Scripture Verse

He that soweth little shall reap little; and he that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.

— 2 Corinthians ix:6, 7, Offertory Sentence for Holy Communion

Saint Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden

Saint Anskar

We beseech thee, O Lord, to pour thy grace on all who go to other lands, publishing the word of salvation: That, following the patient labours of thy servant Anskar, who carried the message of thy Gospel beyond the sea, they may gather many believers into the fold of thy holy church; through the . . . → Read More: Saint Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden

Saint Blaise (Blase or Blasius)

Saint Blase

O Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant Blaise boldness to confess the Name of our Saviour Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer . . . → Read More: Saint Blaise (Blase or Blasius)

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany  

color celtic cross knot

O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ . . . → Read More: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany  

Choral Evensong for Candlemas Sunday

Hans Holbein the Elder-Darstellung Christi im Tempel

Sunday, February 3rd, 2018 at 6:00 PM

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 of Men & Boys on the First Sunday of the month, the service begins at 6:00 PM and ordinarily lasts about 40 . . . → Read More: Choral Evensong for Candlemas Sunday

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or The Purification of the Blessed Virgin

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

La présentation de Jésus au Temple (The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple), by James Tissot (1836–1902). Brooklyn Museum, via Wikimedia

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only–begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto . . . → Read More: The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or The Purification of the Blessed Virgin

Sojourner Truth

For a Civl Rights Worker

Sojourner Truth, albumen silver print, circa 1870. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution”>, via Wikipedia.

Almighty God, father of all mercies: We bless thy name for those who work to make justice a reality for all of thy children, especially thy servant Sojourner. They have stood . . . → Read More: Sojourner Truth

History is what it is—so suck it up and live with it

The plumber who fixed the leak in St Stephen’s utility closet vacationed in Ireland recently. And the thing that particularly struck him about Dublin, the capital of the Irish republic, was that its venerable buildings were largely of a similar vintage to those in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Actually that goes for much of Europe north . . . → Read More: History is what it is—so suck it up and live with it

Saint Bride (Bridget)

Celtic Cross

Eternal Father, who willest thy children to seek the kingdom of thy dear Son as their chief treasure, and the good that is above all good: Grant us the single heart of blessed Bride, thy Virgin, to count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of the same Jesus Christ our . . . → Read More: Saint Bride (Bridget)

King Charles I, Martyr

King Charles I after original by van Dyck

King Charles I, after Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty Father, who by the Apostle of thy dear Son hast taught us to obey God rather than man: Mercifully grant that, as thy servant King Charles was faithful unto death in defence of thy Church, so all . . . → Read More: King Charles I, Martyr

Bingo Night!

Bingo on Friday, 22 February, at 6:30 PM

Friday, February 22nd, at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall

Ten games of cash Bingo, $2.00 per game, beverages, BYO snacks. Our last Bingo game netted over $315 for Parish Life funds.