Scripture Verse

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?

— Romans x:14, 15, Offertory Sentence for Holy Commuion

Cookie Walk

Only 2 months and 10 days until the Cookie Walk! Choose from a wide assortment of home-baked cookies, homemade jams and jellies, peanut brittle wreaths, and other delights. Doors open at 9:00 AM, and many items sell out, so be sure to arrive early!

Recent Sermons by Fr Kerouac

Portrait of Fr Mike Kerouac

Here are the most recent sermons by Fr Kerouac:

Trinity 9, 2018 July 29th Trinity 12, 2018 August 19th Trinity 15, 2018 September 9th

Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: I

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Autumn

Autumn, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thy earthly life didst share man’s toil, and thereby hallow the labour of his hands: Prosper all those who maintain the industries of this land; and give them pride in their work, a just reward for their . . . → Read More: Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Day: I

Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Celtic Cross

Almighty God, who didst call thy servant Theodore of Tarsus from Rome to the see of Canterbury, and didst give him gifts of grace and wisdom to establish unity where there had been division, and order where there had been chaos: Create in thy Church, we pray thee, by the operation of the Holy . . . → Read More: Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

The high price of failing to honor our principles

A time traveler arriving at this point in time from fifty or sixty years ago would be struck by fact the religious beliefs—or lack thereof—of the candidates in upcoming mid-term elections have figured very little in either the national or local campaigns.

This reflects the fashionable notion that the constitutional separation of church and state . . . → Read More: The high price of failing to honor our principles

Sorry, but Hymns ain’t what they used to be

“Not to know what happened before we were born,” wrote the Roman orator Cicero, “is to remain perpetually a child—for what is the worth of human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.”

Cicero was certainly no slouch when it came to observing the human condition . . . → Read More: Sorry, but Hymns ain’t what they used to be

Saint Lambert of Maastricht

St-Lambert-Liège

Martyrdom of Saint Lambert, part of the diptych of Henri Palude, 15th century. From Wikipedia.

We beseech thee, O Lord, to grant us, after the example of blessed Lambert, thy Bishop and Martyr, constancy in thy faith and truth, that we may be grounded in divine love and moved from its perfection by . . . → Read More: Saint Lambert of Maastricht

This Week’s Newsletter

hermit at work on a manuscript

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 36

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Ninian, Bishop in Galloway

Saint Ninian

Saint Ninian preaching to the Picts (from the Book of the Hours of the Virgin and Saint Ninian)

O God, who by the preaching of thy blessed servant Saint Ninian, didst cause the light of the Gospel to shine in the British Isles: Lead us by its brightness to become sons of a new . . . → Read More: Saint Ninian, Bishop in Galloway

Fighting is one surefire way to push God aside

Make no mistake about it: Fighting is bad. It doesn’t matter if the fight is a knockdown drag out or merely verbal. I have always felt a bit queasy when in the presence of those doing battle.

For the life of me, I have never understood those who turn on the TV, or worse yet . . . → Read More: Fighting is one surefire way to push God aside