Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of January 29, 2023

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Intercessions this Week

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Pakistan (United)

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, Marilyn Causey, Eunice Chouffi, Mary Frances Hatfield, Vincent Avila, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphrey Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Dan Schuldt

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Christine Nelson

Those who celebrate anniversaries this week: Mary & Harvey Alexander

Those who have died: Edwin Tolan, Lee Doolittle, Olive Maloy, Donald Humphrey

This week’s Lessons and Prayers

4 Epiphany

The Collect and Scripture Readings for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

FIRST LESSON

Micah 6:1-8

Hear what the LORD says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD.”

“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

THE PSALM

Psalm 15

1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?

2 Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.

3 There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.

4 In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the Lord.

5 He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.

6 He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

7 Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.

SECOND LESSON

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

GOSPEL

Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” 

News and Updates 

Music Today 

Prelude                   Prière à Notre-Dame         Boëllmann                                        

Opening Hymn                                           #440

Sequence hymn                                                                            #441

Offertory Anthem                        Offertory                                 Beck 

Closing Hymn                                           #556

Postlude                             Toccata in A minor                     Sweelinck

Current Announcements

Ushers: Dorreen May and William Olsen

Lectors: Sammy and Dan Schuldt                          

Celebrant: Mother Sally Heiligman  

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

2/5-Father Marshall Vang + lector training following the service

2/12-Mother Sally Heiligman + lector training following the service

2/19-Father Marshall Vang

2/22 @5:30 -Father Marshall Vang- Ash Wednesday 

The St. Stephen’s congregation is invited to a Candlemas service at St. George’s, 30 N Ferry St, Schenectady, on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00PM. Candlemas commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple of Jerusalem, referring to him as the light of the people of Israel. Fr. Vang will be the celebrant. A combined St. Stephen’s / St. George’s choir will sing. This is a wonderful way to join our neighbors in the Stockade for this holy day celebration.

SICM – During January we will be collecting soup for the Rev. Phil Pantry.  The pantry is also in need of disposable diapers (e.g. Pampers) in sizes 3, 4 and 5.

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.

Ongoing adult education opportunities


A Retreat Opportunity in February

Foundations of Benedictine SpiritualityFor New and Returning Retreatants at Christ the King Center

Retreat leaders are The Rt. Rev. Michael Smith and Pat Stone
Additional presenters include The Rev. Meaghan Keegan,
The Very Rev. Tom Malionek and The Rev. Marian Sive

Two sessions for you to choose the one that fits your schedule
Weekday: Wednesday, February 1-3, 2023 
Weekend: Friday – Sunday, February 3-5, 2023 
More info here




Tree of Life Seminar with The Rev. Dr. Ellen Neufeld
February 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 12:00 PM
Wisdom…is a Tree of Life for those who grasp Her~Proverbs 3:18
This seminar is for anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God by growing into a deeper experience of prayer. The Heart is the deep place within us where we find the presence of God and our true selves in Him. We will explore together the simple ways in which this encounter becomes real. God wants this relationship with all His people – you do not need to be a special “mystic” or have unusual experiences. The Holy Spirit will teach us as we listen to Him.Each session will include: Presentation of material, Discussion, Presentation, direction and practice of prayer of the heart, Opportunity for healing of the heart, Time for personal prayer of the Heart
4-week class includes lunch and program – $100
RegiRegister Here: https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001e_1Gt8rS5JOnp3IUtGwSQZeKU8B8JVR-_q1M9yKuN6xIS-u5s75gthj55D92ruTPbioMn8gKhD9GTViBuX4riS6RgSgADqvZ8Ge_bfHT69HR2W5p3FGrDEkuqOyZWW6ojqm8X-1LNxlHTDnsjx5RnR9TcoPb25sYMh95M0ywqwWS5VKqTg0AB8ZUOQWhIJExXzLlaCupQGc=&c=U-sQEaYHEbI5RSxZvRAPwyLsA12OgzBp6qv5FijzKQTaIbRFZ41ovA==&ch=-uhJkqIAJn13sqjhb1sOLX-l4MpS5BbxbIDmy6kVh6cB-UlQZV0lfA==




A Day of Quiet and Healing
February 11, 2023 | 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Join us for a peaceful day of soaking prayer in the Healing Center. This ministry is free of charge although donations are certainly appreciated.
Lunch is available for purchase at $16 per person. You may make a reservation when you register. Pay at the door.
Register Here: https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001e_1Gt8rS5JOnp3IUtGwSQZeKU8B8JVR-_q1M9yKuN6xIS-u5s75gthj55D92ruTPyhOymV3IjGFgLs9dr0jYiFkJHBLasTjzHH4h6You_HObXNZ5ePtiPH43I7u4MOS_IYgXNahOQrP_MW-72U62WAVDq7Zjh-MSWGReXqeAixpoA0Bg0tLbycWJbwrDsv9xalt4oC0wnlymXzcsl2r8qw==&c=U-sQEaYHEbI5RSxZvRAPwyLsA12OgzBp6qv5FijzKQTaIbRFZ41ovA==&ch=-uhJkqIAJn13sqjhb1sOLX-l4MpS5BbxbIDmy6kVh6cB-UlQZV0lfA==


The Chalice of Repose Project Lenten Retreat
Tuesdays beginning Feb 28 | 7:00-8:30 PM
An exploration of beauty through the Gospels, pastoral care and liturgical arts with artist-in-residence Therese Schroeder-Sheker. Therese is a Benedictine oblate, educator and writer on music-in medicine, contemplative musicianship, and the theology of women mystics. She is also founder of The Chalice of Repose Project which “lovingly cares for the physical and spiritual needs of the dying with prescriptive music.” The class meets for six 1 1/2 hour sessions on Tuesdays at 7PM on Zoom. Begins February 28.Please register early as the class is limited to ten participants.Partial scholarships are available.
Email arts@cathedralofallsaints.org with questions.Register here: https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/chalice-of-repose-project





Beaver Cross Camp meets the winter in our SonShine Retreats! These retreats will be running over school winter break, middle school and high school students, will be playing epic games, having inspiring worship, prayer, and engaging with teachings. All of this to have fun, build community in Christ, and draw closer to Jesus!Jr. Sonshine: 3rd – 7th Grade | Sr. Sonshine: 8th – 12th Grade
Register here:https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001CA9z8Jf1bKfIpk0cCzEYmB9v0OJ2YhMU-4Fch9gcbyDzvBUkauNorJiDo7bP61qqYRygqun330hyZOGNU4WVqCbKg5Xr0pTkaBgnu4X3JFN2iLLHWvQc6PBRK9bXl-gd3D7DAD5S7yF30TGn9BZmuZ3p27NZZjhvikNdjYdG_PAx5cnImYSPcA==&c=KwMg3Z8LdOVCzsPRhkiOdD_EPmSm65gpiOieGMtkLenQVfOYQ4oyjA==&ch=j0G7MYUwVO9ILPor1zVeuu8lpHnvxqRIWgFrSDNjE4jbUnlVZvWs7w==

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of January 22, 2023

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Intercessions this Week

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of North India (United)

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, Marilyn Causey, Eunice Chouffi, Mary Frances Hatfield, Vincent Avila, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphrey Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Marshall Cohen, Carolyn Morin

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: William Fronk

Those who have died: Pierre Bleecker, Jane Tatge, Emilie Voelker, Jesse Dipley, Gladys Wilcox, Josefina Nevius 

This week’s Lessons and Prayers

3 Epiphany 

The Collect and Scripture Readings for the Third  Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

Psalm 27:1, 5-13

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
the Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom then shall I be afraid?

