News from St. Stephens
"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 Ninth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday July 24, 2016 is The Ninth
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 Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit
to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot
do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to
live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 10:1, page 201
Gospel: St. Luke 15:11, page 201
You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect
of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at
Annointing the Sick
use of Oil which has been blessed is allowed by the Prayer Book for
the healing of the sick, accompanied by appropriate prayers.
Sometimes called Unction of the Sick.
The Service of the Holy Communion up to and sometimes including, the
Prayer for the whole State of Christ's Church followed by the
Benediction. It includes the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for the Day
and in some churches follows Morning Prayer.
cloth, usually of silk and embroidered, which is hung in front of
the Pulpit, Lectern or Altar. When on an Altar, it is usually called
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ACA Web Site
Anglican Church in America, the ACA, has a new web address:
http://www.anglicanchurchinamerica.org. If you have
bookmarked the ACA web site in your web browser, you should
consider updating it to this address.
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.
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
Through prayer we can carry in our heart all human pain and
sorrow, all conflicts and agonies, all torture and war, all hunger,
loneliness and misery, not because of some great psychological or
emotional capacity, but because God's heart has become one with
— Henri Nouwen
God Changes Us
A mother sent her fifth grade boy up to bed. In a few minutes she
went to make sure that he was getting in bed. When she stuck her
head into his room, she saw that he was kneeling beside his bed in
prayer. Pausing to listen to his prayers, she heard her son praying
over and over again. "Let it be Tokyo! Please dear God, let it be
When he finished his prayers, she asked him, "What did you mean,
'Let it be Tokyo'?"
"Oh," the boy said with embarrassment, "we had our geography exam
today and I was praying that God would make Tokyo the capital of
Prayer is not a magical means by which we get God to do what we
want. Prayer is an inner openness to God which allows his divine
power to be released in us. Ultimately, the power of prayer is not
that we succeed in changing God, but that God succeeds in changing
— Robert L. Allen, Greatest Passages of The
Bible, CSS Publishing Company
Prayer to the Outside Observer
Father Barry Foster, a priest in Dublin, Ireland, parked his car
on a rather steep slope close to his church. His little cairn
terrier was lying on the rear seat and could not be seen by anyone
outside the vehicle. Father Foster got out of the car and turned to
lock the door with his usual parting command to the dog. "Stay!" he
ordered loudly, to an apparently empty car. "Stay!" An elderly man
was watching the performance with amused interest. Grinning, he
suggested, "Why don't you just try putting on the emergency brake?"
Our subject today is prayer. To the mind of the unbeliever,
watching someone pray is the equal of watching someone say "Stay,"
to their automobile fully expecting it to obey. To the unbeliever
prayer is an exercise in futility. But to the believer, prayer is
the most powerful and the most reliable force in the world today.
— King Duncan, Collected Sermons,
Always Say a Prayer
Ever wonder about the acronym ASAP? Generally we think of it in
terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives: "As soon as
possible." Maybe if we think of this abbreviation in a different
manner, we'll begin to find a new way to deal with those rough days
along the way.
There's work to do, deadlines to meet, you've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. In the midst
of family chaos, quality time is rare. Do your best; let God do the
rest, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. It may seem like your worries are
more than you can bear. Slow down and take a breather, ASAP: Always
Say a Prayer. God knows how stressful life is; he wants to ease our
cares, And he'll respond to all your needs, ASAP: Always Say a
—Leonard Sweet, Collected Sermons,
22 July 2016 at 1718 PDT