Choral Evensong, June 4th, 2017

Pentecost woodcut

Evensong, a fusion of the monastic prayer offices Vespers and Compline, is one of the greatest treasures of the Anglican tradition. Presented by Saint Stephen’s Choir on the First Sunday of the month, the service begins at 6pm and ordinarily lasts about 40 minutes.

This month’s service music includes a setting of the Preces . . . → Read More: Choral Evensong, June 4th, 2017

An age eerily reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s

Fr Hawtin

As a parish priest I do not involve myself in politics. This parish prays for the nation’s president and our state’s governor personally by name, no matter the political party to which they belong.

If you happen to disagree with them politically, that’s all the more reason to ask God to guide them into the . . . → Read More: An age eerily reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s

Memorial Day

Decoration Day

From A Prayer Book for Soliders and Sailors (1941)

I. For Justice and Freedom

O God, the King of righteousness, lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

Vacation Bible School starts on June 19th: Register now!

Michael slaying the dragon

The Archangel Michael. From Wikimedia.

The Sunday School is calling for every child in the neighborhood to put on “The Armor of God” this summer at St Stephen’s Vacation Bible School. It starts on June 19th and runs to June 23rd. Every “new squire” will learn the Shield of Faith, the Shoes of . . . → Read More: Vacation Bible School starts on June 19th: Register now!

Altar Flowers — Sunday after Ascension

Altar Flowers, Sunday after Ascension, 2017

Altar Flowers, Sunday after Ascension, 2017

Memorial Day (Observed)

An aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in . . . → Read More: Memorial Day (Observed)

The Sermon for Sunday May 28th – Ascension Sunday

Fr Hawtin

Here is the sermon for Sunday May 28th: Ascension, 2017

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXVIII No 20

The Sunday after Ascension Day

The Ascension, by Giotto di Bondone (1266/7–1337). From Wikiart.

O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the . . . → Read More: The Sunday after Ascension Day

The Venerable Bede

The Venerable Bede Translates John

The Venerable Bede Translates John by James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932)

O God, the light of our fathers, the rock of their whole strength: Grant us, with thy servant Saint Bede, all diligence to study the noble works thou didst in their days, that we may discern and trust thy power in our own; through . . . → Read More: The Venerable Bede