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The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, our Diocesan Bishop, will be leading us in worship on February 3rd at both services!

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop calls for prayer

The Episcopal Church
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls for prayer following the tragedy in Connecticut:

We grieve with the many families and friends touched by this shooting in Connecticut.  We mourn the loss of lives so young and innocent.  We grieve that the means of death are so readily available to people who lack the present capacity to find other ways of responding to their own anger and grief.  We know that God’s heart is broken over this tragedy, and the tragedies that unfold each and every day across this nation.  And we pray that this latest concentration of shooting deaths in one event will awaken us to the unnoticed number of children and young people who die senselessly across this land every day.  More than 2000 children and youth die from guns each year, more than the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Will you pray and work toward a different future, the one the Bible’s prophets dreamed of, where city streets are filled with children playing in safety (Zechariah 8:5)?

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Bishop Beisner is inviting the entire Diocese of Northern California to take The Bible Challenge with him, beginning Epiphany 2013.  The Bible Challenge is a year-long commitment of daily Bible reading that will lead participants to easily complete the whole Bible in one year. Each day we will all be reading the same three chapters from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, and one chapter from the New Testament.  The Bishop will not only be doing the daily readings along with participants, but will be supporting them throughout the year through e-mail, the website, prayer and in other ways.  There is no cost and any Bible is suitable.  Each day’s readings will be augmented by a brief meditation posted on The Bible Challenge web page or can be purchased in book form through forward movement.

The kick-off for The Bible Challenge will be on Epiphany (January 6, 2013) when participants will bring their Bibles to church for a special blessing. The readings will begin on Monday, January 7, 2013. Pamphlets with readings for each date are available at the back of the sanctuary or here… Continue reading

Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers will be performing at St. Stephen’s on Sunday, November 25th at 3pm. The concert is called “Through the Storm” and is a benefit  for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. $10 at the door.

Thursdays November 29th, December 6th, 13th, and 20th at 6pm.

You are invited to join your St. Stephen’s family in observing advent! We will meet for four soup suppers to break bread together and deepen our understanding and experience of advent. Each week we will discuss a chapter from,  “Songs in Waiting: Spiritual Reflections on Christ’s Birth” by Paul-Gordon Chandler. 

“Inspiring reflection and a sense of wonder along the faith journey of Advent, Songs in Waiting is a book of spiritual meditations focusing on the ancient Middle Eastern songs celebrating the birth of Jesus: the Song of Mary (the Magnificat), the Son of Zecharias (the Benedictus), the Song of the Angels (the Gloria), and the Song of Simeon (the Nunc Dimittis).

These four songs, full of hope, mystery and divine purpose, have played an important role in Christian worship for two thousand years, inspiring the work of artists and musicians over the centuries.  Beautifully woven throughout the book, the inspirational paintings of artist Daniel Bonnell help capture and define the essence of these songs.  Grounded in the original context of their middle Eastern cultural settings, this literary and visual presentation creates new… Continue reading

You are invited to lend a hand at repainting the Parish Hall this Saturday, November 3rd starting at 9am!

Saturday, October 20th from 9am to noon!

We’ll be weeding, weed whacking, pruning, dusting, cobwebbing, and window washing! There’s something for everyone! Please stop by for any portion of that time and help keep your church home looking lovely!

“Now you are called to work as pastor, priest, and teacher, together with your
bishop and fellow presbyters, and to take your share in the councils of the Church.” 
(“The Examination” in ordination of a priest, BCP 531)

This December 9th I will celebrate the 5th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood.  That evening, in a Spanish-language liturgy, amidst a cloud of incense and much support and love in a small urban church in the city of Durham, North Carolina, I committed myself to the role and responsibilities of being a priest in our church as described in the ordination service in our Book of Common Prayer. During the part of the service called “The Examination,” Bishop Michael Curry charged me to take my share in the councils of the Church. At the Celebration of New Ministry we celebrated together in June of 2011 here at St. Stephen’s, a colleague in ministry presented me with a copy of the Canons of this church and charged me to take my place in the councils of the diocese (BCP 562).

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