Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Saint Stephen’s Weekly Prayers for the week of October 2, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Canada

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, Chris Holder, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Harry Ruscitto

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Ted and Ashley Ranslow

Those who have died: Lawrence Peterson, Ralph Shenton, Leland Gray, Blanche Salisbury, Marian Sevinski

This week’s Lessons

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Habakkuk 1:1-4;2:1-4

The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous– therefore judgment comes forth perverted. I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

PSALM 37:1-10

1   Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *

      do not be jealous of those who do wrong.

2   For they shall soon wither like the grass, *

      and like the green grass fade away.

3   Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *

       dwell in the land and feed on its riches.

4   Take delight in the LORD, *

      and he shall give you your heart’s desire.

5   Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *

      and he will bring it to pass.

6   He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *

      and your just dealing as the noonday.

7   Be still before the LORD *

      and wait patiently for him.

8   Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *

      the one who succeeds in evil schemes.

9   Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *

      do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.

10 For evildoers shall be cut off, *

      but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.

SECOND LESSON

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God–whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did–when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

GOSPEL

Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord

replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude       Only Trust Him                 Stockton/DeCou

Opening Hymn                                           #379

Sequence Hymn                                           #554

The Offertory Anthem       Trust and Obey                   Larson 

Closing Hymn                                           #561

Postlude                 Toccata in e minor                      Pachelbel 

Current Announcements

Lectors:  Carole Merrill-Mazurek & Budd Mazurek

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

10/9- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/16-Father Marshall Vang

10/23- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/30- Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

11/6- Father Marshall Vang

11/13- Mother Sally Heiligman

11/20-Father Marshall Vang

11/24-Thanksgiving service-Father Marshall Vang

11/27- Mother Sally Heiligman

Today we welcome Father Marshall Vang as our clergy. 

Save the date –  Please join us after the 9:30 service on October 30 for a family / parish  fun Halloween Coffee Hour with pumpkin decorating and halloween crafts and activities. All are welcome to come. We will have donuts, cider, pumpkins and decorating supplies.  If you’d like to carve your pumpkin, please bring necessary tools to do so. Costumes welcome (at church and coffee hour!) Questions – contact Bethany Schuldt.

November 6! Save the date! Save your change! Time Change Day is November 6; we are using our Change Day Funds (remember it’s not just coins – a few $5s is change for a ten, two of them changes a twenty…) to support the local service of “Things of my Very Own” which provides help and care to our community’s abused kids.  They recently had their facilities ruined by a flood.  The money would help rebuild their place.

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

Coffee Hour – Please consider signing up for coffee hour on the homepage of our website or in the nave extension.  Many dates are open for the remainder of fall.

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting personal care items for the month of October. Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on Sunday, but we ask that conversation be reserved for spaces outside the Church before and after the Eucharist.  Thank you.

Adult (and youth) Education Opportunities in our area-

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

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

Reminders

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

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

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be at your back,

May the sun shine upon your face,

he rains fall soft upon soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

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

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Burundi

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

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

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

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Tammy Ruscitto

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

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

This week’s Lessons

COLLECT

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

FIRST LESSON

Amos 6:1a, 4-7

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

PSALM 146

1 Hallelujah!

  Praise the Lord, O my soul! *

     I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

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

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

     for there is no help in them.

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

     and in that day their thoughts perish.

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

     whose hope is in the Lord their God;

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

     who keeps his promise for ever;

6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *

     and food to those who hunger.

7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;

  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *

     the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

8 The Lord loves the righteous;

  the Lord cares for the stranger; *

     he sustains the orphan and widow,

     but frustrates the way of the wicked.

9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *

     your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

     Hallelujah!

SECOND LESSON

1 Timothy 6:6-19

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with

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

THIRD LESSON

Luke 16:19-31

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

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

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude Prelude Herzog

Opening Hymn #427

Musical Offering O Praise the Lord Larson

Office Hymn #LEV #184

Closing Hymn #558

Postlude My Soul, Bless Thy Maker Buxtehude

Current Announcements

Lectors:   Peter Nelson, Don Csaposs

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

9/25 Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

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

10/2- Father Marshall Vang

10/9- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/16-Father Marshall Vang

10/23- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/30- Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

11/6- Father Marshall Vang

11/13- Mother Sally Heiligman

11/20-Father Marshall Vang

11/24-Thanksgiving service-Father Marshall Vang

11/27- Mother Sally Heiligman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult (and youth) Education Opportunities in our area-

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

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

Reminders

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

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

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be at your back,

May the sun shine upon your face,

he rains fall soft upon soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

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

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil

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: Richard Morin

Those who celebrate wedding anniversaries this week:  Liz & Paul Pratico

Those who have died: Mildred Marks, Kathryn Stauss, Reuben Brockway, Timothy Ryan

This week’s Lessons

Collect

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Amos 8:4-7

Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
and bring to ruin the poor of the land,

saying, “When will the new moon be over
so that we may sell grain;

and the sabbath,
so that we may offer wheat for sale?

