Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of  September 25, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Burundi

Our Leaders: Joseph Biden, President of the United States; Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State; Gary McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady

Our Church Leaders: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop; Michael G. Smith and Carol Gallagher, Assisting Bishops; and Allison de Kanel, our lay reader

Those who are in need of strength and healing: Mary Ann Harrington, David Humphrey, Marilyn Causey, Eunice Chouffi, Mary Frances Hatfield, Vincent Avila, Priscilla Sprague, June Russell, Bill Frank, Susie Olsen, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Tammy Ruscitto

Those who celebrate baptismal anniversaries this week: Austin Spang, Oto Jones

Those who have died: Robert Doolittle, Dorothy Oswald, Helen Witherow, Donald Frost, Alfred Lowe, John Rigley, Angus Lighthall, Ronald Marrotta, Robert Saulpaugh, Harry Collins, Lawrence Peterson, Ralph Shenton

This week’s Lessons

COLLECT

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria. Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music; who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

PSALM 146

1 Hallelujah!

  Praise the Lord, O my soul! *

     I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

     I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *

     for there is no help in them.

3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *

     and in that day their thoughts perish.

4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *

     whose hope is in the Lord their God;

5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in   them;*

     who keeps his promise for ever;

6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *

     and food to those who hunger.

7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;

  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *

     the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

8 The Lord loves the righteous;

  the Lord cares for the stranger; *

     he sustains the orphan and widow,

     but frustrates the way of the wicked.

9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *

     your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

     Hallelujah!

SECOND LESSON

1 Timothy 6:6-19

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with

contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.   

THIRD LESSON

Luke 16:19-31

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during

your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things;  but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house– for I have five brothers–that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude Prelude Herzog

Opening Hymn #427

Musical Offering O Praise the Lord Larson

Office Hymn #LEV #184

Closing Hymn #558

Postlude My Soul, Bless Thy Maker Buxtehude

Current Announcements

Lectors:   Peter Nelson, Don Csaposs

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

9/25 Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

10/1- @ 11 am, blessing of the pets, Father Marshall Vang

10/2- Father Marshall Vang

10/9- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/16-Father Marshall Vang

10/23- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/30- Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

11/6- Father Marshall Vang

11/13- Mother Sally Heiligman

11/20-Father Marshall Vang

11/24-Thanksgiving service-Father Marshall Vang

11/27- Mother Sally Heiligman

Blessing of Pets – In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Vang will be on the front lawn of the church to bless pets on Saturday, October 1, at 11 am. All species are welcome. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors. Leashes or cages, please.

The Vestry Minutes can now be found in the secure area of our website.  Visit https://st-stephens.church/vestry-minutes/ to see what the Vestry has been up to.  We will also be posting the minutes on the bulletin board next to Begley Hall.

Street Soldiers – We will be making lunches for Street Soldiers after the 9:30 service on TODAY in the Parish Hall.  All are welcome to help.  If possible, please consider bringing an individually packaged snack or fruit / vegetable to add to each bag.  We typically make about 25 lunches. 

This Wednesday– September 28, we will be making lunches at St. Joseph’s Place, 837 Albany Street, from 9 to 10 am.  Please let Richey Woodzell know if you’re interested in helping.

Coffee Hour – Please consider signing up to either make coffee or clean up after coffee hour on the homepage of our website. Bring a snack to share whenever you can and are willing.

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting dry dog food and dry cat food this month..  Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on

Adult (and youth) Education Opportunities in our area-

Registration Now Open for the Albany Diocese Daughters of the King Assembly Saturday November 5, 20229:00am – 3:30pmRegistration at 8:30am Christ the King Center, Greenwich, NYGreat Hall & Chapel Registration form: https://files.constantcontact.com/2f974ad1701/78568058-0532-41c5-a1e6-1951df525dc5.pdf

 Annual Bible Symposium: The Rev. Dr. James Haddix on Isaiah November 5 | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Please join us for our Annual Bible Symposium with The Rev. Dr. James Haddix and his presentation, “Seeing & Knowing: Isaiah’s Visions of Sight, Sense, and Sound in Shifting Times.” Tickets must be purchased online by Oct. 29 to include lunch.https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/bible-symposium-2022
   Fall Retreat at Beaver CrossOctober 7-10 All the fun of a week of camp – crammed into one awesome weekend retreat!This is BC: Fall Edition. Drop off: Friday Oct 7, 6:30 p.m. Pick up: Monday Oct 10, 2:30 p.m.For: Jr. Fall Edition: 3rd – 7th Grade       Sr. Fall Edition: 8th – 12th Grade PRICE: $180/ per person https://www.beavercrossministries.org/   Annual Bible Symposium: The Rev. Dr. James Haddix on IsaiahNovember 5 | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Please join us for our Annual Bible Symposium with The Rev. Dr. James Haddix and his presentation, “Seeing & Knowing: Isaiah’s Visions of Sight, Sense, and Sound in Shifting Times.” Tickets must be purchased online by Oct. 29 to include lunch.   https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/bible-symposium-2022 

Reminders

Prayerbook Morning Prayer in Zoom – each morning – contact Becky Holder for the link:   becky.holder@gmail.com.

Our office email is: office@st-stephens.church.

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be at your back,

May the sun shine upon your face,

he rains fall soft upon soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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