A Collect for a Sports Team

This collect was originally written in anticipation of the Ravens’ participation in the Playoffs on Sunday, 22 January 2012, and it was used at all three services that day. It is reproduced here in a more generic form, suitable for use for any team in any sport.

Raven (Plate CI) from Birds . . . → Read More: A Collect for a Sports Team

Drawbacks to living in the Land of Feely-feel

In recent years, there has been a complete revolution in the way people make their minds up about things. In times past, when people were trying to decide whether a course of action was wise or foolish, or whether a concept was good or bad, they would gather as much information about it as possible . . . → Read More: Drawbacks to living in the Land of Feely-feel

Sermon for Sunday January 22nd Epiphany III

Here is the sermon for Sunday January 22nd: Epiphany 3, 2012

This Week’s Newsletter

Here is this week’s newsletter:St. Stephen’s News XXIII 02

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Agnes

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost choose the weak things of the world to confound the strong: Mercifully grant that we who celebrate the simplicity of thy child–martyr Saint Agnes may, by thy grace, be pure in heart, firm in faith, and resolute in action, willing to offer ourselves a living sacrifice unto thee; through . . . → Read More: Saint Agnes

Saint Sebastian

O God, fill us with that spirit of courage which gave thy martyr Sebastian strength to offer his life in faithful witness; and help us to learn from him to cherish thy law and to obey thee rather than men; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the . . . → Read More: Saint Sebastian

Two courses for Lent

Holy Trinity Seminary is offering an Associate in Theological Studies (AST) course and Master of Ministry (MM) course during the Lenten period.

The ATS course on “How to read your Bible” will meet Mondays from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM at St. Stephen’s Church beginning February 6th and ending March 26th. The course costs . . . → Read More: Two courses for Lent

Pondering the pitfalls of Church advertising

The Roman Church has been running an advertising campaign aimed, I presume, at persuading lapsed Romans to return to the Church. Ecclesiastical advertising campaigns have always fascinated me, and I would be interested to know the name of the agency that conceived this one.

Advertising campaigns, after all, are best left in the hands of . . . → Read More: Pondering the pitfalls of Church advertising

The Confession of Saint Peter (Saint Peter’s Chair in Rome)

Almighty Father, who didst inspire Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church stedfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth . . . → Read More: The Confession of Saint Peter (Saint Peter’s Chair in Rome)