5 One thing have I asked of the Lord;
one thing I seek; *
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;

6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
and to seek him in his temple.

7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
and set me high upon a rock.

8 Even now he lifts up my head *
above my enemies round about me.

9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; *
have mercy on me and answer me.

11 You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *
Your face, Lord, will I seek.

12 Hide not your face from me, *
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.

13 You have been my helper;
cast me not away; *
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 9:1-4

There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined.  You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 

SECOND LESSON

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

THIRD LESSON

Matthew 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles– the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea– for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

COLLECT

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

News and Updates 

Music Today 

Prelude                                 Pastorale                                      Haan

Opening Hymn                                                                           #539

Musical Offering           Come, Follow Me           Kupferschmid       Marina (Boschi) Pero, violin

Musical Offering         Take My Yoke Upon You        Williams/Nolan

Closing Hymn #550

Postlude                             March Pontificale                     Lemmens

Current Announcements

Ushers: V Hoshko, P Nelson

Lectors:  R Woodzell,  P Nelson                         

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

1/29-Mother Sally Heiligman

2/5-Father Marshall Vang + lector training following the service

2/12-Mother Sally Heiligman + lector training following the service

2/19-Father Marshall Vang

2/22 @5:30 -Father Marshall Vang- Ash Wednesday 

2/26-Mother Sally Heiligman

Today we welcome Marina (Boschi) Pero as our guest violinist. Marina has played the violin since she was six years old. She has performed with the Skidmore College Symphony Orchestra and received a scholarship to play with the Marist College Symphony Orchestra. Marina lives in Niskayuna with her husband Kyle. 

Street Soldiers Lunch Making – We will be making lunches for street soldiers after the service TODAY, 1/22. Please consider joining us in the Parish Hall after morning prayer to help!

SICM – During January we will be collecting soup for the Rev. Phil Pantry.  The pantry is also in need of disposable diapers (e.g. Pampers) in sizes 3, 4 and 5.

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.

Ongoing adult education opportunities


A Retreat Opportunity in February

Foundations of Benedictine SpiritualityFor New and Returning Retreatants at Christ the King Center

Retreat leaders are The Rt. Rev. Michael Smith and Pat Stone
Additional presenters include The Rev. Meaghan Keegan,
The Very Rev. Tom Malionek and The Rev. Marian Sive

Two sessions for you to choose the one that fits your schedule
Weekday: Wednesday, February 1-3, 2023 
Weekend: Friday – Sunday, February 3-5, 2023 
More info here




Tree of Life Seminar with The Rev. Dr. Ellen Neufeld
February 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 12:00 PM
Wisdom…is a Tree of Life for those who grasp Her~Proverbs 3:18
This seminar is for anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God by growing into a deeper experience of prayer. The Heart is the deep place within us where we find the presence of God and our true selves in Him. We will explore together the simple ways in which this encounter becomes real. God wants this relationship with all His people – you do not need to be a special “mystic” or have unusual experiences. The Holy Spirit will teach us as we listen to Him.Each session will include: Presentation of material, Discussion, Presentation, direction and practice of prayer of the heart, Opportunity for healing of the heart, Time for personal prayer of the Heart
4-week class includes lunch and program – $100
RegiRegister Here: https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001e_1Gt8rS5JOnp3IUtGwSQZeKU8B8JVR-_q1M9yKuN6xIS-u5s75gthj55D92ruTPbioMn8gKhD9GTViBuX4riS6RgSgADqvZ8Ge_bfHT69HR2W5p3FGrDEkuqOyZWW6ojqm8X-1LNxlHTDnsjx5RnR9TcoPb25sYMh95M0ywqwWS5VKqTg0AB8ZUOQWhIJExXzLlaCupQGc=&c=U-sQEaYHEbI5RSxZvRAPwyLsA12OgzBp6qv5FijzKQTaIbRFZ41ovA==&ch=-uhJkqIAJn13sqjhb1sOLX-l4MpS5BbxbIDmy6kVh6cB-UlQZV0lfA==




A Day of Quiet and Healing
February 11, 2023 | 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Join us for a peaceful day of soaking prayer in the Healing Center. This ministry is free of charge although donations are certainly appreciated.
Lunch is available for purchase at $16 per person. You may make a reservation when you register. Pay at the door.
Register Here: https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001e_1Gt8rS5JOnp3IUtGwSQZeKU8B8JVR-_q1M9yKuN6xIS-u5s75gthj55D92ruTPyhOymV3IjGFgLs9dr0jYiFkJHBLasTjzHH4h6You_HObXNZ5ePtiPH43I7u4MOS_IYgXNahOQrP_MW-72U62WAVDq7Zjh-MSWGReXqeAixpoA0Bg0tLbycWJbwrDsv9xalt4oC0wnlymXzcsl2r8qw==&c=U-sQEaYHEbI5RSxZvRAPwyLsA12OgzBp6qv5FijzKQTaIbRFZ41ovA==&ch=-uhJkqIAJn13sqjhb1sOLX-l4MpS5BbxbIDmy6kVh6cB-UlQZV0lfA==


The Chalice of Repose Project Lenten Retreat
Tuesdays beginning Feb 28 | 7:00-8:30 PM
An exploration of beauty through the Gospels, pastoral care and liturgical arts with artist-in-residence Therese Schroeder-Sheker. Therese is a Benedictine oblate, educator and writer on music-in medicine, contemplative musicianship, and the theology of women mystics. She is also founder of The Chalice of Repose Project which “lovingly cares for the physical and spiritual needs of the dying with prescriptive music.” The class meets for six 1 1/2 hour sessions on Tuesdays at 7PM on Zoom. Begins February 28.Please register early as the class is limited to ten participants.Partial scholarships are available.
Email arts@cathedralofallsaints.org with questions.Register here: https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/chalice-of-repose-project





Beaver Cross Camp meets the winter in our SonShine Retreats! These retreats will be running over school winter break, middle school and high school students, will be playing epic games, having inspiring worship, prayer, and engaging with teachings. All of this to have fun, build community in Christ, and draw closer to Jesus!Jr. Sonshine: 3rd – 7th Grade | Sr. Sonshine: 8th – 12th Grade
Register here:https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001CA9z8Jf1bKfIpk0cCzEYmB9v0OJ2YhMU-4Fch9gcbyDzvBUkauNorJiDo7bP61qqYRygqun330hyZOGNU4WVqCbKg5Xr0pTkaBgnu4X3JFN2iLLHWvQc6PBRK9bXl-gd3D7DAD5S7yF30TGn9BZmuZ3p27NZZjhvikNdjYdG_PAx5cnImYSPcA==&c=KwMg3Z8LdOVCzsPRhkiOdD_EPmSm65gpiOieGMtkLenQVfOYQ4oyjA==&ch=j0G7MYUwVO9ILPor1zVeuu8lpHnvxqRIWgFrSDNjE4jbUnlVZvWs7w==