We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
and practice deceit with false balances,

buying the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:

Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

PSALM 113

1 Hallelujah!
Give praise, you servants of the Lord; *
praise the Name of the Lord.

2 Let the Name of the Lord be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.

3 From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the Lord be praised.

4 The Lord is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?

6 He takes up the weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.

7 He sets them with the princes, *
with the princes of his people.

8 He makes the woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.

SECOND LESSON

1 Timothy 2:1-7

First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all –this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.   

GOSPEL

Luke 16:1-13

Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude              Prelude Modal                              Langlais

Opening Hymn                                             #377

Sequence Hymn                                             #596

The Offertory                            Peace Like a River                         Raney

Closing Hymn                                             #490

Postlude                         Aeolian Fanfare                             Callahan

Current Announcements

Lectors: Dan and Sammy Schuldt 

Celebrant / Officiant Update:   

9/18 Father Marshall Vang

9/25 Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

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

10/2- Father Marshall Vang

10/9- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/16-Father Marshall Vang

10/23- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/30- Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

11/6- Father Marshall Vang

11/13- Mother Sally Heiligman

11/20-Father Marshall Vang

11/24-Thanksgiving service-Father Marshall Vang

11/27- Mother Sally Heiligman

Today we welcome Father Marshall Vang as our clergy. 

Parish Faire – We will be holding a parish faire Sunday after the 9:30 service. Please plan on attending.   

In addition to the Parish Faire we will also have a potluck / cookout as a homecoming celebration to kick off the church’s program year.  The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, and chips as well as paper products and condiments. There is always plenty of food so even if you didn’t bring a dish, please attend.

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

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

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

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

Altar Flowers given by Sal and Diana Belardo in memory of loved ones.

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on Sunday, but we ask that conversation be reserved for spaces outside the Church before and after the Eucharist.  Thank you.

A note from our warden:

I recently had a severe problem due to Covid, which further comprised the health problems I have been experiencing for quite some time. A procedure which would help solve the problem has now been postponed indefinitely. In addition, the stress involved with being Warden when there are various factions within the Parish can’t agree on matters, have their own personal agenda and unwilling to come to together in a positive way for the good of the Church, has worn me down. I will button up December Supply Priest coverage this week – we will be covered until the end of the year. My resignation is effective 10/1/22. I will finish out my term on the Vestry, which ends in January 2023.

I will see you this Sunday at the Parish Faire.

Budd 

Adult (and youth) Education Opportunities in our area-

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

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

After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man with Dr. Michael WardSeptember 24 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM C.S. Lewis scholar and author of “Planet Narnia,” Michael Ward returns to the Cathedral to discuss his latest book, “After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.” Please purchase tickets by 9/18 to ensure you are included for the catered brunch. Michael Ward’s visit is a joint presentation of Albany’s two cathedrals: The Cathedral of All Saints and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/abolition-of-man 

Annual Bible Symposium: The Rev. Dr. James Haddix on Isaiah November 5 | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Please join us for our Annual Bible Symposium with The Rev. Dr. James Haddix and his presentation, “Seeing & Knowing: Isaiah’s Visions of Sight, Sense, and Sound in Shifting Times.” Tickets must be purchased online by Oct. 29 to include lunch.   https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/bible-symposium-2022 

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  September11, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Bangladesh

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: Linda Perregaux and Jo Ann Adams

Those who celebrate baptisms this week: Allison de Kanel and Gerald Perregaux

Those who have died: Ruth Lighthall, Reginald Wilcox, and Mildred Marks

This week’s Lessons

COLLECT

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  

FIRST LESSON

Exodus 32:7-14

The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, `These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'” The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, `It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, `I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'” And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

PSALM  51:1-11

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.

5 And so you are justified when you speak *
and upright in your judgment.

6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother’s womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10 Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.

SECOND LESSON

1Timothy 1:12-17

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners– of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL

Luke 15:1-10

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                In Memoriam                                Martin

Opening Hymn                                             #657

Sequence Hymn                                             #671

The Offertory                      Beneath the Cross of Jesus            Held

Closing Hymn                                             #334

Postlude                         Toccata                                          Wagner 

Current Announcements

Lectors:  Joe Pako, Doreen May

Celebrant / Officiant Update for September:   

9/11 Mother Sally Heiligman

9/18 Father Marshall Vang

9/25 Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

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

10/2- Father Marshall Vang

10/9- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/16-Father Marshall Vang

10/23- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/30- Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

11/6- Father Marshall Vang

11/13- Mother Sally Heiligman

11/20-Father Marshall Vang

11/24-Thanksgiving service-Father Marshall Vang

11/27- Mother Sally Heiligman

Today we welcome Mother Sally Heiligman as our clergy. 

