St Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, California

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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

The Sunday after Ascension Day

Sunday May 28, 2017 is the Sunday after Ascension Day

Services are held: Sunday, at 10 a.m.

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

The Collect for Sunday after Ascension Day

O God the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary

Epistle: 1 St. Peter 4:7, page 179
Gospel: St. John 15:26, and part of Chapter 16, page 179

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

Eastward Position

The practice of the celebrant and the congregation in the service of the Holy Communion facing the altar (which is properly in the eastern end of the church-edifice) comes from a very ancient custom of the Church. The early converts to Christianity, worshiping at sunrise as was their custom, would first turn toward the West where the night was fast retreating, renounce the world and the powers of darkness, then would turn to the East, where the sun was rising, to worship the God of Light and Life and Love.
The East Since the sun rises in the East and Christ is the "Sun of our Souls," our "Dayspring from on high," (Luke 1:78), a properly oriented church faces the East (i.e., the Altar is at the eastern end). In those churches where the clergy and choir turn to the Altar at the creed and the Glorias it is called "Turning to the East," whether the Altar is at the eastern end or not, and when the celebrant of the Holy Communion faces the Altar with his back to the congregation, it is called "Assuming the East-ward Position".

Ascension Day

The day in the Church Year which commemorates the Ascension of our Lord. It comes forty days after, and including, Easter, hence always on a Thursday and is sometimes called Holy Thursday. It is a Holy day of Obligation and is preceded by Rogation Days as days of preparation for its proper observance.

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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.

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Your Servant in Christ

Fr. Bob Hammond

Food for Thought

Peter Marshall once began a Senate session with this prayer, "O Lord, forgive us for thinking that prayer is a waste of time, and help us to see that without prayer our work is a waste of time."

— Robert J. Bryan, All Constantly Devoted to Prayer.

Keepers of the Aquarium

Paul Harvey, the well-known radio broadcaster, once said, "Too many Christians are no longer fishers of men but keepers of the aquarium."

I take that to mean that we Christians are more concerned about preserving the Church than we are about touching the lives of other people, more concerned about preserving our "religion" than we are about helping people discover the source of wholeness, the fountain of living water that wells up to eternal life.

— Richard J. Fairchild, The Last Words of Jesus

Losing Sight of Life's Goals

In Steven Covey's best seller "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," talks about how we can lose sight of our main goals in life. In no other place are the consequences more destructive than in our families: Covey writes:

"I value my children. I love them, I want to help them.I value my role as their father. But I don't always see those values. I get caught up in the "thick of thin things."What matters most gets buried under layers of pressing problems, immediate concerns, and outward behaviors. I become reactive.And the way I interact with my children every day often bears little resemblance to the way I deeply feel about them."

For us truly be known by our children would be wonderful. I suspect that this is so much more difficult for men than women. And yet here in Jesus' prayer it is his first thought, that we might know the Father and the Son. This, he says, is salvation. You want to know what being saved means, what the meaning of life is? It is written here in Jesus prayer: If you will come to know God, the only true God, and the Son whom he has sent, you will be saved.

You might say this is difficult for me to do--to know God. Yes it is. It is difficult for you to do. But it is not difficult for God to make himself known to you.

— Brett Blair,

This history has ended ...

On V-E Day, in May 1945, a member of the 537th AA Battalion, my father’s unit, wrote: This history has ended, but each of us will carry the memory of our common experiences throughout our lives. May God continue to watch over us, as He did in this most eventful year of our lives, and may we, who have come to know the fearful price and full value of peace, cherish it forever.

Posted 26 May 2017 at 2359 PDT