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Annual Report:

Digital Copy of Annual Report 2022.pdf

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of January 15, 2023

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Intercessions this Week

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Nigeria (Anglican

Communion)

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, Marilyn Causey, Eunice Chouffi, Mary Frances Hatfield, Vincent Avila, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphrey Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Katre Riordon,  Andrei Crates, Dan Ruscitto

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Samuel Schuldt, Peter Nelson

Those who have died: George Horch, Donald Molino, Arnette Smith, 

Frances L. Spain, David Humphrey 

This week’s Lessons and Prayers

2 Epiphany

The Collect and Scripture Readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany,  Year A

COLLECT

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 49:1-7

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God.” And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength– he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel;  I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” 

PSALM 40:1-12

1   I waited patiently upon the LORD; *

      he stooped to me and heard my cry.

2   He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay;*

      he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.

3   He put a new song in my mouth,

    a song of praise to our God; *

      many shall see, and stand in awe,

      and put their trust in the LORD.

4   Happy are they who trust in the LORD! *

      they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.

5   Great things are they that you have done, O LORD my God!

    how great your wonders and your plans for us!  *

      there is none who can be compared with you.

6   Oh, that I could make them known and tell them!  *

      but they are more than I can count.

7   In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure *

      (you have given me ears to hear you);

8   Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, *

      and so I said, “Behold, I come.

9   In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *

      ‘I love to do your will, O my God;

       your law is deep in my heart.”‘

10  I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; *

      behold, I did not restrain my lips;

      and that, O LORD, you know.

11  Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;

    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *

      I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the

                      great congregation.

12 You are the Lord;
do not withhold your compassion from me; *
let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever.

SECOND LESSON

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind– just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you– so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

GOSPEL

John 1:29-42

The day after John had baptized Jesus, John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared,, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two

disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

News and Updates 

Music Today 

Prelude                             Adagio                           Bach/Biggs                                        

Opening Hymn                                               #7

Sequence hymn:                                                                            #124

Offertory Anthem           Take My Yoke Upon You       Williams/Nolan 

Closing Hymn                                   LEV #136

Postlude                              Father in Heaven                      Buxtehude

Current Announcements

Ushers: V Hoshko, D Crates

Lectors: J Palko,  M Gittinger                           

Celebrant: Father Marshall Vang 

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

1/22-Allison de Kanel – Morning Prayer – Street Soldiers Lunch Making

1/29-Mother Sally Heiligman

Annual Meeting – Please plan to join us for our annual meeting TODAY in the parish hall following the service.

Street Soldiers Lunch Making – We will be making lunches for street soldiers after the service next Sunday, 1/22. Please consider bringing a wrapped snack/dessert, or piece of fruit to put in the bags, or join us after the service to help make lunches, or both! 

First Friends is holding an open house on Saturday, January 21 from 10-12. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested.

SICM – During January we will be collecting soup for the Rev. Phil Pantry.  The pantry is also in need of disposable diapers (e.g. Pampers) in sizes 3, 4 and 5.

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

January Messenger:  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iFnmpDQFCPSEejkmTY3Ch62baoTIPqFs/view?usp=sharing

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of January 8, 2023

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Prayers of the People

For people who are sad this holiday season, that they may find comfort; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the people of Ukraine and Russia, that they find peace this holiday season; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the President, Joe Biden, and other political leaders, and for our church leaders, that they continue to do a good job leading us this year; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For Schenectady and Niskayuna, for every city and community, and for those who live in them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the people in our country and around the world who have had natural disasters, especially the people in Buffalo, may they receive the help they need to survive; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all of the animals who are in shelters or on the streets, that they may find a loving home; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who travel on land, on water, in the air, and through outer space; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For teachers and students, keep them safe from violence; let us pray to the lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the elderly and ill, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For people who have passed away that we hold in our hearts, may they rest with Jesus in peace; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Written and / or compiled by Sammy & Maddie Schuldt, and Harry Ruscitto.

Additional Intercessions this Week

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma)

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, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphrey Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Peter Klepeis, Lisa McDonald, Laura Fronk, Jane Vinehout

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Madeleine Schuldt, Richard Stefanski

Those who have died: Helen Oyer, Dave Stevens, Richard Causey

This week’s Lessons and Prayers

The Epiphany of Our Lord

The Collect and Scripture Readings for Epiphany Sunday, 

Year A

COLLECT

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD. 

PSALM 72:1-7,10-14

1   Give the King your justice, O God, *

       and your righteousness to the King’s Son;

 That he may rule your people righteously *

      and the poor with justice;

3   That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *

      and the little hills bring righteousness.

4   He shall defend the needy among the people; *

      he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.

5   He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *

      from one generation to another.

6   He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *

      like showers that water the earth.

7   In his time shall the righteous flourish; *

      there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall

                      be no more.

10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *

        and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.

11  All kings shall bow down before him, *

       and all the nations do him service.

12  For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *

      and the oppressed who has no helper.

13  He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *

      he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *

      and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

SECOND LESSON

Ephesians 3:1-12

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

GOSPEL

Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel. ‘”Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

News and Updates 

Music Today 

Prelude                   Procession of the Magi                        Fish                                        

Opening Hymn                                           #119

Children’s Song             Drummer Boy     

   Djembe-Tim Olsen, Percussion- William Olsen, Bass- Pierce Olsen

Offertory Hymn                                                                            # 128

Closing Hymn                                           #135

Postlude     We are Marching in the Light of God    S. African/Behnke 

Current Announcements

Greeters: Maddie Schuldt and Harry Ruscitto

Ushers: Pierce and William Olsen

Acolyte: Frankie Ruscitto

Lectors: Teddy Ruscitto and Kiely Olsen                             

Celebrant: Mother Sally Heiligman

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

1/15-Father Marshall Vang – Annual Meeting following the service

1/22-Mother Sally Heiligman

1/29-Allison de Kanel – Morning Prayer

Annual Report and Annual Meeting –  If you have an article for the annual report please email it to Bethany by today (office@st-stephens.church). Save the date – our annual meeting will take place on January 15, 2023 in the parish hall.

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.


Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment.Lunches at Christ the King Center
Cathedral In Bloom January 13-15, 2023 Cathedral in Bloom, the area’s
premier flower show, is back! Enjoy the glory of the architecture of The
Cathedral of All Saints combined with the talents of the some of the Capital
Region’s and northeast’s floral artists. Regardless of the weather outside, it
will be Spring inside the Cathedral! Dozens of floral displays, workshops and
presentations will be offered by floral professionals. Guided and self- tours, a
cafe, and a flower market will welcome you, along with organ recitals with
music inspired by flowers. Special tickets for a Champagne Gala on Friday
Evening and a Saturday Afternoon Tea are available and must be purchased
days in advance. New in 2023 is a ticket for admission to all three days of the
event, and a raffle. General and Senior Admission tickets are good for only one
of any of the three days of the event and may be purchased at the door.
Children under ten will be admitted for free. Tickets are nonrefundable and
nontransferable. Questions: bloom@cathedralofallsaints.org 

  
Tree of Life Seminar with The Rev. Dr. Ellen Neufeld 
February 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 12:00 PM Wisdom…is a Tree of Life for those who
grasp Her~Proverbs 3:18 This seminar is for anyone who desires to grow in
their relationship with God by growing into a deeper experience of prayer.
The Heart is the deep place within us where we find the presence of God and
our true selves in Him. We will explore together the simple ways in which this encounter becomes real. God wants this relationship with all His people – you do not need to be a special “mystic” or
have unusual experiences. The Holy Spirit will teach us as we listen to Him.
Each session will include: Presentation of material, Discussion, Presentation, direction and practice of prayer of the heart, Opportunity for healing of the heart, Time for personal prayer of the Heart 
4-week class includes lunch and program – $100 Register Here: https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001e_1Gt8rS5JOnp3IUtGwSQZeKU8B8JVR-_q1M9yKuN6xIS-u5s75gthj55D92ruTPbioMn8gKhD9GTViBuX4riS6RgSgADqvZ8Ge_bfHT69HR2W5p3FGrDEkuqOyZWW6ojqm8X-1LNxlHTDnsjx5RnR9TcoPb25sYMh95M0ywqwWS5VKqTg0AB8ZUOQWhIJExXzLlaCupQGc=&c=U-sQEaYHEbI5RSxZvRAPwyLsA12OgzBp6qv5FijzKQTaIbRFZ41ovA==&ch=-uhJkqIAJn13sqjhb1sOLX-l4MpS5BbxbIDmy6kVh6cB-UlQZV0lfA==  

 
  A Day of Quiet and Healing February 11, 2023 | 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Join us for
a peaceful day of soaking prayer in the Healing Center. This ministry is free
of charge although donations are certainly appreciated. Lunch is available for purchase at $16 per person. You may make a reservation when you register. Pay at the door. Register Here: https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001e_1Gt8rS5JOnp3IUtGwSQZeKU8B8JVR-_q1M9yKuN6xIS-u5s75gthj55D92ruTPyhOymV3IjGFgLs9dr0jYiFkJHBLasTjzHH4h6You_HObXNZ5ePtiPH43I7u4MOS_IYgXNahOQrP_MW-72U62WAVDq7Zjh-MSWGReXqeAixpoA0Bg0tLbycWJbwrDsv9xalt4oC0wnlymXzcsl2r8qw==&c=U-sQEaYHEbI5RSxZvRAPwyLsA12OgzBp6qv5FijzKQTaIbRFZ41ovA==&ch=-uhJkqIAJn13sqjhb1sOLX-l4MpS5BbxbIDmy6kVh6cB-UlQZV0lfA==   

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of January 1, 2023

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico (The Anglican Church of Mexico)

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, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder,Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphrey Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Emma Klepeis, Jamie Cooke, William Ranslow, Robert Bailey, Dennie Bennett, Pierce Olsen

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Chris Morin, Shirley Gretz

Those who have died: Sondra Grady, Stewart Vanda, Dawn Schlansker, Betty McCullough

This week’s Lessons and Prayers

The Holy Name  

The Collect and Lessons Appointed for Use on the Feast of The Holy Name

COLLECT

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

FIRST LESSON

Numbers 6:22-27

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them. 

PSALM 8

1 O Lord our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens

3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger.

4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?

6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;

7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet: 

8 All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field,

9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

10 O Lord our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

SECOND LESSON

Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God  as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself  and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.  Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name  that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

GOSPEL

Luke 2:15-21

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

News and Updates 

Music Today 

Prelude                  I Wonder as I Wander                 Lasky                                      

Opening Hymn                                             #93

Sequence Hymn                               # 109

Offertory Anthem  Were You There on That Christmas Night?   Sleeth

Closing Hymn                                             #87

Postlude                        Go, Tell It on the Mountain             Manz

Current Announcements

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

1/8 – Mother Sally Heiligman – Children’s service

1/15-Father Marshall Vang

1/22-Mother Sally Heiligman

1/29-Allison de Kanel – Morning Prayer

Current Announcements

Lectors: C Jones  & P. Nelson                       Celebrant: Father Marshall Vang

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

1/8 – Mother Sally Heiligman – Children’s Service

1/15-Father Marshall Vang

1/22-Mother Sally Heiligman

1/29-Allison de Kanel – Morning Prayer

Annual Report and Annual Meeting –  If you have an article for the annual report please email it to Bethany by January 8 at the latest  (office@st-stephens.church). Save the date – our annual meeting will take place on January 15, 2023 in the parish hall.

Advent Outreach –  During Advent we collected money for UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine.  Our goal was to raise $1,000 by Christmas.  To date we have raised $1,300! You may make final contributions by check or cash in the offering plate or in the box in the nave extension.  Make checks out to St. Stephen’s Church, marked for UNICEF.  Your donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection. We also raised $125 for Street Soldiers. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.

Christmas Altar Flowers also given by Evan Love.


Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment.Lunches at Christ the King Center
        
   

Cathedral In Bloom January 13-15, 2023 Cathedral in Bloom, the area’s premier flower show, is back! Enjoy the glory of the architecture of The Cathedral of All Saints combined with the talents of the some of the Capital Region’s and northeast’s floral artists. Regardless of the weather outside, it will be Spring inside the Cathedral! Dozens of floral displays, workshops and presentations will be offered by floral professionals. Guided and self- tours, a cafe, and a flower market will welcome you, along with organ recitals with music inspired by flowers. Special tickets for a Champagne Gala on Friday Evening and a Saturday Afternoon Tea are available and must be purchased days in advance. New in 2023 is a ticket for admission to all three days of the event, and a raffle. General and Senior Admission tickets are good for only one of any of the three days of the event and may be purchased at the door. Children under ten will be admitted for free. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Questions: bloom@cathedralofallsaints.org 

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of December 24, 2022

DecemberMessenger:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tbpw-x3pd_xMFn7hSRpTFHt2Sz_xQmEX/view?usp=sharing

A note from our Senior Warden:

St. Stephens Family,

A quick update from the Vestry.  We are officially interviewing a candidate for Interim Rector.  We have had an initial phone interview and will be going forward with further interviews.  For now, we need to keep his/her identity confidential but I’ll provide more details when I can pass them along.

I also wanted to give an update about the fire system.  A couple Sundays ago we had quite the disruptive service and I want to assure you we are working on permanently fixing the problem.  The original cause of the malfunction has been fixed by our plumbed.  The fire system box needs to be replaced and we already have a quote and will be working with the vendor to get it fixed asap.