Parish Faire – We will be holding a parish faire on September 18 after the 9:30 service. Please plan on attending.  If you are the head of a group (the altar guild, ushers, foyer group, prayer chain, choir, lectors, hand bells, etc) and would like to have a signup at the faire please let Bethany know at office@st-stephens.church by September 12.  Please also include a short paragraph about your ministry for interested parishioners to read.  

In addition to the Parish Faire being held on Sunday, September 18, we will also have a potluck / cookout that day as a homecoming celebration to kick off the church’s program year.  The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, and chips as well as paper products and condiments.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the church for the potluck items, and if you would like to help out with set-up, clean-up, and grilling.

Sunday School – We will be starting Sunday school on September 18 during the 9:30 service. Kids will go to the classroom with Bethany Schuldt after the gospel is read. Children of ages 5+ are welcome, and bigger kids are always welcome to help! 

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

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

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

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on Sunday, but we ask that conversation be reserved for spaces outside the Church before and after the Eucharist.  Thank you.

Adult Education Opportunities in our area-

Dean’s Forum Resumes
Sept. 13 and 20 | 7:30-8:30 PM on Zoom Dean’s Forum Resumes Sept. 13 and 20 | 7:30-8:30 PM on Zoom The Dean’s Forum, now at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays, resumes on September 13 with a discussion on art. The sculpture of Auguste Rodin is on exhibit at the Clark Institute in North Adams, MA. Cathedral Arts missioner, Brynna Carpenter-Nardone, will discuss his work and connect it to that of a Cathedral artist, Charles Louis Hinton, son of and sometime assistant of Louis Josiah Hinton, who spent forty years carving our Cathedral. With the help of poets, writers, and other characters, the art will tell the story of creativity and faith.  Then on September 20, Dean Harding will introduce us to C.S. Lewis’s book, The Abolition of Man, in preparation for scholar Michael Ward’s presentation at the Cathedral on September 24.he Dean’s Forum, now at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays, resumes on September 13 with a discussion on art. The sculpture of Auguste Rodin is on exhibit at the Clark Institute in North Adams, MA. Cathedral Arts missioner, Brynna Carpenter-Nardone, will discuss his work and connect it to that of a Cathedral artist, Charles Louis Hinton, son of and sometime assistant of Louis Josiah Hinton, who spent forty years carving our Cathedral. With the help of poets, writers, and other characters, the art will tell the story of creativity and faith. https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/rodin-and-hinton

 After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man with Dr. Michael Ward September 24 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM C.S. Lewis scholar and author of “Planet Narnia,” Michael Ward returns to the Cathedral to discuss his latest book, “After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.” Please purchase tickets by 9/18 to ensure you are included for the catered brunch. Michael Ward’s visit is a joint presentation of Albany’s two cathedrals: The Cathedral of All Saints and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/abolition-of-man

 Annual Bible Symposium: The Rev. Dr. James Haddix on Isaiah November 5 | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Please join us for our Annual Bible Symposium with The Rev. Dr. James Haddix and his presentation, “Seeing & Knowing: Isaiah’s Visions of Sight, Sense, and Sound in Shifting Times.” Tickets must be purchased online by Oct. 29 to include lunch.   https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/bible-symposium-2022

 Alpha Course Two sessions, beginning on Tuesday Sept. 13 | 6 PM, Wednesday Sept. 14 | 10 AM Christ Church Ballston Spa is inviting anyone who is interested to join us for the Alpha course. Even if you’re not sure if you’d like to take the course, you are invited to the first session to see what it is all about. We will be offering Alpha at two different times, Tuesday September 13 at 6:00pm or Wednesday morning, September 14 at 10:00am. Each class begins with a delicious meal and then follows with a teaching. In the last decade or two, Alpha has been the most successful program throughout the world to help people, either for the first time checking out the Christian faith, or for those of the faith to deepen their understanding. Alpha was created by Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican priest, formerly an attorney and atheist. It has been used in many denominations in over 169 countries and translated into 112 languages. There have been over 29 million people who have taken Alpha. The course includes such topics as: Why Jesus? Why did Jesus die? Does God heal today? Why Prayer? Why Worship? Does faith make a difference? and much more. For more information, you may contact the church office at 518-885-1031.

