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"Behold. I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to
unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday January 22, 2017 is The Third
Sunday after the Epiphany
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 after the Epiphany
Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look
upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch
forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our
Epistle: Romans 12:16, page 112
Gospel: St. John 2:1, page 113
You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect
of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at
The Epiphany Season extends from January 6th to Septuagesima Sunday
and included from one to six Sundays according to the earliness or
lateness of Easter. The color for the eight days of the Octave of
the Epiphany is white, the rest of the season is green.
(1) The dedication of anything to Divine service, such as one's
life, money, influence and abilities. (2) The advancement of a
presbyter who has been duly elected and qualified to the rank of
Bishop. A Bishop is regularly consecrated by another Bishop assisted
by two other Bishops. (3) The setting apart of a Church or other
place by a Bishop to be used for the service of God. (4) The act of
blessing and invoking the Divine Presence upon the elements of the
Holy Communion by the Prayer of Consecration.
Prayer of Consecration
That portion of the Holy Communion Service beginning with the words
"All glory be to Thee, Almighty God" and ending just before the
Lord's Prayer. (1928 Book of Common Prayer pgs. 80-81) This is the
most solemn act of the whole service in which the bread and the wine
are actually consecrated. It comprises (1) the words of Institution
(2) the Oblation and (3) The Invocation followed by the
Intercessions. It is sometimes called the Canon of the Liturgy or of
the Mass because it contains the fixed rule by which the Holy
Sacrifice is offered. It is the most sacred portion of the Communion
Service itself as distinguished from the Ante-Communion and the
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Be a beacon of His love and redeeming power, to a world dark and
"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
"The greatest deception, and the deepest
source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding
God, of finding freedom by excluding moral truths and personal
— Blessed John Paul II, Homily, World Youth
Day, Toronto, July 28, 2002
A Job vs. A Ministry
Someone has said there is a huge difference
between having a job at church and having a ministry at church.
If you are doing it because no one else
will, it's a job. If you are
doing it to serve the Lord, it's a ministry.
If you're doing it just well enough to get
by, it's a job. If you're
doing it to the best of your ability, it's a ministry.
If you'll do it only so long as it doesn't
interfere with other
activities, it's a job. If you're committed to staying with it
it means letting go of other things, it's a ministry.
It's hard to get excited about a job. It's
almost impossible not to
get excited about a ministry.
An average church is filled with people doing
jobs. A great church is
filled with people involved in ministry.
— Mickey Anders, The Beginning of Ministry
Trying Something New
After falling twice in the 1988 Olympic
speed-skating races Dan Jansen sought out sports psychologist Dr.
Jim Loehr, who helped him find a new balance between his sport and
his life. He also helped Jansen learn to focus on the mental aspects
of skating Peter Mueller became his coach, putting him through
workouts that Dan has since described as the "toughest I have ever
known." By the time the 1994 Olympics arrived, Jansen had more
confidence than ever. He had set a five-hundred-meter world record
just two months earlier. The Olympic title in that event seemed to
belong to him.
Unfortunately, Jansen fell during the
five-hundred-meter race. He was disappointed and shaken. But, Dr.
Loeher immediately advised him to start preparing for the
one-thousand-meter race. He said, the five-hundred-meter race is
gone. Put it behind you." However the thousand-meter race was
Jansen's weakest event. But, there was no other chance for him to
receive a medal. Jansen won the one-thousand-meter race and did it
in record time. Since Jansen had followed the wisdom of his coach,
he had put his failure behind him and tried something new.
We can play it safe and remain secure in what
we know. Like the fishermen in the Gospel, our lives will remain in
the darkness until we are willing to follow and move in a new
direction. Jesus called the disciples to something that would not
only give purpose and meaning to their lives, he called them to a
vocation that would change the world. They followed, and from then
on their lives would never be the same.
— Keith Wagner, Ice Fishing, Anyone?
Turning Toward the Light
A little boy named Bobby entered his first
science fair in second grade. Because his Mom has a green thumb,
they decided to experiment with the growth of plants. He took two
small green plants and placed one on a sunny windowsill and the
other in a cardboard box. After a couple of weeks, Bobby checked on
the two plants. The one on the windowsill had grown a couple of
inches and had vibrant green leaves. The one in the box had actually
grown a bit, but it had lost all of its green color, becoming almost
white and its leaves drooping. Thinking that the plant might die,
Bobby cut a hole in one side of the box, like this, and set the box,
with the plant inside, by the windowsill ... with the hole facing
toward the incoming light. Well you know what happened ... but Bobby
was so excited by this discovery! Yes, over the course of a few
weeks, the plant began to grow out through the hole! And, a couple
of weeks later, it turned to grow up toward the light and even
blossomed! The plant that had been in gloomy darkness ... and was
all but dead ... had seen a great light, it turned toward that light
Well, Matthew wrote ... after the crucifixion
and the resurrection of Jesus Christ ... and therefore with the full
realization of who this man of God was ... he wrote that the Light
had certainly dawned on the people by the sea, the kingdom of heaven
had definitely come near; it had dawned and come near in the person
of Jesus Christ ... in the personified love and power of God that
makes people ... different ... alive!
— Robert K. Schneider, Follow the Maker.
Adapted by Brett Blair,
21 January 2017 at 1739