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 you
and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you
and give you peace, now and always.
Numbers 6:24-26

Pictured above are the altar flowers from Sunday, July 26, 2020

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.

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Happy Birthday to the following folks who had birthdays this past week or this week.
Bernetta Isaac – July 24th
J.O. Isaac – July 28th
Natasha Rowe – July 30th
Dickey 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 …they went off without a hitch! You Rock, Pat! You are a real router wrangler!!

Little Free Pantry: If you look closely at the picture below you will see a red flag in the lower left corner. This is the placement selected for the Little Free Pantry. The vestry approved this location on Tuesday evening at their regular meeting. Our All Saints Chapter of the DOK will be developing a list of items that we would like to keep stocked in the Little Pantry. Fr. Jim will be working on a letter to distribute two those living and the area around St. Stephen’s church building as well as to any organizations that our members believe may be interested in participating in our effort to begin a community project.

Image of church parking lot and black vehicle with a red flag in lower left hand corner.

Schedule of St. Stephen’s Services this week
St. Stephen’s Schedule for Worship, Daily Offices,Morning Devotions, and Bible Study.

MONDAY, July 27
Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat

TUESDAY, July 28
Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; this week’s theme is Servant-hood

Compline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby

Noon Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Rejoice with Joyce
Bible Study – A Journey with John, Day 36, John 15:18-27, ZOOM

Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; this week’s theme is Servant-hood

Compline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby

FRIDAY, July 31
Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat

SATURDAY, August 1
Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura

Sunday, August 2
Worship Service – 10:30 AM on Facebook Live Celebrant and Sermon: Fr. Toby
Lector: Martha Mayland
Others serving: Joyce and Jim Dalton

Prayer for the Week: Growing Old

Lord, you know better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.

Keep my mind from the recital of endless details – give me wings to come to the point. Seal my lips on my own aches and pains – they are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. Help me listen to other people’s tales of woe with patience.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour woman/man is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but you know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

based on a prayer by a Mother Superior of the seventeenth century – The Book of a Thousand Prayers, compiled by Angela Ashwin