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 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.

Sunday Lectionary

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 Lectionary Central.

Church Terminology


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 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 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 heartily.

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 custom.

"Charlemagne, Lord and King of the Holy Roman Empire," proclaimed the Emperor's proud herald.

"Him I know not," the Bishop replied. "Who comes?"

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 comes

?"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 Publishing Company

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 really counts."

— Brett Blair,

Posted 26 August 2016 at 1064 PDT