Saturday, October 17, 2020

PARISH NOTES Sunday 18 October 2020

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 18 October 2020


Render Unto Caesar, from Altarpiece of the Guild of Minters (1602). Painter: Maerten de Vos (1532-1603). Oil on panel. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

A link to the readings can be found here.

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)— Concerto in G Major, BWV 592

Missa Kyrie magnae Deus potentiae (plainsong)

A WORD OF WELCOME

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

A WORD FROM FATHER BENJAMIN

Dear brothers and sisters,

As we continue into this month-long season of Stewardship, instead of hearing from me in the Parish Notes, you’ll hear from other parishioners about why they pledge to S. Stephen’s. This week we have a short statement from Sharon Lloyd Clark, our Stewardship Committee Chair, in which she draws the connections between her childhood upbringing in the church, a newfound home at S. Stephen’s, and a life of returning thanks to God in all things.

“Last fall, when I was asked to chair the S. Stephen’s stewardship committee, I hesitated. After thinking about the position, I realized that my experience at the Chapel of the Intercession, a beautiful Gothic Revival church set on the corner of the vast cemetery of Trinity Wall Street, had prepared me for the challenge. My youth revolved around church: Monday afternoons were set aside for the Girl Scouts. Wednesday and Friday were reserved for choir practice. On Sunday, we sang at the 9:00 mass and then attended Sunday School. Each year on Christmas Eve, the girls’ choir processed to the grave of Clement Moore where the priest dressed as St. Nicholas read his poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” In the summer, we travelled to Trinity Mountain Camp, established by the nuns of St. Margaret. The priests, staff, and teachers welcomed our daily presence and activities. We were taught the importance of thanking God, singing hymns, and giving time and service to the Church. When I came to Providence, I discovered S. Stephen’s and found the glorious music, the daily mass, the friendly parishioners and the Sunday services all reminded me of my New York church and the lessons they taught me. I don’t hesitate anymore. I enjoy working on the vestry and the stewardship committee. I appreciate the congregation’s generosity to support and sustain our glorious S. Stephen’s Church.” – Sharon Lloyd Clark.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome! – If you are new or visiting, please know you are very welcome at S. Stephen’s. Please introduce yourself to the priest or to an usher following the service. We are so glad you are here.

Nominations Committee & Requests for Nominations – A Nominations Committee has been formed consisting of the following members: Alison Huff, Bobby Rose, Joy D’Ambra, Karl Benziger, and Ernie Drew. The committee is now accepting nominations for elections to be held at the Annual Meeting in January for open Vestry and Convention Delegate positions. Please speak to anyone on the committee if you have nominations or suggestions.

Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour this Sunday, October 18th, at 11:30 am. Please click here to join. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Fr. Benjamin Straley at rector@sstephens.necoxmail.com. Thank you!

Stewardship Season – We have entered our month of stewardship, which began last Sunday and will conclude on November 15. Most of you have received letters in the mail from Fr. Benjamin and Sharon Lloyd Clark. During this time, we ask you to consider your commitment for the coming year so that we can plan our budget and programming accordingly. You can mail your pledge card back to the church office, or pledge online (sstephens.org/donate). Thank you for all the many ways in which you are already supporting S. Stephen’s.  

All Souls Day Requiem Mass – On Monday, November 2, 6:00 PM, a low Requiem Mass will be held in the Lady Chapel, with cantors chanting the Missa pro Defunctis. As always, the Necrology will be read out, so please email office@sstephens.necoxmail.com with the names of those beloved to you that you would like to be included this year. With the added loss of so many from the Coronavirus Pandemic this year, it seems especially fitting that we offer this solemn liturgy. Please consider attending if you are able.

"Meet the Rector" Zoom Meeting, Wednesday, October 21 – Please drop in to meet Fr. Benjamin by Zoom on Wednesday, October 21. Contact junior warden Alison Huff at alisonhuff12@gmail.com or call or email the office for more information or simply join by going to https://zoom.us/j/97329279803.

