News from St. Stephens
"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.
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
(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."
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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ACA Web Site
Anglican Church in America, the ACA, has a new web address:
http://www.anglicanchurchinamerica.org. If you have
bookmarked the ACA web site in your web browser, you should
consider updating it to this address.
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
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
— Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel:
Good News for the Bedraggled,
Beat-Up and Burnt Out (Portland, Ore.: Multnomah Press, 1990),
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
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