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Liturgy for Java With Jim – updated 8/20/2020

MORNING DEVOTION: JAVA WITH JIMTuesday and Thursday Morning, 8:00 AMSt. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Facebook Live FeedRevised: 8/20/20 Focusing our minds on things EternalTuesday – repeat each line after the officiantBe still and know that I am God. (Pause)Be still and know that I am. (Pause)Be still and know. (Pause)Be still. (Pause)Be. (Pause) Thursday – say 3 times in unisonO God, you are present in every place,help me realize your presence here and now. Morning OfferingWe offer all the prayers, works, joys and problems of this day to you our Heavenly Father, through your Son, our Lord and Brother, in union with the Holy Spirit. We unite ourselves in spirit and prayer with all Christians throughout the world. May we witness the Good News of Christ in all places, at all times, today and forever. Amen. From Psalm 51 (in unison)Open my lips, O Lord, *and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.Create in me a clean heart, O God, *and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from your presence *and take not your holy Spirit from me.Give me the joy of your saving help again *and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.Glory to the Father, and to the

Service Schedule for the Week of August 16 – 22, 2020

St. Stephen’s Schedule for week of August 16-22: Worship, Daily Offices, Morning Devotions, and Bible Study. SUNDAY, August 16Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook Live MONDAY, August 17Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat TUESDAY, August 18Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week: CommitmentCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Joyce and Jim for Toby WEDNESDAY, August 19Noon Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Rejoice with JoyceBible Study – A Journey with John, Day 39, John 17:1-26, using Google Meet THURSDAY, August 20Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week: CommitmentCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby FRIDAY, August 21Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat SATURDAY, August 22Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura

St. Stephen’s E-News – August 17, 2020

May grace and peace be yours in abundance! — Jim Dalton A BLESSING:Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those with whom we make this earthly pilgrimage. So, be swift to love, make haste to do kindness, and the blessings of God Almighty, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always. Amen. Altar Flowers for August 16, 2020 (Pictured Above) The altar flowers for Sunday, August 16 were given to the glory of God by Jan Davenport in thanksgiving for her family and friends and especially for her St. Stephen’s family. The altar flowers were arranged by flower guild member Pat Phillips. The Little Free Pantry is in place and someone from the community already stopped by and put some things in it. According to Laura, it was not someone from St. Stephen’s. How exciting is that! Here is a list of items that can be dropped off at the church. If you do not have a key and want to drop something off, please get in touch with Jim Dalton or Pat Phillips and they will make arrangements for you to drop off pantry items.

St. Stephen’s E-News – August 10, 2020

May grace and peace be yours in abundance! A BLESSING FOR YOU:May the everlasting Heavenly Father take youIn his own generous clasp,In his own generous arms.May the everlasting Father shield youeast and west wherever you go.Amen. Altar Flowers this Sunday, August 9, 2020The flowers pictured above were on the altar this past Sunday. There were given by Tim Isaac to the glory of God and in honor of Terri’s and Tim’s seventh wedding anniversary. Congratulations! The flowers were arranged this week by Joyce Dalton. BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN AUGUSTAUGUST BIRTHDAYSJohn Mason – August 6thKaren Owen – August 8thCatherine Fortney – August 19th AUGUST ANNIVERSARIESBurl and Sandy Hays – August 4thTim and Terri Isaac – 9thMack & Catherine Fortney – 22nd SERVING NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 10:30 AMToby Rowe – CelebrantLaura Phillips – Sermon and LectorJoyce Dalton – DeaconJim Dalton – Assisting CHRISTMAS SERVICESWe are trying to finalize the celebrant/sermon schedule for the remainder of 2020. This year Christmas Eve is on Thursday, Dec. 24th; Christmas Day is on Friday, Dec. 25th; followed by a Sunday service on Sunday, Dec. 27th. St. Stephen’s recent tradition: Christmas Eve Service from 10:30 PM – midnight; Christmas Day service at 10:00 AM. The reason for the Christmas Day service is

ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH SERVICES THIS WEEK – August 3, 2020

ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH SERVICES THIS WEEKSUNDAY, August 2Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook Live MONDAY, August 3Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat TUESDAY, August 4Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – LoveCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby WEDNESDAY, August 5Noon Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Rejoice with JoyceBible Study – A Journey with John, Day 37, John 16:1-15, using Google Meet THURSDAY, August 6Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – LoveCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby FRIDAY, August 7Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat SATURDAY, August 8Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura  