Interested in Serving at Mass? – We are currently in need of a few more people to add to the rota of altar servers at Sunday and weekday masses. If this is something you would be interesting in learning more about, please email Fr. Benjamin at rector@sstephens.necoxmail.com. We are also planning to resume reading of the lessons from the lectern once we have our new live streaming system in place, so if you are interested in reading, or have been a lector in the past, please know that opportunity will also be available soon.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – Thank you to all who have been so faithful in maintaining your financial support of S. Stephen’s during this pandemic. As some are able to return to in-person worship while others understandably need to stay home, there are three ways to continue your giving to S. Stephen’s:
- There is an offering plate in the back of the church where you may leave your offering.
- Offerings can be sent to the church office through the mail.
- You can give online by clicking here. Please contact us if you need assistance.
Again, thank you to all who have been so supportive.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Charles, Sandra, Lola, Ruby, Norman, Vinnie, Louise, Diana, Sarah, Harrington, Joan, Phebe, Hunter, Jay, Conrad, Ann, Beverly, Tom, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Rhoda, Crystal, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: We rejoice and give thanks for the birth of a daughter on October 16th to parishioners Alex and Molly Ellis, and granddaughter of Tom and Cathy Bledsoe.

The faithful departed:  Year’s Mind: Phyllis Hayden Potterton (20 Oct); Claire Virginia Sledzinski (20 Oct); Jacquelyn Sue Taylor (20 Oct); Megda Dunham Hawkins (20 Oct); Robert Mark Rose (20 Oct); Lucille LaFrance Krawiec (20 Oct); Mary Elizabeth Moss (21 Oct).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer: In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for people and clergy of St. Luke’s, East Greenwich, and St. Luke’s, Pawtucket.


THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 18 October
EMBR Campus Evening Prayer & Eucharist 5:30

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 24 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* REGATHERING HAS RESUMED FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES ON SUNDAYS (80 PEOPLE TOTAL) AND WEEKDAYS (14 PEOPLE TOTAL) 
* ALL ATTENDEES MUST ADHERE TO WRITTEN AND VERBAL PROTOCOLS TO ATTEND

Sunday 18 October
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am
Zoom Coffee Hour 11:30 am
EMBR Campus Eucharist 5:30 pm

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 24, Year Two

Monday 19 October
SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST (transferred) (R)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 20 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 21 October
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 22 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 23 October
SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM (R)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 24 October
FERIA (G)
Raphael, Archangel
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 25 October
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass  8 am
Sung Mass  10 am
EMBR Campus Eucharist  5:30 pm


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (25 October)

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

A link to the readings can be found here.

Friday, October 9, 2020

PARISH NOTES, Sunday, October 11, 2020

 

PARISH NOTES

Sunday 11 October 2020

 


Parable of the Great Banquet, by Brunswick Monogrammist (circa 1525), location: National Museum, Warsaw.

 THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

Isaiah 25:1-9

Philippians 4:1-9

Matthew 22:1-14

Click here for a link to this Sunday’s readings.

 

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Partita, IV. Sarabande for the 12 day of any October

Edward C. Bairstow (1874-1946) — Office of Holy Communion

Herbert Murrill (1909-1952) — Carillon

 

A WORD OF WELCOME


Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

 

A WORD FROM FATHER BENJAMIN

Dear brothers and sisters,

This Sunday, we’ll hear the Parable of the Great Banquet, in which many are called and invited by a king to a wedding banquet for his son. Some things go awry with the first round of invited guests, and especially badly for one poor soul who didn’t read the invitation carefully enough.

I’ll have more to say about that on Sunday, but for now, I want us to stop and consider the great and wondrous banquet that is the Eucharist we are invited to continually by God, whether on Sundays or in the quiet celebrations of daily mass.  So often words can fail to describe all that we seek to capture when we attempt what we find and receive in God.  I find that music often fills that gap, particularly hymns. Sadly, right now, we are not able to safely all sing together, but I will commend to your devotion the words of the hymn “Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness” for your use.

Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness,

leave the gloomy haunts of sadness,

come into the daylight’s splendor;

there with joy thy praises render

unto him whose grace unbounded

hath this wondrous banquet founded;

high o’er all the heavens he reigneth,

yet to dwell with thee he deigneth.

 

Sun, who all my life dost brighten;

Light, Who dost my soul enlighten;

Joy the best that any knoweth;

Fount, whence all my being floweth;

at thy feet I cry, my Maker,

let me be a fit partaker

of this blessed food from heaven,

for our good, thy glory, given.

 

Jesus, Bread of life, I pray thee,

let me gladly here obey thee;

never to my hurt invited,

be thy love with love requited;

from this banquet let me measure,

Lord, how vast and deep it's treasure;

through the gifts thou here dost give me

as thy guest in heaven receive me. 

Furthermore, perhaps look up a recording of the hymn on YouTube. And while you’re at it, listen to J.S. Bach’s cantata (BWV 180) based on the same text and tune, which you can find here on YouTube. Bask in the beauty of God’s banquet which spills into our lives in numerous ways – art, music, or the warm sun upon our faces in these beautiful, crisp autumn days.