Thank you to Austin, Paul and Ron for working with our contractors and helping fix the issue

If you have any questions feel free to email me at: Daniel.Schuldt@gmail.com

Thanks,

Dan

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  The Anglican Church of Melanesia

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, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphrey Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Ron Michelson, Denise Crates

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Suzanne Taylor, Louise Peake, Tammy Ruscitto, Robert Bailey, Salvatore Belardo, Thomas Bennett, Marilyn Causey, Stephanie Grimason, Marilyn Humphrey, Marguerite MacDougall, Sara Palko, Linda Perregaux,  Paul Pratico, Marti Spang, Liz Stevens, Gillian Woodcock

Those who have died:Margaret Collins, Suzanne Fleischmann, Anna Kastensmith,  Solon Duff,  Helen Bradish, Lillian Peterson, Isabella Dewhurst, Burleigh Douglass,  Ida Rossiter

This week’s Lessons and Prayers

Christmas Eve 

The Collect and Scripture Readings for Christmas Eve

COLLECT

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 9:2-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

PSALM 96

1   Sing to the LORD a new song; *

      sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.

2   Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *

      proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.

3   Declare his glory among the nations *

      and his wonders among all peoples.

4   For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *

      he is more to be feared than all gods.

5   As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *

      but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

6   Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *

      Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!

7   Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *

      ascribe to the LORD honor and power.

8   Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; *

      bring offerings and come into his courts.

9   Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; *

      let the whole earth tremble before him.

10  Tell it out among the nations: “The LORD is King! *

he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;

       he will judge the peoples with equity.”

11  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

    let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *

      let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

12  Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

    before the LORD when he comes, *

      when he comes to judge the earth.

13  He will judge the world with righteousness *

      and the peoples with his truth.

SECOND LESSON

Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,

training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

GOSPEL

Luke 2:1-20

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a

child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And

suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly

host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest

heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Blessing of the Creche:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, as we meet to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us pray that God  will bless this creche, that all who worship his Son, born of the Virgin Mary, may come to share his life in glory. God our Father, on this night your Son Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary for is and for our salvation: Bless this creche, which we have prepared to celebrate that holy birth; may all who see it be strengthened in faith and receive the fullness of life he came to bring, who is alive and reigns for ever. Amen.

The Prayers of the People for Christmas Eve

Celebrant:  In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Leader:  Father, in this holy night your Son our Savior was born in human flesh. Renew your Church as the Body of Christ. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

There was no room for your Son in the inn. Protect with your love

those who have no home and all who live in poverty. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 Mary, in the pain of labor, brought your Son to birth. Hold in your hand all who are in pain or distress. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 Your Christ came as a light shining in the darkness. Bring comfort to all who suffer in the sadness of our world. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 The angels sang, “Peace to God’s people on earth.” Strengthen those who work for peace and justice. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 Shepherds in the field heard tidings of joy. Give us grace to preach the

Gospel of Christ’s redemption. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Strangers found the Holy Family and saw the baby lying in the manger.

Bless our homes and all those we love. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

 Heaven is come down to earth and earth is raised to heaven. Hold in your

Hand all those who have passed through death in the hope of your coming kingdom. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Christians the world over celebrate Christ’s birth. Open our hearts that he

may be born in us today. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Celebrant:  Father, angels and shepherds worshiped at the manger throne. Receive the worship we offer with Mary, Joseph, and all the saints through him who is your Word made flesh, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

*Note Christmas Day Lessons are the same as Christmas Eve except for the Collect which follows:

COLLECT

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

News and Updates 

Music Today for Christmas Eve

Prelude              Joyous Christmas Medley                     Smith

                         Tim Olsen, piano       Susan Lohnas, organ                    

Opening Hymn                                             #96

Choral Anthem                     Baby In a Manger          Williams/Nolan

Offertory Hymn                    #111

Closing Hymn                                           #100

Postlude                                        Noel                                  D’Aquin

Lectors: Ryan and Sam Abel

Celebrant: Father Marshall Vang

Time: 5:00

Music Today for Christmas Day

Prelude                 He Shall Feed His Flock                  Handel                                       

Opening Hymn                                             #83

Sequence Hymn                               # 84

Offertory Hymn                                                                            # 101 

Closing Hymn                                             #107

Postlude                                In Dulci Jubilo                                  Bach

Lector: D Lohnas

Celebrant: Mother Sally Heiligman

Time: 9:30

Current Announcements

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

1/1 – Father Marshall Vang

1/8 – Mother Sally Heiligman – Children’s service

1/15-Father Marshall Vang

1/22-Mother Sally Heiligman

1/29-Allison de Kanel – Morning Prayer

Advent Outreach –  During Advent we collected money for UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine.  Our goal was to raise $1,000 by Christmas.  To date we have raised $1,280! You may make final contributions by check or cash in the offering plate or in the box in the nave extension.  Make checks out to St. Stephen’s Church, marked for UNICEF.  Your donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.

Christmas Flowers and Greens

The greens and poinsettias that adorn our church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory and in Thanksgiving for God’s blessings

Given by

David & Suzanne Taylor 

Marilyn Hymphrey  – for Don & Samantha Humphrey

Millie Gittinger

Sal & Diana Belardo – in memory of  Anthony & Mary 

          Belardo, William & Mary Buckley, and loved ones

Father Marshall Vang – as a thanks offering for the people 

          of St. Stephen’s

Sara & Joe Palko – as a thanks offering for their

          grandchildren – Luke, Rece, Tate, Julia, Jamie &

          Drew


Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment.Lunches at Christ the King Center
        
  
 Cathedral In Bloom January 13-15, 2023 Cathedral in Bloom, the area’s premier flower show, is back! Enjoy the glory of the architecture of The Cathedral of All Saints combined with the talents of the some of the Capital Region’s and northeast’s floral artists. Regardless of the weather outside, it will be Spring inside the Cathedral! Dozens of floral displays, workshops and presentations will be offered by floral professionals. Guided and self- tours, a cafe, and a flower market will welcome you, along with organ recitals with music inspired by flowers. Special tickets for a Champagne Gala on Friday Evening and a Saturday Afternoon Tea are available and must be purchased days in advance. New in 2023 is a ticket for admission to all three days of the event, and a raffle. General and Senior Admission tickets are good for only one of any of the three days of the event and may be purchased at the door. Children under ten will be admitted for free. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Questions: bloom@cathedralofallsaints.org 

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of December 18, 2022

DecemberMessenger:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tbpw-x3pd_xMFn7hSRpTFHt2Sz_xQmEX/view?usp=sharing

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  The Anglican Church of Korea

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, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder,Sal Belardo, Samantha Humphrey & the Humphery Family, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Shirley Gretz

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: George Woodzell

Those who celebrate wedding anniversaries this week: Linda & Gerald Perreguax

Those who have died: Gertrude Welter, Clifford Santer, Gladys Titterington,  Jeffery Knight

Advent Wreath Candle Lighting

Celebrant: God our Father,  the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of your Son.  Though Mary was afraid, she responded to your call with joy. Help us, whom you call to serve you, to share like her in your work of bringing to our world your love and healing. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the light who is coming into the world.

People: Amen.

