.


Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King (Year C)
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Herbert Howells (1892–1983)—Preludio Sine Nomine

Flor Peeters (1903–1986)—Missa Festiva

from Martin Luther (1483–1546)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 46

Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)—Great Lord of Lords

R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)—Te Deum in G

Herbert Howells—Paean


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: Sharon Lloyd ClarkI grew up in the Church of the Intercession, Manhattan, which was a wonderful place for a young girl to learn and understand about the church. In many ways, Saint Stephen’s reminds me a lot of the church I grew up in, and I owe it to the church to pay it forward for all the education I received and continue to receive. Growing up, the Sisters of Saint Margaret always taught me to offer service to the church I attended, so I am taking that directive to heart by serving as the Stewardship Chair on the Stewardship Committee. I spent years working for Brown University in development, so I think it is important to work in development for my church. If you are interested in serving on the Stewardship Committee, please contact me via email at

Sharon Lloyd Clark

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 this Sunday, 24 November. S. Stephen’s is counting on your support and generosity in this period of transition.

Altar Flowers – The flowers at the high altar this Sunday are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Susan Rose Jones (23 November 2012) by Bo Kinloch and Jenny Jones. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Thanksgiving Day Service – Mass for Thanksgiving Day will be offered on Thursday 28 November at 10 am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 am). It is fitting to begin our Thanksgiving Day festivities by coming to Mass to give thanks to God for our many blessings.

Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30th) – a major feast of the church year will be kept this next Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am, and Low Mass following at 10 am.

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!

Milestone – On 5 November, parishioner Karen Vorbeck Williams released her third book, Pretty: a memoir. In her own words, “Pretty took years to write because, at first, I tried to write it as fiction. No matter how many different names I gave myself or how often I changed the story's locations, I couldn't pull it off. This is my first memoir, but I'm writing another. My other books are fiction, all based on real people. My hope for this book is that readers will see how much women's lives have changed over the past eighty years and how much more change must happen.” Pretty may be ordered online or through your local bookstore. Please join us in congratulating Karen on her new publication!

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.

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


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: Sharon Lennihan (Saturday 11/30).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Frederick Corcoran (24 November 2007), Charles Rose (25 November 1972), and Martha Saunders (29 November 1989). 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 Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury): The Rt. Rev’d Timothy Thornton, Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Andrew's, Little Compton and the leadership and students of St. Andrew’s School, Barrington.


Acolytes – MC B Rose, SD J Ihnen, Th J Starks, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – S Bartlett
Lector at 10 am – J Steiny
Ushers – Ernest Drew and Nancy Gingrich
Coffee Hour – Tom and Cathy Bledsoe



Tuesday 26 November
Al-Anon Meeting  12:10 pm (Great Hall)

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


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

Daily Office Lectionary: Proper 29, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Proper 29

Monday 25 November
Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
James O.S. Huntington, Monk, Founder of the Order of the Holy Cross, 1935

Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 26 November
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 27 November
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 28 November
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Friday 29 November
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 30 November
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 1 December
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Advent Lessons & Carols  5:30 pm


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