 The Purpose Driven Life at St. George’s, Clifton Park Thursdays starting Sept. 15 | 9-11am St. George’s in Clifton Park invites you to join us for a study of The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for? What’s the Purpose of Life? At one time or another we have all tried to find the answer to this question. Pastor Rick Warren has updated his famous book on The Purpose Driven Life. We will explore why we were created, why our purpose comes from our belief in God and how this will give us a life of meaning and joy! We just completed our first session and it was a wonderful journey as we explored God’s five purposes for our lives – worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission. We will be offering the Bible study again in the fall, starting on September 15th.  We will meet for 7 consecutive Thursday mornings from 9-11.We are in-person only, no zoom. If anyone is interested in attending, or would be interested in an evening class, please contact Heidi Bonacquist at parishlife@stgeorgescp.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  September 4, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Australia

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, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Tim Olsen

Those who celebrate wedding anniversaries this week:  Josephine and Oto Jones

Those who have died: William Martin, Marian Horch, Robert Barron, Lucie Peatling, Robert Doolittle 

This week’s Lessons

COLLECT

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as

you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

PSALM 1

1   Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of

             the wicked, *

      nor lingered in the way of sinners,

      nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

2   Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *

      and they meditate on his law day and night.

3   They are like trees planted by streams of water,

    bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *

      everything they do shall prosper.

4   It is not so with the wicked; *

      they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

5   Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when

             judgment comes, *

      nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.

6   For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *

      but the way of the wicked is doomed.

SECOND LESSON

Philemon 1:1-21

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To

Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love–and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother– especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

GOSPEL

Luke 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude              A Quiet Prayer                               Martin

Opening Hymn                                             #423

Sequence Hymn                                             #656

The Offertory                           Pastorale                                        Wesley

Closing Hymn                                             #675

Postlude                         Fantasia                                          Pachelbel  

Current Announcements

Lectors:  Carole Merrill-Mazurek and Budd Mazurek

Celebrant / Officiant Update for September:   

9/11 Mother Sally Heiligman

9/18 Father Marshall Vang

9/25 Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

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

10/2- Father Marshall Vang

10/9- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/16-Father Marshall Vang

10/23- Mother Sally Heiligman

10/30- Allison de Kanel -Morning Prayer Service

11/6- Father Marshall Vang

11/13- Mother Sally Heiligman

11/20-Father Marshall Vang

11/24-Thanksgiving service-Father Marshall Vang

11/27- Mother Sally Heiligman

Today we welcome Father Marshall Vang as our clergy. 

Parish Faire – We will be holding a parish faire on September 18 after the 9:30 service. Please plan on attending.  If you are the head of a group (the altar guild, ushers, foyer group, prayer chain, choir, lectors, hand bells, etc) and would like to have a signup at the faire please let Bethany know at office@st-stephens.church by September 8.  Please also include a short paragraph about your ministry for interested parishioners to read.

In addition to the Parish Faire being held on Sunday, September 18, we will also have a potluck / cookout that day as a homecoming celebration to kick off the church’s program year.  The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, and chips as well as paper products and condiments.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the church for the potluck items, and if you would like to help out with set-up, clean-up, and grilling.

Sunday School – We will be starting Sunday school on September 18 during the 9:30 service. Kids will go to the classroom with Bethany Schuldt after the gospel is read. Children of ages 5+ are welcome, and bigger kids are always welcome to help! 

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

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

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting personal care items this month:  razors, shaving cream, shampoo, bodywash, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and toilet paper.  Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on Sunday, but we ask that conversation be reserved for spaces outside the Church before and after the Eucharist.  Thank you.

Adult Education –  You should have received a short email survey about adult education opportunities this week.  In addition to possible opportunities at our church there are a few local options for other adult education classes:

Bible Study: Genesis 1-25

Being offered by St. Michael’s in Colonie on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, starting on September 7th. Each meeting followed by a supper. All are welcome to attend. Please contact the church office to RSVP via email at stmichaels.colonie@gmail.com. Those who register in advance will receive their own individual journaling copy of Genesis, with space for notes on every page!

Dean’s Forum Resumes
Sept. 13 and 20 | 7:30-8:30 PM on Zoom Dean’s Forum Resumes Sept. 13 and 20 | 7:30-8:30 PM on Zoom The Dean’s Forum, now at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays, resumes on September 13 with a discussion on art. The sculpture of Auguste Rodin is on exhibit at the Clark Institute in North Adams, MA. Cathedral Arts missioner, Brynna Carpenter-Nardone, will discuss his work and connect it to that of a Cathedral artist, Charles Louis Hinton, son of and sometime assistant of Louis Josiah Hinton, who spent forty years carving our Cathedral. With the help of poets, writers, and other characters, the art will tell the story of creativity and faith.  Then on September 20, Dean Harding will introduce us to C.S. Lewis’s book, The Abolition of Man, in preparation for scholar Michael Ward’s presentation at the Cathedral on September 24.he Dean’s Forum, now at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays, resumes on September 13 with a discussion on art. The sculpture of Auguste Rodin is on exhibit at the Clark Institute in North Adams, MA. Cathedral Arts missioner, Brynna Carpenter-Nardone, will discuss his work and connect it to that of a Cathedral artist, Charles Louis Hinton, son of and sometime assistant of Louis Josiah Hinton, who spent forty years carving our Cathedral. With the help of poets, writers, and other characters, the art will tell the story of creativity and faith. https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/rodin-and-hinton

