St Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, California

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"Behold. I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:10-11

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday January 22, 2017 is The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

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 after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary

Epistle: Romans 12:16, page 112
Gospel: St. John 2:1, page 113

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


The Epiphany Season extends from January 6th to Septuagesima Sunday and included from one to six Sundays according to the earliness or lateness of Easter. The color for the eight days of the Octave of the Epiphany is white, the rest of the season is green.


(1) The dedication of anything to Divine service, such as one's life, money, influence and abilities. (2) The advancement of a presbyter who has been duly elected and qualified to the rank of Bishop. A Bishop is regularly consecrated by another Bishop assisted by two other Bishops. (3) The setting apart of a Church or other place by a Bishop to be used for the service of God. (4) The act of blessing and invoking the Divine Presence upon the elements of the Holy Communion by the Prayer of Consecration.

Prayer of Consecration

That portion of the Holy Communion Service beginning with the words "All glory be to Thee, Almighty God" and ending just before the Lord's Prayer. (1928 Book of Common Prayer pgs. 80-81) This is the most solemn act of the whole service in which the bread and the wine are actually consecrated. It comprises (1) the words of Institution (2) the Oblation and (3) The Invocation followed by the Intercessions. It is sometimes called the Canon of the Liturgy or of the Mass because it contains the fixed rule by which the Holy Sacrifice is offered. It is the most sacred portion of the Communion Service itself as distinguished from the Ante-Communion and the Post-Communion.

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Fr. Bob Hammond

Food for Thought

"The greatest deception, and the deepest source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding God, of finding freedom by excluding moral truths and personal responsibility."

— Blessed John Paul II, Homily, World Youth Day, Toronto, July 28, 2002

A Job vs. A Ministry

Someone has said there is a huge difference between having a job at church and having a ministry at church.

  • If you are doing it because no one else will, it's a job. If you are
    doing it to serve the Lord, it's a ministry.

  • If you're doing it just well enough to get by, it's a job. If you're
    doing it to the best of your ability, it's a ministry.

  • If you'll do it only so long as it doesn't interfere with other
    activities, it's a job. If you're committed to staying with it even when
    it means letting go of other things, it's a ministry.

  • It's hard to get excited about a job. It's almost impossible not to
    get excited about a ministry.

An average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great church is
filled with people involved in ministry.

— Mickey Anders, The Beginning of Ministry

Trying Something New

After falling twice in the 1988 Olympic speed-skating races Dan Jansen sought out sports psychologist Dr. Jim Loehr, who helped him find a new balance between his sport and his life. He also helped Jansen learn to focus on the mental aspects of skating Peter Mueller became his coach, putting him through workouts that Dan has since described as the "toughest I have ever known." By the time the 1994 Olympics arrived, Jansen had more confidence than ever. He had set a five-hundred-meter world record just two months earlier. The Olympic title in that event seemed to belong to him.

Unfortunately, Jansen fell during the five-hundred-meter race. He was disappointed and shaken. But, Dr. Loeher immediately advised him to start preparing for the one-thousand-meter race. He said, the five-hundred-meter race is gone. Put it behind you." However the thousand-meter race was Jansen's weakest event. But, there was no other chance for him to receive a medal. Jansen won the one-thousand-meter race and did it in record time. Since Jansen had followed the wisdom of his coach, he had put his failure behind him and tried something new.

We can play it safe and remain secure in what we know. Like the fishermen in the Gospel, our lives will remain in the darkness until we are willing to follow and move in a new direction. Jesus called the disciples to something that would not only give purpose and meaning to their lives, he called them to a vocation that would change the world. They followed, and from then on their lives would never be the same.

— Keith Wagner, Ice Fishing, Anyone?

Turning Toward the Light

A little boy named Bobby entered his first science fair in second grade. Because his Mom has a green thumb, they decided to experiment with the growth of plants. He took two small green plants and placed one on a sunny windowsill and the other in a cardboard box. After a couple of weeks, Bobby checked on the two plants. The one on the windowsill had grown a couple of inches and had vibrant green leaves. The one in the box had actually grown a bit, but it had lost all of its green color, becoming almost white and its leaves drooping. Thinking that the plant might die, Bobby cut a hole in one side of the box, like this, and set the box, with the plant inside, by the windowsill ... with the hole facing toward the incoming light. Well you know what happened ... but Bobby was so excited by this discovery! Yes, over the course of a few weeks, the plant began to grow out through the hole! And, a couple of weeks later, it turned to grow up toward the light and even blossomed! The plant that had been in gloomy darkness ... and was all but dead ... had seen a great light, it turned toward that light and blossomed!

Well, Matthew wrote ... after the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ ... and therefore with the full realization of who this man of God was ... he wrote that the Light had certainly dawned on the people by the sea, the kingdom of heaven had definitely come near; it had dawned and come near in the person of Jesus Christ ... in the personified love and power of God that makes people ... different ... alive!

— Robert K. Schneider, Follow the Maker. Adapted by Brett Blair,

Posted  21 January 2017 at 1739 PST