The Celebrant how lights the fourth candle in silence.

Officiant and People: Lord Jesus, light of the world, blessed is Gabriel, who brought good news;  Blessed is Mary, your mother and ours. Bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children, who long for your coming. Amen.

This week’s Lessons

4 Advent  

The Collect and Scripture Readings for the fourth Sunday of  Advent, Year A

COLLECT

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 7:10-16

Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as  heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.  For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.” 

PSALM 80:1-7, 16-18

1   Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *

      shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2   In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *

      stir up your strength and come to help us.

3   Restore us, O God of hosts; *

      show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4   O LORD God of hosts, *

      how long will you be angered

      despite the prayers of your people?

5   You have fed them with the bread of tears; *

      you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6   You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *

      and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7   Restore us, O God of hosts; *

      show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

16  Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
    and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17  And so will we never turn away from you; *

      give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18  Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *

       show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

SECOND LESSON

Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set

apart for  the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy  scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of  holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,  through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the  obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name,  including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,  To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   

GOSPEL

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”  When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. 

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude            Creator of the Stars of Night                     Haan                                      

Opening Hymn                                             #72

Sequence Hymn                               # 67

Offertory Anthem                Prophets Knew                               Larson

Closing Hymn                                             #73

Postlude                         Magnificat Primi Toni                    Buxtehude

Current Announcements

Lectors: C Jones,  D Csaposs                      Celebrant: Father Marshall Vang

Coffee Hour: The Schuldts 

Celebrant / Officiant Update:  

12/24- 5 pm Christmas Eve Service – Father Marshall Vang

12/25 -9:30 am Christmas Day – Mother Sally Heiligman

1/1 – Father Marshall Vang

1/8 – Mother Sally Heiligman

Christmas Eve –We will be continuing our tradition of having the children bring up pieces for the creche during the procession at the beginning of the service.  If your child wants to participate please bring them to the back of the church before the  service. Also, please join us after the Christmas Eve service in the Parish Hall for a light reception.

Christmas Pageant – CHANGE your calendars! This year’s Christmas Pageant will now be an Epiphany Pageant during the 9:30 service on January 8, 2023! 

Advent Outreach –  During Advent we will collect money for UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Christmas.  To date we have raised $510! You may contribute by check or cash in the offering plate or in the box in the nave extension.  Make checks out to St. Stephen’s Church, marked for UNICEF.  Your donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting our outreach programs. As of last Sunday we have collected:

  • $125 for Street Soldiers Schenectady
  • $160.93 for Things of My Very Own
  • $500 for St. Joe’s sandwiches
  • Over $1,000 in cash, checks, and gift cards for the Grimasons

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Please join us in praying for Samantha Humphrey’s safe return and for the Humphrey family during this difficult time.


Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment.Lunches at Christ the King Center
        


 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols December 20| 7:00-9:00 PM The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with music for brass and organ beginning at 6:30 PM. Loved by millions, the Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols is a traditional part of the run-up to Christmas for many families. The original service was devised by E. W. Benson, the first Bishop of Truro and later Archbishop of Canterbury. According to his son A. C. Benson (who wrote the words to Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’), his father “arranged from ancient sources a little service for Christmas Eve – nine carols and nine tiny lessons, which were read by various officers of the Church, beginning with a chorister, and ending, through the different grades, with the Bishop. “It was Eric Milner-White, Dean of King’s College Cambridge, who brought the service to the masses beginning in 1918. Deciding the Festival would be more uplifting than Evensong on Christmas Eve, he set up the Festival as an annual occurrence at King’s College Chapel and achieve instant popularity, spreading his new idea to schools, chapels and churches around the world. Please arrive early to ensure available seating.  

 Blue Christmas Service – A Celebration of Remembrance & Hope December 21| 6:30 PM St. George’s, Clifton Park On Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30pm, St. George’s Clifton Park will offer a gentle and contemplative service for those who are carrying grief and loss, whether the devastating loss of a loved one or the daily small losses we are all grieving during Advent. The service will be held in the large nave of the church. There will be a simple reception afterwards in our parish hall.

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of December 11, 2022

December Messenger:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tbpw-x3pd_xMFn7hSRpTFHt2Sz_xQmEX/view?usp=sharing

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Kenya

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: Evan Fronk

Those who have died: Vera Anker, Dora Gardner, Katherine Dorman, Hiola Henry

Advent Wreath Candle Lighting

Officiant:  Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, just and true: To you be praise and glory for ever.

                  Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth as a burning and shining light.

                   May we your servants rejoice in his light, and so be led to witness to him who is the

                    Lord of your coming kingdom, Jesus our Savior and King of the ages.

People:  Blessed be God for ever.

The Officiant now lights the third candle in silence.

Officiant and People:  Lord Jesus, light of the world, John told the people to prepare,

                   for you were very near. As Christmas grows closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome you now. Amen.

This week’s Lessons

3 Advent  

The Collect and Scripture Readings for the third Sunday of  Advent, Year A

PSALM 146:4-9

   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!

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 35:1-10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice  and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of  water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become  reeds and rushes.  A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.   

SECOND LESSON

James 5:7-10

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!  As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  

THIRD LESSON

Matthew 11:2-11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for  another?”  Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:  the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?  What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.  What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.  This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’   Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”  

COLLECT

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come

among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,

let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver

us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and

the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude          Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus             Broughton

Opening Hymn                                                                             #66

Musical Offering      Creation Will Be at Peace         Williams/Page

Music Offering               Long-Awaited One                  Elsey/Nolan

Closing Hymn #76

Postlude               Carillon on ‘Comfort Ye My People’            Fedak

Current Announcements

Lectors:  P Sprague,  D May

Ushers: R Stefanski, D May

Celebrant / Officiant Update:  

12/18- Father Marshall Vang

12/24- 5 pm Christmas Eve Service – Father Marshall Vang

12/25 -9:30 am Christmas Day – Mother Sally Heiligman

Christmas Pageant – Mark your calendars! This year’s Christmas Pageant will be during the 9:30 service on December 18, 2022!

Advent Outreach –  During Advent we will collect money for UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Christmas.  You may contribute by check or cash in the offering plate or in the box in the nave extension.  Make checks out to St. Stephen’s Church, marked for UNICEF.  Your donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.

If you indicated on your pledge card that you wanted pledge envelopes they can be found in the nave extension with your name on the box. If you were not able to make a pledge, but would like pledge envelopes, please email Denise Crates at treasurer@st-stephens.church

Requests from Street Soldiers Schenectady – drop off donations at Zion Lutheran Church parking lot, Sundays, 3-4 pm.

All Fall and Winter – Winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks

We are accepting new or gently used and freshly laundered items. Thank you!

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

*Parishioner in need of a ride –  We have a request from a parishioner, Hellen Perkins,  in need of a ride to church once a month or so. If you are interested and able to help please let Bethany know at office@st.stephens.church.

*Humphrey family asking for prayers – The Humphrey family has requested prayers from the congregation for the safe return of their missing child, Samantha (Marilyn’s great granddaughter). 



Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment. Lunches at Christ the King Center.

Tuesday Lunch Menu

December 13

Christmas Party

Cheese & Cracker Board

Holiday Punch Bowl

Hand Carved Oven Roasted Ham

Au Gratin Potatoes

Butternut Squash

Green Beans

Salad Bar

Soup of the Day

Holiday Ice cream Brownie Sundaes

Advent Taize Service
December 9| 6:30 PMSt. Ann’s Church | 37 Division St. Amsterdam An Advent Taize service will be celebrated on Friday, 12/9 at 6:30 pm at St. Ann’s, Amsterdam.  A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations The prayers consist of “short chants, repeated again and again,” according to an introduction in a Taizé songbook. “The words are sung over many times.”  
      
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols December 20| 7:00-9:00 PM The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with music for brass and organ beginning at 6:30 PM.Loved by millions, the Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols is a traditional part of the run-up to Christmas for many families.The original service was devised by E. W. Benson, the first Bishop of Truro and later Archbishop of Canterbury.According to his son A. C. Benson (who wrote the words to Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’), his father “arranged from ancient sources a little service for Christmas Eve – nine carols and nine tiny lessons, which were read by various officers of the Church, beginning with a chorister, and ending, through the different grades, with the Bishop.”It was Eric Milner-White, Dean of King’s College Cambridge, who brought the service to the masses beginning in 1918. Deciding the Festival would be more uplifting than Evensong on Christmas Eve, he set up the Festival as an annual occurrence at King’s College Chapel and achieve instant popularity, spreading his new idea to schools, chapels and churches around the world. Please arrive early to ensure available seating.  

  Blue Christmas Service – A Celebration of Remembrance & Hope December 21| 6:30 PM St. George’s, Clifton Park On Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30pm, St. George’s Clifton Park will offer a gentle and contemplative service for those who are carrying grief and loss, whether the devastating loss of a loved one or the daily small losses we are all grieving during Advent. The service will be held in the large nave of the church. There will be a simple reception afterwards in our parish hall.

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of December 4, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem

& The Middle East

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, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Louise Peake, Millie Gittinger, Vicki Hoshko, Claudia Turner

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Jean Versocki, Linnea Cooke

Those who have died: Raymond Hughes, Rudolph Stauss, Albert Wilman, George Raser, Fred Williams, Frances Didion, Helen Ott

This week’s Lessons

2 Advent  

The Collect and Scripture Readings for the second Sunday of Advent, 

Year A

COLLECT

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to

preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:

Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,

that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, 

and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 

The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, 

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the spirit of counsel and might, 

the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 

His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. 

He shall not judge by what his eyes see, 

or decide by what his ears hear; 

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, 

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; 

he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 

and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 

Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, 

and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 

The wolf shall live with the lamb, 

the leopard shall lie down with the kid, 

the calf and the lion and the fatling together, 

and a little child shall lead them. 

The cow and the bear shall graze, 

their young shall lie down together; 

and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, 

and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 

They will not hurt or destroy 

on all my holy mountain; 

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD 

as the waters cover the sea. 

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

PSALM 72:1-7, 18-19

1 Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King’s Son;

2 That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice;

3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.

4 He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.

5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.

6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!

19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.

SECOND LESSON

Romans 15:4-13

For whatever was written in former days was written for our

instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.  May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name”; and again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;  and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples  praise him”;  and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises  to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.”  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  

GOSPEL

Matthew 3:1-12

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of

Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”  Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.  Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”    

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude       Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus        Broughton                                      

Opening Hymn                                             #59

Sequence Hymn                               # 67

Offertory Anthem      Creation Will Be at Peace           Williams/Page  

Closing Hymn                                             #65

Postlude                    Carillon on ‘Comfort Ye My People’          Fedak

Current Announcements

Usher: P Nelson, G Woodzell

Lectors: S Schuldt, D Schuldt

Celebrant: Father Marshall Vang

Coffee Hour: Carole Merrill-Mazurek & Budd Mazurek

Celebrant / Officiant Update:  

12/11- Morning Prayer – Allison de Kanel

12/18- Father Marshall Vang

12/24- 5 pm Christmas Eve Service – Father Marshall Vang

12/25 -9:30 am Christmas Day – Mother Sally Heiligman

Christmas Pageant – Mark your calendars! This year’s Christmas Pageant will be during the 9:30 service on December 18, 2022!

Advent Outreach –  During Advent we will collect money for UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Christmas.  You may contribute by check or cash in the offering plate or in the box in the nave extension.  Make checks out to St. Stephen’s Church, marked for UNICEF.  Your donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.

St. Joseph’s Place  Thank you to those who have contributed so that we may continue providing lunches once a month.  The lunches are funded now through March or April of next year.  Our next date is Wednesday, January 25.  Come join us for an hour at 9 a.m.! 

Requests from Street Soldiers Schenectady – drop off donations at Zion Lutheran Church parking lot, Sundays, 3-4 pm.

All Fall and Winter – Winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks

We are accepting new or gently used and freshly laundered items. Thank you!

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Parishioner in need of a ride –  We have a request from a parishioner, Hellen Perkins,  in need of a ride to church once a month or so. If you are interested and able to help please let Bethany know at office@st.stephens.church.



Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment.Lunches at Christ the King Center

Stations of Advent at Christ the King
Tuesday, December 6 at 1pm
Led by Fr Bill Hinrichs and Mtr Meaghan Keegan
You have probably prayed the Stations of the Cross many times, and even if you haven’t prayed them, you have probably heard of them. Praying the Stations of the Cross, prayerfully accompanying Christ on his way to Calvary, is an ancient devotion – especially popular during Lent – meant to help us grow in our friendship with the Lord. Why not do something similar during Advent?


In Advent we pay special attention to three comings of Christ: his first coming in Bethlehem, his final coming at the end of history, and his coming here and now in our hearts through the Church’s liturgical celebrations. Christ’s comings are the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem the fallen human family. The redemption culminated in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, which happened on the first day of the week, also referred to by theological tradition as the “eighth day” – the day after the Sabbath, which was the seventh day of the ancient Jewish week. With that in mind, we have produced this little booklet with the Eight Stations of Advent. The introduction explains the elements of each Station and how to use them. We sincerely hope that this little devotion will help you live this Advent and Christmas more deeply, peacefully, and meaningfully than ever before.
This event is free and open to all. ou may RSVP to let us know you plan to attend by emailing director@ctkcenter.org.
For those interested lunch is served at 12 noon in the Welcome Center for $15 per person. To make a reservation visit: CtK (tableagent.com)Messiah
December 6| 7:00 PM
Woodrow Bynum leads The Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men & Boys and The Cathedral Consort in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece, MESSIAH at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 6 December. Reserve your tickets early.https://albanymessiah.bpt.me/
Advent Taize Service
December 9| 6:30 PMSt. Ann’s Church | 37 Division St. Amsterdam An Advent Taize service will be celebrated on Friday, 12/9 at 6:30 pm at St. Ann’s, Amsterdam.  A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations The prayers consist of “short chants, repeated again and again,” according to an introduction in a Taizé songbook. “The words are sung over many times.”  