 After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man with Dr. Michael Ward September 24 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM C.S. Lewis scholar and author of “Planet Narnia,” Michael Ward returns to the Cathedral to discuss his latest book, “After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.” Please purchase tickets by 9/18 to ensure you are included for the catered brunch. Michael Ward’s visit is a joint presentation of Albany’s two cathedrals: The Cathedral of All Saints and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/abolition-of-man 

Annual Bible Symposium: The Rev. Dr. James Haddix on Isaiah November 5 | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Please join us for our Annual Bible Symposium with The Rev. Dr. James Haddix and his presentation, “Seeing & Knowing: Isaiah’s Visions of Sight, Sense, and Sound in Shifting Times.” Tickets must be purchased online by Oct. 29 to include lunch.   https://www.cathedralofallsaints.org/events/bible-symposium-2022 

Alpha Course Two sessions, beginning on Tuesday Sept. 13 | 6 PM, Wednesday Sept. 14 | 10 AM Christ Church Ballston Spa is inviting anyone who is interested to join us for the Alpha course. Even if you’re not sure if you’d like to take the course, you are invited to the first session to see what it is all about. We will be offering Alpha at two different times, Tuesday September 13 at 6:00pm or Wednesday morning, September 14 at 10:00am. Each class begins with a delicious meal and then follows with a teaching. In the last decade or two, Alpha has been the most successful program throughout the world to help people, either for the first time checking out the Christian faith, or for those of the faith to deepen their understanding. Alpha was created by Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican priest, formerly an attorney and atheist. It has been used in many denominations in over 169 countries and translated into 112 languages. There have been over 29 million people who have taken Alpha. The course includes such topics as: Why Jesus? Why did Jesus die? Does God heal today? Why Prayer? Why Worship? Does faith make a difference? and much more. For more information, you may contact the church office at 518-885-1031. 

The Purpose Driven Life at St. George’s, Clifton Park Thursdays starting Sept. 15 | 9-11am St. George’s in Clifton Park invites you to join us for a study of The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for? What’s the Purpose of Life? At one time or another we have all tried to find the answer to this question. Pastor Rick Warren has updated his famous book on The Purpose Driven Life. We will explore why we were created, why our purpose comes from our belief in God and how this will give us a life of meaning and joy! We just completed our first session and it was a wonderful journey as we explored God’s five purposes for our lives – worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission. We will be offering the Bible study again in the fall, starting on September 15th.  We will meet for 7 consecutive Thursday mornings from 9-11.We are in-person only, no zoom. If anyone is interested in attending, or would be interested in an evening class, please contact Heidi Bonacquist at parishlife@stgeorgescp.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  August 7, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in the Province of the West Indies

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, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week:   Suzanne Taylor, Frankie Ruscitto, and Timothy Grimason

Those who celebrate baptismal anniversaries this week: Kiely Olsen 

Those who celebrate wedding anniversaries this week:  Sherry and Brian Springstead 

Those who have died:  Robert McCalley, Cynthia Wickes, Justin Northrop, Scott Moss, and Julie Paulus McDonald

This Week’s Lessons

COLLECT

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always

those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Genesis 15:1-6

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”  But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

PSALM 33:12-22

12  Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *

      happy the people he has chosen to be his own!

13  The LORD looks down from heaven, *

      and beholds all the people in the world.

14  From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze

      on all who dwell on the earth.

15  He fashions all the hearts of them *

      and understands all their works.

16  There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army;

      a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.

17  The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *

      for all its strength it cannot save.

18  Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *

      on those who wait upon his love,

19  To pluck their lives from death, *

       and to feed them in time of famine.

20  Our soul waits for the LORD; *

      he is our help and our shield.

21  Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *

      for in his holy Name we put our trust.

22  Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *

      as we have put our trust in you.

SECOND LESSON

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old–and Sarah herself was barren–because he considered him faithful who had promised.

Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead,

descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

GOSPEL

Luke 12:32-40

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves

“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                                                Prayer                                 Franck

Opening Hymn                                   #636

Sequence Hymn                                 #393

Offertory                                            Trio in C                              Sorge

Closing Hymn                                    #68

Postlude                                             Solenne                                Roulers/Rossini

Lectors: Reader one: Linda Emaelaf,  Reader two: Millie Gittinger

Ushers: Sal and Diana Belardo

Today we welcome Father Marshall Vang as our clergy.

Foyer Group will be starting up again soon.  Looking for a chairperson. Please reach out to Carole Merril–Mazurek if you would like more information or to volunteer as chair. 

Email list –If you do not currently receive our weekly emails and church updates please email the church office so we can add you (office@st-stephens.church).

The search committee has started their work in preparing to find St. Stephens’ next Rector.  As mentioned last week, the Vestry has met with Mother Elizabeth to go over the diocese’s guidelines on our transition.  The Search committee, who is assisting the Vestry, has started developing a Parish Survey and a Parish Profile.  In the coming weeks, you can expect two things. First, if you run a program at the Church, you will be asked to describe it for the Parish profile.  If you do not hear from me, reach out as you might have been left off the list and all programs we have are important.  Second, the Parish survey will be distributed digitally and paper copies will be available at the church.  We will be using the Daily Email List to distribute them, so if you are not on that list and want to receive it through email, let me know.  Your search committee is excited about moving St.Stephens into its next chapter.  If you have any questions, reach out to Dan Schuldt (daniel.schuldt@gmail.com)

Need a name lanyard? – With new supply priests in and out it would be helpful to consider wearing our name tags / lanyards again.  If you do not have one, please contact Bethany or email her at office@st-stephens.church.

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

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting personal care items this month:  razors, shaving cream, shampoo, bodywash, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and toilet paper.  Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on Sunday, but we ask that conversation be reserved for spaces outside the Church before and after the Eucharist.  Thank you.

Supply Priest Update-

 8/14 – Father Marshall Vang

8/21 – Father Marshall Vang 

8/28 –  Mother Sally Heiligman

Pictures for Father James’ Retirement Party – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ofxQea5pQAUMU8AXNZoFCrGni_i28tn9?usp=sharing

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  July 31, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  the Church of the Province of West Africa

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, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week:  Edwin Masambo

Those who have died: Rose Altvalter, Margaret Bissonette, Mary Daly, Gloria Lukas, Anita McCalley, Elizabeth Thomas, Joanne Molino, Joseph Carroll,  Donald Cornell, William Tregurtha, Peter Ten Eyck Nevius

This Week’s Lessons

COLLECT

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your

Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without

your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me — and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

PSALM 49:1-11

1 Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.

2 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.

3 I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.

4 Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,

5 The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?

6 We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;

7 For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,

8 In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.

9 For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.

10 Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.

11 Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.

SECOND LESSON

Colossians 3:1-11

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things–anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

GOSPEL

Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                                                Largo                                              Handel

Opening Hymn                                 #408

Sequence Hymn                               #435

Offertory                                          Kamennoi-Ostrow                           Rubinstein

Closing Hymn                                  #594

Postlude                                           Prelude and Fugue                          Bach

Lectors

Reader one: Carole Merrill-Mazurek     Reader two: Budd Mazurek

Today we welcome Mother Sally Heiligman as our clergy.

Messenger Updates – If you have anything to add to the August messenger please email the office (office@st-stephens.church) with your information by August 1!

The search committee has started their work in preparing to find St. Stephens’ next Rector.  As mentioned last week, the Vestry has met with Mother Elizabeth to go over the diocese’s guidelines on our transition.  The Search committee, who is assisting the Vestry, has started developing a Parish Survey and a Parish Profile.  In the coming weeks, you can expect two things. First, if you run a program at the Church, you will be asked to describe it for the Parish profile.  If you do not hear from me, reach out as you might have been left off the list and all programs we have are important.  Second, the Parish survey will be distributed digitally and paper copies will be available at the church.  We will be using the Daily Email List to distribute them, so if you are not on that list and want to receive it through email, let me know.  Your search committee is excited about moving St.Stephens into its next chapter.  If you have any questions, reach out to Dan Schuldt (daniel.schuldt@gmail.com).

Email list –If you do not currently receive our weekly emails and church updates please email the church office so we can add you.

From the Senior Warden –The Vestry met with Mother Elizabeth on July 10th to discuss the procedure for conducting a search for a new Rector; the Search Committee has begun work on developing and updating St. Stephen’s profile, as well as developing a parish survey; we will keep you informed on our progress. We have also begun a search for an Interim Rector, with the assistance of the Diocese; in addition, I am currently working on solidifying the Supply Priest roster for the Fall.

