News from St. Stephens
“He is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed.”
St. Luke 24:34; St. Mark 16:6
The First Sunday after Easter
Sunday April 23, 2017 is the 1st
Sunday after Easter
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 1st Sunday after Easter
Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son
to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant
us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may
always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the
merits of the same thy son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle: 1 St. John 5:4, page 170
Gospel: St. John 20:19, page 171
You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect
of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at
The weeks following Easter Day up to Ascension Day, commemorating
the forty days our Lord spent on earth after His Resurrection,
commonly called "The Great Forty Days."
(Latin Deanus, "Dean") The side of the Choir (originally of a
Cathedral) where the Dean sits. In a properly oriented Church this
would be the south side or epistle side.
(1) The devotion or setting apart of any object in a religious
service to a sacred purpose and use. (2) An annual commemoration
held in some parishes of the consecration of a church.
The suspension of a clergyman from the Sacred Ministry. Deposition
of a priest or deacon can be performed only by his bishop, limited
by specific canons; (1) after the voluntary resignation and
renunciation of the ministry by the person to be deposed "for
reasons not affecting his moral character," e.g., to enter some
other religious body; (2) after an ecclesiastical trial and the
decision of the Triers, i.e., a jury made up of his peers. The use
of the word "excommunicate" for "depose" is incorrect and the use of
the word "unfrock" is obsolete.
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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
"Let your hook always be cast. In the pool
where you least expect it, will be a fish."
We Know Where We Are Going
The story is told about Albert Einstein, the
brilliant physicist of Princeton University in the early 20th
century. Einstein was traveling from Princeton on a train, and when
the conductor came down the aisle to punch the passengers' tickets,
Einstein couldn't find his. He looked in his vest pocket, he looked
in his pants pocket, he looked in his briefcase, but there was no
ticket. The conductor was gracious; "Not to worry, Dr. Einstein, I
know who you are, we all know who you are, and I'm sure you bought a
As the conductor moved down the aisle, he
looked back and noticed Einstein on his hands and knees, searching
under the seat for his ticket. The conductor returned to Einstein;
"Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry. I know who you are. You
don't need a ticket, I'm sure you bought one." Einstein arose and
said "Young man, I too know who I am; what I don't know is where I
And that is the good news of Easter; that we
know where we are going. We have been told by the Savior that his
life and death has promised us life eternal. And Low Sundays don't
change that promise. And unemployment doesn't change that promise.
Neither does divorce, or bankruptcy, or cancer, or depression, or
felony, or failure. Through elation and deflation and every emotion
in between, this truth remains; we know whose we are and we know
where we are going, because the Son of God has promised. And this,
my friends, is faith.
— Steven Molin, Elated....Deflated
The Greatest Scar Story
I can think of no better modern-day
illustration of the sacrifice Jesus made for us than a recent scar
story I heard from a tennis friend of mine. As we were waiting for
another match to finish, she was relating how badly her knees hurt.
This friend is the most fit 30-something-year-old I know. Yet she
sat beside me with a brace on each knee. I pointed to the open hole
of her knee brace and asked if her scar was from knee surgery. She
told me, "No, it's from my son, and I actually have an identical
scar on my other knee."
You see, several years ago she scooped up her
toddler son from the swimming pool and began to walk towards a
lounge chair. As she stepped onto the tiled patio, her foot slipped
on the wet slick surface. She was also seven months pregnant, and it
was one of those moments where you feel like you're moving in slow
motion but there's nothing you can do to stop the fall. Within a
split second, she knew her momentum was toppling her forward, and
she could either face-plant and land on top of both her son and her
unborn child, or she could fall on her knees.
Of course, as any loving parent would do, she
chose to fall on her knees directly onto the unforgiving concrete.
Her knees immediately burst open and blood went everywhere. She
ended up needing stitches, which resulted in scars, but her son and
unborn child were both unscathed. It is hard for me to tell this
story without tearing up, because to me, it serves as a miniscule
example of the immense sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ for us.
You see, we are the beloved children of God for whom Jesus took the
fall. Christ suffered on the cross and endured unimaginable pain for
us. His is the greatest scar story ever told.
— Christi O. Brown, Scars of Hope
It was Saturday, the day before Easter, and
Joanne Hinch of Woodland Hills, California was sitting at the
kitchen table coloring eggs with her three-year-old son Dan and her
two-year-old daughter Debbie. She told her kids about the meaning of
Easter and taught them the traditional Easter morning greeting and
response, "He is risen...He is risen indeed!" The children planned
to surprise their Dad, a Presbyterian minister, with that greeting
as soon as he awoke the next morning. Easter arrived, little
Danheard his father stirring about in his bedroom, so the boy got up
quickly, dashed down the hall and shouted the good news: "Daddy,
Daddy, Daddy, God's back!"
— David E. Leininger, "Laugh,
We Want Proof
There is a reason why many Christians around
the world have latched so quickly and tenaciously onto the discovery
of what may be the ossuary or burial box for James, the brother of
Jesus. There's a reason why every time archaeologists discover some
inscription referring to King David, Pontius Pilate, or some other
biblical figure that this news immediately makes a splash in the
pages of Christianity Today. Here, we are told, is further "proof"
that the stuff in the Bible really did happen! There's a reason why
there is now a huge enterprise that is literally scouring the
universe for evidence that the formation of the cosmos required the
hand of a Creator God. It's not just that we want to meet
evolutionary and atheist scientists on their own turf--most folks
also quietly hanker for something tangible that can bolster the
confidence they have in their faith.
Over and again we find ourselves wanting more.
Jesus himself knows that faith is both a
blessing and a miracle. That's why he says in verse 29 that while it
was one thing for Thomas to believe with Jesus standing right in
front of him, it would one day be quite another thing to believe
without such undeniable physical proof standing in the same room.
— Scott Hoezee, "Wanting More"
Posted 22 April 2017 @ 1609 PDT