St. Stephen’s E-News – August 3, 2020

May grace and peace be yours in abundance! — Jim Dalton Blessing for the Week!May the warmth of Christ heal you,the eyes of Christ gaze on you,and the peace of Christ shine through you,today and evermore. Angela Ashwin, The Book of a Thousand Prayers ALTAR FLOWERS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020 The altar flower pictured below were given by Joe and Vikki Farrer to the Glory of God, in celebration of the birthday of their son Matt, and in thanksgiving for family and friends! Flower guild member, Joyce Dalton, arranged the flowers this past Sunday. ARE YOU A FAN OF STATISTICS?Here are some statistics from the St. Stephen’s Facebook page that I believe support our efforts, not only to meet the spiritual needs of our church family, but show support for our efforts to share the good news of Christ beyond our church doors! –>Last 28 days: July 05-Aug 01: 5 new Page likes; our post reached 819 people ….an increase of 41%; our posts were engaged 2,314 times …an increase of 29 % –>Our last three Sunday services were engaged with as follows: 180 times, 171 times, and 161 times for a total of 512 engagements of those three services

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 27, 2020

Grace and peace to you from the Lord, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. — Jim Dalton A Blessing for Us All The Lord bless you and keep you,The Lord make his face to shine upon youand be gracious unto you;The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon youand give you peace, now and always.AmenNumbers 6:24-26 The flowers on the altar Sunday were graciously given by Martha Mayland. They were dedicated by her to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of her husband, Dickey Mayland. The flowers were arranged by Anita Williams. Happy Birthday to the following folks who had birthdays this past week or this week.Bernetta Isaac – July 24thJ.O. Isaac – July 28thNatasha Rowe – July 30thDickey Mayland – July 31st Virtual Services: Pat Phillips worked hard Friday afternoon to get the router signal in the office corrected. She replaced the old one and had a successful test. Laura used the router in the nave for Compline Saturday night and it worked well. The microphone has really helped with sound. We now need to explore a camera that will record more clearly. Noon Prayer: Just finished watching noon prayers with Pat

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 22, 2020

A BLESSING Bless to us, O God, the road that is before us,Bless to us, O God, the friends who are around us,Bless to us, O God, your love which is within us.Bless to us, O God, the light that leads us home. Ruth Burgess, The Book of a Thousand Prayers ANNOUNCEMENTS Altar Flower Dedication: Sunday, July 19th, 2020The flowers on the altar next Sunday, were graciously given by Martha Mayland, to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of her husband, Dickey Mayland. Happy Birthday, Dickey! The flowers will be arranged this week by Anita Williams. Java with JimThe theme for this week’s morning devotionals is “Encouragement.” Eucharistic MinistersIf any of our Eucharistic ministers would like to participate in the Sunday worship services, the clergy would love to have you join us. Let Fr. Jim know and if you would like to participate and he will schedule one of you each Sunday. Services this WeekYou will find a list of all services for the week on our church Facebook page. There is a link to the Facebook page at the end of this newsletter. Announcements or Articles for the NewsletterAll of you are invited to submit

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 15, 2020

Grace and peace to you from God, our father. — Jim Dalton A Blessing Blessing and laughter and loving be yours.The love of a Great Godwho names youand holds you while the earth turns and flowers grow,this daythis nightthis momentand forever. Amen Ruth Burgess, The Book of a Thousand Prayers Announcements Vestry Meeting Next Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 PM: The vestry meeting will be on Zoom from 6:00 – 6:30. Anyone on the vestry or in the church who has an item for the agenda should let me know. Vestry members will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting by email next Tuesday. If any other members of the church would like to listen in, you are very welcome. Just let me know and you, too, can be invited! Dick Johnston’s Virtual Children’s Camp – St. Stephen’s has sent $1,000 to help fund their efforts to help children of one (or both) incarcerated parents have a good experience this summer, even if they can’t attend the camp at Camp Mitchell as they have in past years. $500 was donated by the ECW and $500 from the priests’ discretionary fund. The money will be used to help buy children’s books, backpacks,

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 7, 2020

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; and may you be rooted and grounded in love! — Jim Dalton A BlessingBe thou a bright flame before us,Be thou a guiding star above us,Be thou a smooth path below us,Be thou a kindly shepherd behind us,Today – tonight – and for ever. Amen.– St. Columba (c.521-597) Order of Service for Sunday Worship: Sunday, July 12, 10:30 AM The Word of God, Book of Common Prayer, page 355 Opening HymnOpening Salutation, BCP, pg. 355Collect for PurityGloria (unison) BCP pg. 356The Collect of the Day, BCP, pg. 357The LessonsOT Reading: Genesis 25:19-34Psalm 119:105-112Epistle Reading: Romans 8:1-11Gospel HymnGospel Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23The SermonThe Nicene Creed, BCP, pg. 358The Prayers of the People: Form VI, BCP, pg. 392Covid 19 PrayerConfession, BCP, pg. 393AbsolutionPriest’s BlessingThe PeaceAnnouncementsClosing HymnDismissal Prayer of the WeekLord God, whose son, Jesus Christ,understood people’s fear and painbefore they spoke of them,we pray for those in hospital;surround the frightened with your tenderness;give strength to those in pain;hold the weak in your arms of love,and give hope and patience to those recovering;we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, or Lord.Christine McMullen, The Book of a Thousand Prayers Worship UpdateIt is looking as if