Scripture Verse

Whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

— 1 St. John iii:17, Offertory Sentence for Holy Communion

Cookie Walk

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

Come to the Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 24th

Giving thanks for a bountiful harvest is a tradition that dates back to the founding of the English Church in the First Century AD. Sadly, in recent years it has fallen into disuse. In recent years, St Stephen’s has revived this time–hallowed custom. This year the Harvest Festival will be celebrated at all three services . . . → Read More: Come to the Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 24th

Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Days: II

Ember Days at the four seasons: Autumn

Autumn, by Abel Grimmer (1565–1630). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, look mercifully upon the world, which thou hast redeemed by the blood of thy dear Son, and incline the hearts of many to offer themselves for the sacred ministry of thy Church; so that by their labours thy light may shine in the . . . → Read More: Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Days: II

Saint Matthew

The Calling of Saint Matthew by Caravaggo

The Calling of Saint Matthew by Caravaggo (1571–1610). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist: Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus . . . → Read More: Saint Matthew

Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Days: I

Ember Days at the four seasons: Autumn

For Labour and Industry

Autumn, by Abel Grimmer (1565–1630). 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 . . . → Read More: Autumn (Holyrood) Ember Days: 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

New podcast: sermon for Trinity XIV

Here is Fr Kerouac’s sermon for this morning. Remember that you can find all of the available sermon podcasts on our podcast library page.

http://www.ststeve.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Trinity-14.mp3

Self-deception is the cause of grotesque delusions

Experience teaches us that human beings have an infinite capacity for self-deception. This leads us to put our trust in the most untrustworthy ideas, both great and small.

I first came to this realization when I was quite a small boy—not, I hasten to add, that I was then, or am now, entirely immune to . . . → Read More: Self-deception is the cause of grotesque delusions

The Sermon For Sunday September 17th – Trinity XIV

Fr Kerouac

Here is the Sermon for Sunday September 17th: Trinity 14, 2017

This Week’s Newsletter

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

Constitution Day

Almighty God, Author of our life and liberty: we give thee thanks for the grace which thou bestowedst upon the framers of the Constitution of the United States, and for the enduring resilience of their handiwork. Guided by thy Spirit, these visionaries crafted a document which hath been a beacon of hope and freedom for . . . → Read More: Constitution Day