St Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, California

News from St. Stephens

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev. 4:8

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday September 25, 2016 is The Eighteenth 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 Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Lord, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Please note that "prevent" equals to go before, or lead the way)

Sunday Lectionary

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:4, page 214
Gospel: St. Matthew 22:34, page 215

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 Holy Bible (Greek for "books")

 The sacred literature of the Christian religion, consisting of 39 books of the Old Testament, 14 of the Apocrypha and 27 of the New Testament. The Bible is a whole library of books, the writing of which was by many different authors, over a period of 2,000 years. It contains history, drama, poetry, letters.

Biblical Inspriation

The doctrine that the authors of the books of the Canon of Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit to reveal divine truth.


A stiff four-sided cap, usually black, worn by some of the clergy outdoors in processions and also in church services. When worn by a bishop, the color is purple.


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Be a beacon of His love and redeeming power, to a world dark and in pain.


"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

"He who plants kindness gathers love."

— St. Basil

Drowsy Living

There is a sign series on the West Virginia Turnpike that says, "Driving while drowsy can put you to sleep - permanently." Drowsy, uncaring living can put us to sleep - permanently. That kind of person, Jesus says, is separating himself from God until it becomes permanent, by digging a chasm between himself and heaven that even the love of God cannot bridge.

— Carveth Mitchell, The Sign in the Subway, CSS Publishing Company

Who Have We Been Trampling?

There is an ancient story about a botanist who was studying the heather bell found in the highlands of Scotland. While looking through his microscope at this beautiful flower, he was approached by a shepherd who asked what he was doing. Rather than trying to explain, the botanist invited the shepherd to peer through his microscope and observe for himself. When the shepherd saw the wonder of the flower, he exclaimed, "My God, and I have been tramping on them all my life!"

Is that the word of warning we need? Wake up! Pay attention! Look around you. You may be tramping on the heart of someone nearby. Who is the Lazarus at your gate?

— King Duncan, Collected Sermons,

The Torment of the Mature

"The torment of the dead is that they cannot warn the living, just as it is the torment of the mature that the erring young will not listen to them."

— Dr. Helmut Thielicke

The Stopped Up Dam

There was a beautiful lake that lost its zesty freshness. The water formerly had been clear. It was alluring to animals and people alike. But it became covered with a green scum. The farm animals became ill from drinking the water. Finally someone came by the lake who understood the problem. Debris collecting from the hard spring rains had stopped up the dam and prevented the free flow of water, not into the lake, but out of the lake. The spillway was cleared, and soon the lake was fresh and clean again. The flow in and out was necessary to keep the water pure!

Doesn't the same principle apply to you and me as human beings? The blessings of life flow to you and me, but we fail to realize that most of these blessings are not meant just to flow to us, but through us, for the good of others around us, especially for those in need.

 — Richard W. Patt, All Stirred Up, CSS Publishing

Posted 23 September 2916 at 1835 PDT