Faithfully,

Fr. Benjamin+

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Welcome Back! We’re delighted to be able to see you again this coming Sunday! While we continue to gather again, this privilege brings with it some protocols to keep us all safe. A summary of the safety protocols may be found here.

UPDATE: Virtual Offices and Masses  We offer Virtual Offices and Masses for those who wish to continue to participate safely from home. To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access archived services, please visit the parish website sermon page here.

**Please note, at this point, Friday & Saturday masses will no longer be livestreamed.  While masses Sunday through Thursday will continue to be livestreamed, they will not be archived on the S. Stephen’s website: they will only be archived on our Facebook Page.  Additionally, readings and other liturgical sources for daily services will not be posted on the S. Stephen’s website. Only Sunday 10:00 Masses and Major Feasts or commemorations will be archived on the website.

 

Stewardship Sunday Stewardship Sunday is today! Most of you have received letters in the mail from Fr. Benjamin and Sharon Lloyd Clark. Today we kick off a month long “season” of Stewardship, as we ask you to consider your commitment for the coming year can be so that we can plan our budget and programming accordingly. If you have been worshiping in person, please bring your pledge card to leave in the offering plate this Sunday. Otherwise, please pledge online (sstephens.org/donate) or return your card via mail. We would like to have all pledges in by Sunday, November 15. Thank you for all the many ways in which you are already supporting S. Stephen’s.

 

Honoring Fr. Locke Next Sunday, 18 October, we will honor Fr. Bill Locke, who served briefly as Interim Rector over the summer months. Please be present as you are able as we thank him in our 10 am liturgy for shepherding us between Fr. Mead’s departure and the arrival of the new Rector.

"Meet the Rector" Zoom Meeting Wednesdays in October at 7 pm Please drop in to meet Fr. Benjamin by Zoom any Wednesday evening in October at 7 pm. Contact junior warden Alison Huff at alisonhuff12@gmail.com or call or email the office for more information or simply join by clicking here.

 

Interested in Serving at Mass? – We are currently in need of a few more people to add to the rota of altar servers at Sunday and weekday masses. If this is something you would be interesting in learning more about, please email Fr. Benjamin at rector@sstephens.necoxmail.com. We are also planning to resume reading of the lessons from the lectern once we have our new live streaming system in place, so if you are interested in reading, or have been a lector in the past, please know that opportunity will also be available soon.

 

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering Thank you to all who have been so faithful in maintaining your financial support of S. Stephen’s during this pandemic. As some are able to return to in-person worship while others understandably need to stay home, there are three ways to continue your giving to S. Stephen’s:

-          There is an offering plate in the back of the church where you may leave your offering.

-          Offerings can be sent to the church office through the mail.

-          You can give online by clicking here. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Again, thank you to all who have been so supportive.

 

Beyond our Parish – the Center for Reconciliation (an Initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island): CFR’s Classic Walking Tour—Now back for a limited time only! October 8 - November 1, 2020

Thursdays, 2:00 pm; Saturdays, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm; Sundays, 2:00 pm

Tickets: $25/person, 6 people maximum per tour

For more information and for booking requests go to www.cfrri.org/tours.

Despite being the smallest colony and then the smallest state, Rhode Island was one of the US's largest contributors to the international slave trade. How? In College Hill and the International Slave Trade, you will discover how white residents of College Hill trafficked in and owned enslaved people of African descent, therefore creating wealth in Providence and helping to lay the foundation for race relations in the state.

During our two-hour hike through history, we'll discuss complicity and resistance from the viewpoints of enslaved Ghanaians, indentured Irish sailors, housewives, captains, barrel makers, chocolatiers, church bishops, insurance dealers, and Quaker slave owners and abolitionists.

The CFR takes the health and safety of its tour guides and tour participants extremely seriously. All tours will be conducted entirely outdoors with appropriate COVID-19 precautions taken.



FOR YOUR PRAYERS


Prayers have been requested for: Charles, Sandra, Lola, Ruby, Norman, Vinnie, Diana, Sarah, Harrington, Joan, Phebe, Hunter, Jay, Conrad, Ann, Beverly, Tom, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Rhoda, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: Christine Sylvia (Friday 10/16).

