Sin that masquerades as virtue

The funny thing about sin is it has an odd way masquerading as virtue. In other words, frequently the personal qualities we regard as particularly virtuous turn out, in practice, to be seriously sinful.

For instance, a clergyman of my acquaintance was fond of declaring that he made a point of “speaking his mind.” And . . . → Read More: Sin that masquerades as virtue

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

Celtic Cross

Inspire by thy blessed Spirit, O Lord God, all Bishops and Pastors, that they may tend their flocks after the pattern of thy servant Saint Aidan, with gentleness and strength; that thy people may be shepherded with the holy love of our Redeemer Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and . . . → Read More: Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

A cure for teenage boredom

B-o-r-r-r-r-r-i-n-g! It’s amazing the frequency with which kids utter the word “boring” these days. When I was a child, my mother took such complaints as an invitation to have me mow the lawn, weed her yard, or—horrors!—tidy my room.

“If you’re bored, Guy Hawtin,” she would say, “I’ve got just the cure for you.” There . . . → Read More: A cure for teenage boredom

Don’t begrudge prayers for your political adversaries

With our nation engaged in the most bitterly partisan political debate in living memory, Christians often find themselves in a quandary over how they should be praying and for whom. Increasingly, America’s churches are praying for the “office of the president” rather than following long–established custom and praying for him by name.

Refusing to name . . . → Read More: Don’t begrudge prayers for your political adversaries

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Caravaggio Beheading of John the Baptist

The Beheading of St John the Baptist, by Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571–1610).

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his . . . → Read More: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Altar Flowers — Trinity XI, 2017

Altar Flowers — Trinity XI

Altar Flowers — Trinity XI

Join us for the Fall Picnic on Sunday, September 3rd

St Stephen’s oldest tradition—the Annual Fall Picnic—will again take place at the home of Ellen Reather on Dulaney Valley Road in Glen Arm, on Sunday, September 3rd at 1:00 PM.

If great food and good company in a bucolic country setting appeal to you, please plan to join us. For those who tried walking on . . . → Read More: Join us for the Fall Picnic on Sunday, September 3rd

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Tolle Lege, by Benozzo Gozzoli

St Augustine Reading the Epistle of St Paul (Conversion of Augustine of Hippo [Tolle Lege]), by Benozzo Gozzoli. Fresco in an Aspidal Chapel, Sant’Agostino, San Gimignano.

O God, who from among the people of Africa didst raise up thy servant Augustine to be a Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Grant us so to . . . → Read More: Saint Augustine of Hippo

The Sermon for Sunday August 27th – Trinity XI

Fr Kerouac

Here is the sermon for Sunday August 27th: Trinity 11, 2017

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXVIII No 33