It is important during this transition period that all members of the Parish look for ways to contribute by becoming members of the committees and teams that are hard at work each week. I know that for some, giving of your time is difficult due to a number of reasons, but I urge you to think about it. We will be conducting a Parish Fair in September where the committees/Teams will have sign up sheets for those interested in participating. The one thing I have learned during my two years as Senior Warden is that many of us receive meaningful benefits from being part of this church family but give little back in return; I know because I am one who has been on the receiving end but gave little back – Budd Mazurek

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

Interested in Live-Streaming – See Dan Schuldt after any service for a quick overview of how to live-stream our services.  Only requires a smartphone and a few minutes of time!

Coffee Hour – We have decided to change the format of volunteering for Coffee Hour. We will now have one person sign up to make coffee, and another to clean up after coffee hour.  We ask that if possible, parishioners bring a single item / snack to share whenever they are able (i.e. a bag of chips, crackers & cheese, fruit, a baked item, etc.). This will help split take the work of each coffee hour amongst multiple people / families and hopefully make the work easier for everyone. Sign up is on the homepage of our website.

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting personal care items this month:  razors, shaving cream, shampoo, bodywash, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and toilet paper.  Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

Supply Priest Update-  

8/7 –  Father Marshall Vang 8/21 – Father Marshall Vang 

8/14 – Father Marshall Vang 8/28 –  Mother Sally Heiligman

The minutes before and after worship are reserved for meditation and prayerful reflection accompanied by the organ prelude and postlude.  We are delighted that our bonds with each other are renewed and strengthened when we come together on Sunday, but we ask that conversation be reserved for spaces outside the Church before and after the Eucharist.  Thank you.

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  July 24, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in Wales

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, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week:  Brian Riordon, Oto Jones, and George Woodzell

Those who celebrate baptismal anniversaries this week: Bob Voelker

Those who have died:  Dorothy Diakoff, Jean Hadley, Daisy Santer, and Barbara Mett

This Week’s Lessons

COLLECT

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom

nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Genesis 18:20-32

The Lord said to Abraham, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.”

So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.” Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” Again he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” He said, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”

PSALM 138

1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
before the gods I will sing your praise.

2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
because of your love and faithfulness;

3 For you have glorified your Name *
and your word above all things.

4 When I called, you answered me; *
you increased my strength within me.

5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
when they have heard the words of your mouth.

6 They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
that great is the glory of the Lord.

7 Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
he perceives the haughty from afar.

8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
your right hand shall save me.

9 The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
O Lord, your love endures for ever;
do not abandon the works of your hands.

SECOND LESSON

Colossians 2:6-19

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it. Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing  festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.

GOSPEL

Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                                           Reverie                               Still

Opening Hymn                                 #410

Sequence Hymn                               #615

Offertory                                        Adagio                                Bennett

Closing Hymn                                  #711

Postlude                                       Exaltation                             Mansfield

Lectors

Reader one: Dan Schuldt                Reader two: Sam Schuldt

Today we welcome Father Marshall Vang as our clergy. 

From the Senior Warden

The Vestry met with Mother Elizabeth on July 10th to discuss the procedure for conducting a search for a new Rector; the Search Committee has begun work on developing and updating St. Stephen’s profile, as well as developing a parish survey; we will keep you informed on our progress.

We have also begun a search for an Interim Rector, with the assistance of the Diocese; in addition, I am currently working on solidifying the Supply Priest roster for the Fall.

It is important during this transition period that all members of the Parish look for ways to contribute by becoming members of the committees and teams that are hard at work each week. I know that for some, giving of your time is difficult due to a number of reasons, but I urge you to think about it.

We will be conducting a Parish Fair in September where the committees/Teams will have sign up sheets for those interested in participating.

The one thing I have learned during my two years as Senior Warden is that many of us receive meaningful benefits from being part of this church family but give little back in return; I know because I am one who has been on the receiving end but gave little back.

Budd Mazurek

Messenger Updates – If you have anything to add to the August messenger please email the office (office@st-stephens.church) with your information by August 1!

Email list –If you do not currently receive our weekly emails and church updates please email the church office so we can add you.

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

Interested in Live-Streaming – See Dan Schuldt after any service for a quick overview of how to live-stream our services.  Only requires a smartphone and a few minutes of time!

Coffee Hour – After a great response last week we have decided to change the format of volunteering for Coffee Hour. We will now have one person sign up to make coffee, and another to clean up after coffee hour.  We ask that if possible, parishioners bring a single item / snack to share whenever they are able (i.e. a bag of chips, crackers & cheese, fruit, a baked item, etc.). This will help split take the work of each coffee hour amongst multiple people / families and hopefully make the work easier for everyone. Sign up is on the homepage of our website.

