St Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, California

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"I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son." Luke 15:18,19

The Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday Marth 19, 2017 is the Thrid Sunday in Lent

Services are held: Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.

(Please Call (805) 524-1697 or e-mail for further information and location.

The Collect for The Third Sunday in Lent

We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ash Wednesday Collect used until Palm Sunday

Almighty and everlasting god, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary

Epistle: Ephesians 5:1, page 128
Gospel: St. Luke 11:14, page 129

You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at Lectionary Central.

Church Terminology


(Saxon for "Spring"; Color: Violet) A movable season of fasting and sacrifice lasting forty days before Easter (not including the Sundays, which are always feast-days) and commemorating the fasting of Christ in the wilderness, His Passion, Death and Burial. This is the Church's great season of penitence and is customarily observed by abstinence and extra devotions. It extends from Ash-Wednesday to Easter Even and contains six Sundays: 4th Sunday "Mid-Lent" or "Mothering" or "Refreshment Sunday', 5th Sunday "Passion Sunday", 6th Sunday "Palm Sunday. The 5th week is called "Passion Week" and the last week "Holy Week."


For the use of the Priest in the Celebration of the Holy Communion, two bottles, called cruets, are provided, holding unconsecrated water and wine respectively and placed upon the Credence.




Originally, any minister having charge of the cure of souls in a parish, but now the word is usually restricted to one who assists the rector in the parish church or in a chapel of the parish.

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Be a beacon of His love and redeeming power, to a world dark and in pain.


"Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it."

Your prayers are important and do make a difference. If you know of anybody who is interested in being part of building Christ's Body, within a traditional Anglican Church, please tell them about St.Stephens and ask them to contact me. I would be pleased to call on anyone who might be interested.

If you have any pastoral requests or needs, please contact me, at (805) 524-1697 or at

Your Servant in Christ

Fr. Bob Hammond

Food for Thought

My hope is not that things will go as I planned, but that the Lord will make himself known, in the faces of my loved ones, in the unexpected joys of family life that pop up right in the middle of our messy chaos, in the ways he provides for me and shows me his tender care in the most detailed ways.

— from Who Does He Say You Are?

Look Around You

William Easum, in his book, Dancing with Dinosaurs, suggests that the dinosaurs ate only the vegetation that was right at their eye level. With their massive appetites, they quickly devoured all the food they could easily see. Then he writes: "Still, food was plentiful if the dinosaur merely bent down to reach the vegetation. But perhaps the dinosaur's neck was too stiff to bend down to the vegetation, or the dinosaur was too nearsighted to see the vegetation. Perhaps dinosaurs became extinct because of their unwillingness or inability to see what was happening all around them" [p. 15]. Do you think that he could be making an analogy to the church? Jesus says, "Look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting." If they took that literally and looked around, whom would they see?

— Brian P. Stoffregen, Exegetical Notes

I Can't Remember

A few years ago, rumors spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus. The archbishop decided to check her out.

'Is it true, m'am, that you have visions of Jesus?' asked the cleric.

'Yes,' the woman replied.

'Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession. Please call me if anything happens.'

Ten days later the woman notified her spiritual leader of a recent apparition.

Within the hour the archbishop arrived. 'What did Jesus say?' he asked.

She took his hand and gazed deep into his eyes. 'Bishop,' she said, 'these are his exact words: I CAN'T REMEMBER.'

— Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled,
Beat-Up and Burnt Out (Portland, Ore.: Multnomah Press, 1990), 116-117

Criticizing Evangelistic Efforts

One day a lady criticized D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism in attempting to win people to the Lord. Moody's reply was "I agree with you. I don't like the way I do it either.

Tell me, how do you do it?" The lady replied, "I don't do it." Moody retorted, "Then I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it."

— James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) p. 178.

Posted  17 March 2017 at 2230 PDT