Wedding Anniversary: Kristin Ripley-McNamar (Sunday 10/11).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: James K. Walker (11 October 2008), David W. Marsland (14 October 1993), Albert Croft (15 October 1984), William N. H. Potterton (17 October 1997).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer  In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Church of the Province of Uganda, the Most Revd Stephen Samuel Kaziimba - Archbishop of Uganda & and Bishop of Kampala; 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.

 

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 11 October
EMBR: Evening Prayer and Low Mass  5:30 pm (Lady Chapel)

 

TUESDAY 13 October

Vestry Meeting, 7:00 pm (via Zoom)

 

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 17 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4 pm


LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* REGATHERING HAS RESUMED FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES ON SUNDAYS (80 PEOPLE TOTAL) AND WEEKDAYS (14 PEOPLE TOTAL)

* ALL ATTENDEES MUST ADHERE TO WRITTEN AND VERBAL PROTOCOLS TO ATTEND


Sunday 11 October
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)

Philip, Deacon and Evangelist

Morning Prayer  8 am

Low Mass  8:10 am

Sung Mass  10 am

EMBR Campus Eucharist 5:30 pm



Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 23, Year Two


Monday 12 October (Columbus Day, Federal Holiday)
FERIA (G)

Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709

Morning Prayer  9:30 am

Low Mass  10 am

Tuesday 13 October
FERIA (G)

Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066

Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm


Wednesday 14 October
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, Bishop of Shanghai, 1906 (W)

Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 15 October
Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Nun, Teacher, 1582 (W)

Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 16 October
Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops, 1555 (R)

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1556

Noonday Prayer  12 noon

Low Mass  12:10 pm


Saturday 17 October

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, and Martyr, c. 115 (R)

Morning Prayer  9:30 am

Low Mass  10 am

 

Sunday 18 October
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)

Morning Prayer  8 am

Low Mass  8:10 am

Sung Mass  10 am

EMBR Campus Eucharist  5:30 pm


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (18 October)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

Isaiah 45:1-7

Psalm 96:1-9

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Matthew 22:15-22

Click here for link to the readings.

 


Saturday, October 3, 2020

 PARISH NOTES

Sunday 4 October 2020

 

Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen (between 1580 and 1590) by Marten van Valckenborch (1535-1612). Oil on canvas. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.


THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-15
Philippians 3:4b-14 
Matthew 21:33-46

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Leo Sowerby (1895 – 1968)—Sonatina (1946): II. Very slowly

Plainchant—Missa V (Kyrie magnae Deus potentae)

Leo Sowerby—Comes Autumn Time (1916)

A WORD OF WELCOME

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

A WORD FROM FATHER BENJAMIN 

Dear brothers and sisters,

This Sunday we’ll encounter imagery of the vineyard in three of our scripture readings. The vineyard was a longstanding metaphor for Israel in their relationship with God. In our Gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus makes a direct allusion to the passage from Isaiah that we’ll hear. The desire is of course for the vineyard to be maintained, cared for lovingly, and yield a healthy crop of beautiful produce.

So it is for the kingdom of God and the Church. While the Church with a capital “C” is God’s gift to us, and is really God’s to save and protect, we have been entrusted with a particular portion of it which is Saint Stephen’s parish in Providence, Rhode Island. As we enter this time of stewardship, I want us to all think about those who lovingly built up the parish over a hundred years ago, and those who labored to continually ensure its successes for future generations. Much has changed in the last 50 years alone, but the task before us is the same: to tend to our parish lovingly, repair and keep it up as needed, and ensure that it will be here for another generation in 50 or 100 years.

Of course, there’s much more to S. Stephen’s than the building, as important as the space we gather for worship is. It is the experience of God in beauty, the fellowship, and the loving community that we value. It is the work of making the love of God known, of proclaiming Jesus’s salvation, and of serving those in need that we must tend to. All these things are fruits of our faith that are just as important as maintaining the physical structure of our “vineyard.”

I am a new worker in this vineyard of S. Stephen’s, and so I am just “catching up” to the work that many of you have been doing for years or even decades. I am grateful for all that you do, and all the various ways you express love and support for the parish. May God grant us the grace to keep laboring in his beloved vineyard. In the words of the Psalmist, “Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine; preserve what your right hand has planted.” (Ps. 80 v. 14)

Faithfully,


Fr. Benjamin+

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Welcome Back! – We’re delighted to be able to see you again this coming Sunday! While we continue to gather again, this privilege brings with it some protocols to keep us all safe. A summary of the safety protocols may be found here.