   A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols December 20| 7:00-9:00 PM The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with music for brass and organ beginning at 6:30 PM.Loved by millions, the Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols is a traditional part of the run-up to Christmas for many families.The original service was devised by E. W. Benson, the first Bishop of Truro and later Archbishop of Canterbury.According to his son A. C. Benson (who wrote the words to Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’), his father “arranged from ancient sources a little service for Christmas Eve – nine carols and nine tiny lessons, which were read by various officers of the Church, beginning with a chorister, and ending, through the different grades, with the Bishop.”It was Eric Milner-White, Dean of King’s College Cambridge, who brought the service to the masses beginning in 1918. Deciding the Festival would be more uplifting than Evensong on Christmas Eve, he set up the Festival as an annual occurrence at King’s College Chapel and achieve instant popularity, spreading his new idea to schools, chapels and churches around the world. Please arrive early to ensure available seating. 

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.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of November 27, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican Church in Japan)

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, June Russell, Bill Frank, Chris Holder, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Matilda Cooke, Mark Bayer, Carole Merrill-Mazurek, Steve Moss, Travis Reedy, Liz Stevens

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Carolyn Morin

Those who have died: Rossman Gustin, Helbert Baum, Bertha Bellson, Irene Hutter

This week’s Lessons

1 Advent

COLLECT

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 2:1-5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!  

PSALM 122

1   I was glad when they said to me, *

      “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

2   Now our feet are standing *

      within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3   Jerusalem is built as a city *

      that is at unity with itself;

4   To which the tribes go up,

    the tribes of the LORD, *

      the assembly of Israel,

      to praise the Name of the LORD.

5   For there are the thrones of judgment, *

      the thrones of the house of David.

6   Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *

      “May they prosper who love you.

7   Peace be within your walls *

      and quietness within your towers.

8   For my brethren and companions’ sake, *

      I pray for your prosperity.

9   Because of the house of the LORD our God, *

      I will seek to do you good.”

SECOND LESSON

Romans 13:11-14

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you  to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.   Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.  

GOSPEL

Matthew 24:36-44

On the Mount of Olives, Jesus said to his disciples privately about his coming, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven,  nor the Son, but only the Father.  For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.  Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.  But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore, you also must be ready, for theSon of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.  

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                     Veni Emmanual                              Hamill 

Opening Hymn                                             #58

Choral Anthem              Walk in the Light                          Marrolli

Offertory Hymn                     #61 

Closing Hymn                                             #68

Postlude                            Wake, Awake                               Callahan

Current Announcements

Usher:  P Neslson

Lectors: P Nelson,   B Planck

Celebrant: Mother Sally Heiligman

Today we welcome Marina (Boschi) Pero as our guest violinist. Marina has played the violin since she was six years old. She has performed with the Skidmore College Symphony Orchestra and received a scholarship to play with the Marist College Symphony Orchestra. Marina lives in Niskayuna with her husband Kyle. 

Celebrant / Officiant Update:  

12/4 – Father Marshall Vang

12/11- Mother Sally Heiligman

12/18- Father Marshall Vang

12/24- 5 pm Christmas Eve Service – Father Marshall Vang

12/25 -9:30 am Christmas Day – Mother Sally Heiligman

Advent Outreach –  During Advent we will collect money for UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Christmas.  You may contribute by check or cash in the offering plate or in the box in the nave extension.  Make checks out to St. Stephen’s Church, marked for UNICEF.  Your donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.

St. Joseph’s Place – need contributions! St. Stephen’s continues to provide 30 lunches for the guests at St. Joseph’s Place on the last Wednesday of each month.   Our next date is November 30 at 9 am.  We fund this project by individual donations from St. Stephen’s parishioners, but we have used up the funds contributed so far this year.  Please consider making a contribution to St. Stephen’s, marked for St. Joseph’s lunches.  

Requests from Street Soldiers Schenectady – drop off donations at Zion Lutheran Church parking lot, Sundays, 3-4 pm.

All Fall and Winter – Winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks

We are accepting new or gently used and freshly laundered items. Thank you!

Ongoing Covid and the addition of flu and RSV have us feeling as if pandemic precautions will never end. Due to change in the seasons and longer indoor exposures we invite you to consider masking at church if you feel vulnerable.  Masks are available from the ushers if anyone would like to use one.  Let’s keep strong and healthy.

Upcoming Adult Education and Service Opportunities in our area-

Upcoming Healing Service Speakers
Every Tuesday | 10 AM

Ongoing adult education opportunities

A weekly Healing Service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels. After Communion, prayer teams locate throughout the chapel for ministry. Additional prayer ministry is offered by appointment.Lunches at Christ the King Center

Art & Advent on Zoom
4 Wednesdays beginning Nov. 30| 8:00 PM
Join us this Advent on Zoom when Brynna Carpenter-Nardone, Cathedral Arts and spiritual director, will lead us through art made in response to the Bible lectionary readings to deepen awareness of creative response to liturgy and God’s word. Click the button below to fill out the form to receive the Zoom link for this short weekly meditation beginning at 8PM. Register here:https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/advent-and-art-11/30
Stations of Advent at Christ the King
Tuesday, December 6 at 1pm
Led by Fr Bill Hinrichs and Mtr Meaghan Keegan
You have probably prayed the Stations of the Cross many times, and even if you haven’t prayed them, you have probably heard of them. Praying the Stations of the Cross, prayerfully accompanying Christ on his way to Calvary, is an ancient devotion – especially popular during Lent – meant to help us grow in our friendship with the Lord. Why not do something similar during Advent?


In Advent we pay special attention to three comings of Christ: his first coming in Bethlehem, his final coming at the end of history, and his coming here and now in our hearts through the Church’s liturgical celebrations. Christ’s comings are the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem the fallen human family. The redemption culminated in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, which happened on the first day of the week, also referred to by theological tradition as the “eighth day” – the day after the Sabbath, which was the seventh day of the ancient Jewish week. With that in mind, we have produced this little booklet with the Eight Stations of Advent. The introduction explains the elements of each Station and how to use them. We sincerely hope that this little devotion will help you live this Advent and Christmas more deeply, peacefully, and meaningfully than ever before.
This event is free and open to all. ou may RSVP to let us know you plan to attend by emailing director@ctkcenter.org.
For those interested lunch is served at 12 noon in the Welcome Center for $15 per person. To make a reservation visit: CtK (tableagent.com)Messiah
December 6| 7:00 PM
Woodrow Bynum leads The Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men & Boys and The Cathedral Consort in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece, MESSIAH at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 6 December. Reserve your tickets early.https://albanymessiah.bpt.me/
Advent Taize Service
December 9| 6:30 PMSt. Ann’s Church | 37 Division St. Amsterdam An Advent Taize service will be celebrated on Friday, 12/9 at 6:30 pm at St. Ann’s, Amsterdam.  A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations The prayers consist of “short chants, repeated again and again,” according to an introduction in a Taizé songbook. “The words are sung over many times.”   

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.