News from St. Stephens
"This is the day which the Lord hath
made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday August 28, 2016 is The
Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Services are held: Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.
(Please Call (805) 524-1697 or e-mail
for further information and location.
Collect for The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us
the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain
that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost
command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle: Galatians 5:16, page 209
Gospel: St. Luke 17:11, page 209
You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect
of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at
The words spoken by the preacher at the end of his sermon beginning
"And now to god the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, etc." At the
Ascription the congregation rises and at the end responds "Amen".
(Latin for "thou shalt sprinkle") The ceremony practiced in some
churches of sprinkling altar, clergy and people with holy water. The
anthem "Thou shalt purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean."
The doctrine that Christ by His suffering and death reconciled man
to God. (See also Redemption and Reconciliation.)
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Be a beacon of His love and redeeming power, to a world dark and
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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
"He does much who loves much."
— Thomas à Kempis
"The only ones among you who will be really
happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."
— Albert Schweitzer
The True Marks of Success
A hundred years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson noted
three qualities he deemed marks of true "success": the ability to
discern and appreciate beauty, the ability to see the best in
others, and a commitment to leaving the world a better place. Notice
that Emerson does not say that success comes in having the best seat
at the table, acquiring more material possessions, or in belonging
to the best clubs. Emerson contends that success comes with
appreciating God's world, developing loving relationships with God's
people, and with working to improve God's world. Jesus would agree
In fact, in Luke 14 offers with a wonderful
suggestion of how to work to make the world a better place. Invite
the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind to dinner. They are
all members of your family. Just think how much richer your table
talk will be if you don't just associate with your business
associates and closest relatives. Remember around the table such
wonderful things happen. Invite everyone to the table. They are all
members of the extended family.
— R. Robert Cueni, Sermons on the Gospel
Readings, Series I, Cycle C, CSS Publishing Company
Lowly Sinners, Everyone
I like the story historians tell about the
funeral of Charlemagne. Charlemagne was the greatest Christian ruler
of the early Middle Ages. After his death a mighty funeral
procession left his castle for the cathedral at Aix. When the royal
casket arrived, with a lot of pomp and circumstance, it was met by
the local bishop, who barred the cathedral door.
"Who comes?" the Bishop asked, as was the
"Charlemagne, Lord and King of the Holy Roman
Empire," proclaimed the Emperor's proud herald.
"Him I know not," the Bishop replied. "Who
The herald, a bit shaken, replied, "Charles
the Great, a good and honest man of the earth."
"Him I know not," the Bishop said again. "Who
?"The herald, now completely crushed,
responded, "Charles, a lowly sinner, who begs the gift of Christ."
To which the Bishop, Christ's representative,
responded, "Enter! Receive Christ's gift of life!"
The point, of course, is that in God's eyes,
we're all equally needy. Charlemagne, Mother Teresa, you and me.
None of us will ever be "good enough" to force entrance into the
presence of God.
— Alex Gondola, Jr., Come As You Are, CSS
Success that Counts
Mother Teresa was once asked, "How do
you measure the success of your work?" She thought about the
question and gave her interviewer a puzzled look, and said, "I
don't remember that the Lord ever spoke of success. He spoke
only of faithfulness in love. This is the only success that
— Brett Blair,
26 August 2016 at 1064 PDT