St Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, California

News from St. Stephens

 “He is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed.”
St. Luke 24:34; St. Mark 16:6

The First Sunday after Easter

Sunday April 23, 2017 is the 1st Sunday after Easter

Services are held: Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.

(Please Call (805) 524-1697 or e-mail rlhammond4764@hotmail.com for further information and location.

The Collect for the 1st Sunday after Easter

Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary

Epistle: 1 St. John 5:4, page 170
Gospel: St. John 20:19, page 171

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

Eastertide

The weeks following Easter Day up to Ascension Day, commemorating the forty days our Lord spent on earth after His Resurrection, commonly called "The Great Forty Days."

Decani

(Latin Deanus, "Dean") The side of the Choir (originally of a Cathedral) where the Dean sits. In a properly oriented Church this would be the south side or epistle side.

Dedication

(1) The devotion or setting apart of any object in a religious service to a sacred purpose and use. (2) An annual commemoration held in some parishes of the consecration of a church.

Deposition

The suspension of a clergyman from the Sacred Ministry. Deposition of a priest or deacon can be performed only by his bishop, limited by specific canons; (1) after the voluntary resignation and renunciation of the ministry by the person to be deposed "for reasons not affecting his moral character," e.g., to enter some other religious body; (2) after an ecclesiastical trial and the decision of the Triers, i.e., a jury made up of his peers. The use of the word "excommunicate" for "depose" is incorrect and the use of the word "unfrock" is obsolete.


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

Remember

"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 rlhammond4764@hotmail.com

Your Servant in Christ

Fr. Bob Hammond


Food for Thought

"Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish."

— Ovid

We Know Where We Are Going

The story is told about Albert Einstein, the brilliant physicist of Princeton University in the early 20th century. Einstein was traveling from Princeton on a train, and when the conductor came down the aisle to punch the passengers' tickets, Einstein couldn't find his. He looked in his vest pocket, he looked in his pants pocket, he looked in his briefcase, but there was no ticket. The conductor was gracious; "Not to worry, Dr. Einstein, I know who you are, we all know who you are, and I'm sure you bought a ticket."

As the conductor moved down the aisle, he looked back and noticed Einstein on his hands and knees, searching under the seat for his ticket. The conductor returned to Einstein; "Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry. I know who you are. You don't need a ticket, I'm sure you bought one." Einstein arose and said "Young man, I too know who I am; what I don't know is where I am going."

And that is the good news of Easter; that we know where we are going. We have been told by the Savior that his life and death has promised us life eternal. And Low Sundays don't change that promise. And unemployment doesn't change that promise. Neither does divorce, or bankruptcy, or cancer, or depression, or felony, or failure. Through elation and deflation and every emotion in between, this truth remains; we know whose we are and we know where we are going, because the Son of God has promised. And this, my friends, is faith.

— Steven Molin, Elated....Deflated

The Greatest Scar Story

I can think of no better modern-day illustration of the sacrifice Jesus made for us than a recent scar story I heard from a tennis friend of mine. As we were waiting for another match to finish, she was relating how badly her knees hurt. This friend is the most fit 30-something-year-old I know. Yet she sat beside me with a brace on each knee. I pointed to the open hole of her knee brace and asked if her scar was from knee surgery. She told me, "No, it's from my son, and I actually have an identical scar on my other knee."

You see, several years ago she scooped up her toddler son from the swimming pool and began to walk towards a lounge chair. As she stepped onto the tiled patio, her foot slipped on the wet slick surface. She was also seven months pregnant, and it was one of those moments where you feel like you're moving in slow motion but there's nothing you can do to stop the fall. Within a split second, she knew her momentum was toppling her forward, and she could either face-plant and land on top of both her son and her unborn child, or she could fall on her knees.

Of course, as any loving parent would do, she chose to fall on her knees directly onto the unforgiving concrete. Her knees immediately burst open and blood went everywhere. She ended up needing stitches, which resulted in scars, but her son and unborn child were both unscathed. It is hard for me to tell this story without tearing up, because to me, it serves as a miniscule example of the immense sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ for us. You see, we are the beloved children of God for whom Jesus took the fall. Christ suffered on the cross and endured unimaginable pain for us. His is the greatest scar story ever told.

— Christi O. Brown, Scars of Hope

God's Back

It was Saturday, the day before Easter, and Joanne Hinch of Woodland Hills, California was sitting at the kitchen table coloring eggs with her three-year-old son Dan and her two-year-old daughter Debbie. She told her kids about the meaning of Easter and taught them the traditional Easter morning greeting and response, "He is risen...He is risen indeed!" The children planned to surprise their Dad, a Presbyterian minister, with that greeting as soon as he awoke the next morning. Easter arrived, little Danheard his father stirring about in his bedroom, so the boy got up quickly, dashed down the hall and shouted the good news: "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, God's back!"

David E. Leininger, "Laugh, Thomas, Laugh!"

We Want Proof

There is a reason why many Christians around the world have latched so quickly and tenaciously onto the discovery of what may be the ossuary or burial box for James, the brother of Jesus. There's a reason why every time archaeologists discover some inscription referring to King David, Pontius Pilate, or some other biblical figure that this news immediately makes a splash in the pages of Christianity Today. Here, we are told, is further "proof" that the stuff in the Bible really did happen! There's a reason why there is now a huge enterprise that is literally scouring the universe for evidence that the formation of the cosmos required the hand of a Creator God. It's not just that we want to meet evolutionary and atheist scientists on their own turf--most folks also quietly hanker for something tangible that can bolster the confidence they have in their faith.

Over and again we find ourselves wanting more.

Jesus himself knows that faith is both a blessing and a miracle. That's why he says in verse 29 that while it was one thing for Thomas to believe with Jesus standing right in front of him, it would one day be quite another thing to believe without such undeniable physical proof standing in the same room.

— Scott Hoezee, "Wanting More"

Posted  22 April 2017 @ 1609 PDT