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting personal care items this month:  razors, shaving cream, shampoo, bodywash, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and toilet paper.  Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

From the Senior Warden – Due to the changes regarding the use of Supply Priest in the diocese, our new summer schedule is as follows:  

7/31 – Mother Sally Heiligman 8/21 – Father Marshall Vang

 8/7 –  Father Marshall Vang 8/28 –  Mother Sally Heiligman

 8/14 – Father Marshall Vang

Altar Flowers are given in remembrance of Ruth Turner.

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  July 17, 2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church

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, and Joe White

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Mary Ann Harrington, Jean Versocki, Sherry Springstead, Ted Ranslow, Christopher Jones, Rebecca Holder

Those who celebrate baptismal anniversaries this week: William Lyon

Those who celebrate marriage anniversaries this week: Bethany and Dan Schuldt, and Carolyn and Rick Morin

Those who have died: Ruth Turner, Betty Troy

This Week’s Lessons

COLLECT

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Genesis 18:1-10a

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on– since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.”

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

Colossians 1:15-28

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him– provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel. I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

GOSPEL

Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                                     Adagio from Sonata I                Mendelssohn

Opening Hymn                                  #401

Sequence Hymn                                #467

Offertory                              Blessed Jesus, We Are Here           Bach

Closing Hymn                                   #488

Postlude                                Ceremonial Processional              Haan

Lectors

Reader one: Joe Palko                 Reader two: Peter Nelson

Today we welcome Father Marshall Vang as our clergy. 

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

Interested in Live-Streaming – See Dan Schuldt after any service for a quick overview of how to live-stream our services.  Only requires a smartphone and a few minutes of time!

Coffee Hour – After a great response last week we have decided to change the format of volunteering for Coffee Hour. We will now have one person sign up to make coffee, and another to clean up after coffee hour.  We ask that if possible, parishioners bring a single item / snack to share whenever they are able (i.e. a bag of chips, crackers & cheese, fruit, a baked item, etc.). This will help split take the work of each coffee hour amongst multiple people / families and hopefully make the work easier for everyone. Sign up is on the homepage of our website.

SiCM pantry donations-  We are collecting personal care items this month:  razors, shaving cream, shampoo, bodywash, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and toilet paper.  Donations of spices and 8-oz reusable bottles (with lids) are always welcome.

From the Senior Warden – Due to the changes regarding the use of Supply Priest in the diocese, our new summer schedule is as follows:  

7/24 – Father Marshall Vang 8/14 – Father Marshall Vang

7/31 – Mother Sally Heiligman 8/21 – Father Marshall Vang

 8/7 –  Father Marshall Vang 8/28 –  Mother Sally Heiligman

Altar Flowers are a nice way to remember those who have gone before us, to honor those who are still here, or recognize a special event.  Slips are available from an Usher.

A Service to remember Ruth Turner will be held on Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 in our church. All are welcome to attend.

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  July 10,2022

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

From Our Prayers of the People 

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Uganda

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, our lay reader

Those who are in need of strength and healing: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, and Joe

Those who celebrate birthdays this week: Donald, Doreen, Kati, Gillian, Ray, James, Susan, and Austin

Those who celebrate baptismal anniversaries this week: Jane and Evan

Those who celebrate marriage anniversaries this week: Robert and Shirley , and Susan and Doug .

Those who have died: George Buell and Barbara Dobbins Stratton 

This Week’s Lessons

COLLECT

O  Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON

Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Moses said to the people of Israel, “The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

“Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.”

PSALM 25:1-9

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.

2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.

4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;*
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8 He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.

9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

SECOND LESSON

Colossians 1:1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

GOSPEL

Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said,

“what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

News and Updates 

Music Today

Prelude                            Meditation from “Thais”             Mendelssohn

Opening Hymn                             #390

Sequence Hymn                           #660

Offertory                                      Largo                                         Vivaldi

Closing Hymn                              #609

Postlude                                   Millenium                               Rawsthorne

Lectors

Reader one: Millie Reader two: Linda

Today we welcome Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis as our clergy. 

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki or Allison for more information. 

Interested in Live-Streaming – See Dan after any service for a quick overview of how to live-stream our services.  Only requires a smartphone and a few minutes of time!

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of summer. Thanks!

From the Senior Warden – Due to the changes regarding the use of Supply Priests in the diocese, our new summer schedule is as follows:

7/17 – Father Marshall Vang     8/7 –  Father Marshall Vang

7/24 – Father Marshall Vang     8/14 – Father Marshall Vang

7/31 – Mother Sally Heiligman    8/21 – Father Marshall Vang

      8/28 – Mother Sally Heiligman

Altar Flowers- given this week by Doug & Susan for their wedding anniversary.

Reminders

Prayerbook Morning Prayer in Zoom – each morning – contact Becky 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.