St. Stephen’s Weekly: Easter Week Edition, Apr. 5, 2021

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

This is the day that the Lord has made:
let us rejoice and be glad in it!
This is the day of the Lord;
our Saviour, Christ, is risen!
He has conquered sin and death,
the power of love has overcome,
and God has given us the victory!
Alleluia!
Amen.

based on Psalm 118:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

A GLORIOUS EASTER SUNDAY FOR ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The Resurrection Day worship service was absolutely wonderful as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and the resurrection of our church family gathering together to worship and take communion! Although it was difficult to stay distanced, not sing the beautiful hymns, not come to the altar rail for Holy Communion, have all the doors open and celling fans on, flower the cross outside, collect the offerings at the door, etc. There was certainly a feeling of new light and life. It was truly a celebration of the resurrection!

The altar guild and the flower guild did a beautiful job of decorating the church!

The designated singers did an outstanding job of allowing the rest of the church to hear and feel the spirit of praising God in song! The ushers did a tremendous job of help the church space out; it was truly a whole church effort. The lectors getting to share the word of God with us in traditional fashion felt so good. Processing in and out of the worship service being lead by our crucifer was a moment of great joy as well. The remembrance of the resurrected Christ through the giving and receiving of body at communion was certainly cherished by both the church and her clergy.

It is only as I sit here reflecting on the days activities that I realize, I was so consumed in the beauty of the moment, the look of love and gratification on your faces as you received communion, and me working to keep the wafers away from any possible contamination, that I failed to take communion myself! I now look so forward to next week when I will receive for the first time since March, 2020!

ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!

OTHER NEWS:

Gathering Will Continue:

We will continue to gather each Sunday for worship using safety precautions. And, we will continue to broadcast the service for those who are ill or do not feel they can safely gather at this time. We do still need someone from our church family to become familiar with the using the camera and smart tablet. Joyce did a great job filling both the role of deacon and the role of videographer this past Sunday, but she does not need to continue in both roles. If anyone is interested in learning this technology, please contact Jim Dalton.

Meet Bruce Bryant!

One of the beautiful voices that you heard singing on behalf of the church this past Sunday was Bruce Bryant. Bruce is looking for a church family and has visited St. Stephen’s several times over the past weeks. The clergy has gotten to know him. I hope that some of you were able to visit with him this past Sunday. Bruce is a delightful person and a talented singer. Thanks for your help Bruce!

Birthdays and Anniversaries

There are no birthdays or anniversaries listed for this week. Below are the remaining birthdays for the month of April:

April 18 – Pepper McQueeny
April 19 – Ien Mason
April 23 – Terri Isaac