It’s time to let the Gospel take a bite out of crime

The crime rate is a major American preoccupation. And this is hardly surprising in view of statistics that indicate one in every three of us can expect to become a victim of violent crime at least once in our lives.

Our politicians’ response to this has been a stream of legislative measures—boot camps, “three strikes . . . → Read More: It’s time to let the Gospel take a bite out of crime

Corpus Christi

Jenaro Pérez Villaamil The Corpus Christi Procession inside Seville Catedral

The Corpus Christi Procession inside Seville Cathedral, by Jenaro Pérez Villaamil (1807–1854). From Wikimedia.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy passion: Grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever . . . → Read More: Corpus Christi

Memorial Day

Decoration Day

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 service; that each may live for all and . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

Summer (Whitsuntide) Ember Days: I

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Summer

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

O Lord Jesus Christ who didst say unto thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and grant unto it that peace and unity which is agreeable . . . → Read More: Summer (Whitsuntide) Ember Days: I

Time to sign up for the Vacation Bible School

St Stephen’s Vacation Bible School will run on the afternoons of Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. It is open to children from four to twelve. The theme for this year’s event will be “Jesus is our superhero”. We are asking for a nominal $20 contribution per child . . . → Read More: Time to sign up for the Vacation Bible School

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)

For the Victims of Flooding in Ellicott City

Jesus Stilling the Tempest, by Gustave Doré

Jesus Stilling the Tempest (Mark iv:39) by Gustave Doré

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by the flooding in Ellicott City. Defend them from the perils of instability as . . . → Read More: For the Victims of Flooding in Ellicott City

The Sermon for Sunday May 27th – Trinity Sunday

Fr Hawtin

Here is the sermon for Sunday May 27th: Trinity Sunday, 2018

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

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

Trinity Sunday

Trinity by Rublev

Trinity (The Hospitality of Abraham) by Andrei Rublev (1360s–late 1420s). From Wikipedia.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We . . . → Read More: Trinity Sunday