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"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 First Sunday after Trinity
Sunday May 29, 2016 is The First
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 First Sunday after Trinity
O God, the strength of all those who put
their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because,
through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing
without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy
commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle: 1 St. John 3:13, page 189
Gospel: St. Luke 16:19, page 190
You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect
of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at
Trinity Sunday (color-white)
Trinity Sunday (color-white) A movable
Festival falling on the Octave of Whitsunday in honor of the holy
and Blessed Trinity. It has a Proper Preface and an Alternative
Preface but no Octave. It is the culmination of the Church Year and
following it comes Trinitytide.
The Holy and Blessed Trinity
The doctrine of the three fold nature of God
(1) The Father, Creator; (2) The Son, Redeemer; (3) The Holy Ghost
The worship paid to God both in outward act
and inward attitude, specifically the adoration of the Host.
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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.
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Your Servant in Christ
Fr. Bob Hammond
Food for Thought
"Listen less to your own thoughts and more to
— François Fénelon
Faith: Do You Believe?
There was a tightrope walker, who did
incredible aerial feats. All over Paris, he would do tightrope acts
at tremendously scary heights. Then he had succeeding acts; he would
do it blindfolded, then he would go across the tightrope,
blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow. An American promoter read about
this in the papers and wrote a letter to the tightrope walker,
saying, "Tightrope, I don't believe you can do it, but I'm willing
to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides
all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do
your act over Niagara Falls." Now, Tightrope wrote back, "Sir,
although I've never been to America and seen the Falls, I'd love to
come." Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing
up, many people came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the
Canadian side and come to the American side. Drums roll, and he
comes across the rope which is suspended over the treacherous part
of the falls blindfolded!! And he makes it across easily. The crowds
go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, "Well, Mr. Promoter,
now do you believe I can do it?" "Well of course I do. I mean, I
just saw you do it." "No," said Tightrope, "do you really believe I
can do it?" "Well of course I do, you just did it." "No, no, no,"
said Tightrope, "do you believe I can do it?" "Yes," said Mr.
Promoter, "I believe you can do it." "Good," said Tightrope, "then
you get in the wheel barrow."
The word believe, in Greek means "to live by".
This is a nice story...makes you ask, how often do we say that we
believe Christ can do it, but refuse to get in the wheelbarrow?
Keeping the Christian Faith
A French prince in the Middle Ages was asked
if he were faithful to his wife. He answered: "Yes ... frequently."
The line is humorous but the point of the story is anything but.
Sometimes in life it is all too difficult to find someone to trust,
someone to believe in. Even spouses, parents and dearest of friends
can let us down. But the Christian faith teaches that when all the
others have come and gone, God remains constant -- "the same
yesterday, today and forever." God is always in our corner, always
as close as a prayer, always loving us whether or not we deserve it
and always willing to carry the heavy end of each of our crosses if
asked. "If God so clothes the grass of the fields and feeds the
birds of the air, will God not much more take care of you ...?"
— Be All That You Can Be, Michael
B. Brown, CSS Publishing Company
Trusting the Healing Touch
Author Max Lucado tells about his boyhood days of playing football
out in the West Texas fields. The fields where Max and his friends
played were full of grass burrs that stuck in their skin. Sometimes,
after a big tackle, a player would have a leg or arm full of grass
burrs. They stung horribly. The game came to a stop while the player
pulled out each of the burrs. Some players wanted to keep on playing
in spite of the burrs, but it was usually too painful. Lucado
trusted no one but his father to pull out the burrs. So he would
leave the game, go home, and get his father to pull out every last
burr, then he would return to play.
Friends, there are burrs that only our Father can remove.
Fortunately God will remove them if we trust ourselves to Him.
— King Duncan,
America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of
safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on
our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His
— Ronald Regan
May 2016 2020 CDT