Virtual Offices and Masses – We offer Virtual Offices and Masses for those who wish to continue to participate safely from home. To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

8 am and 5:30 pm Sunday Masses Resume – Tomorrow, 4 October, we resume the 8 am Mass for in-person worship in the Lady Chapel. This mass will not be live streamed. This Sunday, we will also begin offering the 5:30 pm Mass for the EMBR (Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD) community. The same protocols regarding social distancing, masks, and sanitization are still in full effect.

Though we continue to hold in-person worship, and even at this time expand our offerings, we must keep in mind that if there is any sort of up-tick in cases, particularly as some experts warn of a second “surge” this fall/winter, that S. Stephen’s will need to abide with whatever directives the Diocese and the State put in place regarding gatherings of persons and public worship.

"Meet the Rector" Zoom Meeting Wednesdays in October at 7 pm – Please drop in to meet Fr. Benjamin by Zoom any Wednesday evening in October at 7 pm. Contact junior warden Alison Huff at alisonhuff12@gmail.com or call or email the office for more information or simply join by clicking here.

Stewardship Sunday – “Stewardship Sunday” this year will be next Sunday, 11 October. Letters have been mailed out, so be on the lookout for them! S. Stephen’s simply cannot operate or engage in ministry without your time, talent, and financial support. It is so important that we know what your commitment in the coming year can be so that we can plan our budget and programming accordingly. If you have been worshiping in person, please bring your pledge card to leave in the offering plate on Sunday, 11 October. Otherwise, please pledge online (sstephens.org/donate) or return your card via mail by 15 November at the latest. Thank you for all the ways in which you are already supporting S. Stephen’s.

Honoring Fr. Locke – On Sunday, 18 October, we will honor Fr. Bill Locke, who served briefly as Interim Rector over the summer months. Please be present as you are able as we thank him in our 10 am liturgy for shepherding us between Fr. Mead’s departure and the arrival of the new Rector.

Interested in Serving at Mass? – We are currently in need of a few more people to add to the rota of altar servers at Sunday and weekday masses. If this is something you would be interesting in learning more about, please email Fr. Benjamin at rector@sstephens.necoxmail.com. We are also planning to resume reading of the lessons from the lectern once we have our new live streaming system in place, so if you are interested in reading, or have been a lector in the past, please know that opportunity will also be available soon.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – Thank you to all who have been so faithful in maintaining your financial support of S. Stephen’s during this pandemic. As some are able to return to in-person worship while others understandably need to stay home, there are three ways to continue your giving to S. Stephen’s:
  • There is an offering plate in the back of the church where you may leave your offering.
  • Offerings can be sent to the church office through the mail.
  • You can give online by clicking here. Please contact us if you need assistance.
Again, thank you to all who have been so supportive.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Charles, Sandra, Lola, Ruby, Norman, Vinnie, Diana, Sarah, Harrington, Joan, Phebe, Hunter, Jay, Conrad, Ann, Beverly, Tom, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Rhoda, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: James Busby (Monday 10/5), Devon Callanan (Wednesday 10/7), Joy D’Ambra (Wednesday 10/7), and James Starks (Saturday 10/10).

Wedding Anniversary: Alex and Molly Ellis (Thursday 10/8/16).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Daniel Webster Latham (4 October 1986), Madge Lillian Hover Holmes (4 October 1992), Lawrence W. Seamans (5 October 1987), Edward Kennedy Hooks (8 October 2018), Lester Wilkinson (9 October 1983), and Elizabeth A. Olsen (10 October 1999).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Anglican Church of Tanzania: The Most Rev’d Dr. Maimbo Mndolwa, Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Tanga; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Francis’, Coventry.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 4 October
EMBR: Evening Prayer and Low Mass  5:30 pm (Lady Chapel)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 10 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* REGATHERING HAS RESUMED FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES ON SUNDAYS (80 PEOPLE TOTAL) AND WEEKDAYS (14 PEOPLE TOTAL)
* ALL ATTENDEES MUST ADHERE TO WRITTEN AND VERBAL PROTOCOLS TO ATTEND


Sunday 4 October
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Sung Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm
Campus Eucharist  6 pm

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 22, Year Two

Monday 5 October
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 6 October
FERIA (G)
Bruno, Founder of the Carthusian Order, 1101
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 7 October
FERIA (G)
Our Lady of the Rosary
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 8 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 9 October
Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253 (W)
Denys, Bishop of Paris, and Companions, Martyrs, c. 258
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 10 October
FERIA (G)
Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674

Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 11 October
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Sung Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm
Campus Eucharist  6 pm

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (11 October)

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9