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The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Thursday, January 23

  • 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal in the Auditorium.

Saturday, January 25

  • All-day Diocesan Convention. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is the preacher for the main service.

Sunday, January 26

  • 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, The Rev. Martin Smith presides and preaches.

  • 9:15am Forum: The Rev. Martin Smith presents, Emerging of the Bishops.

  • 10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.

  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II, The Rev. Martin Smith presides and preaches.

  • 1:45pm Revival with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

  • 5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.

Upcoming Forums

January 26, The Rev. Martin Smith presents: The Emerging of The Bishops. For those who identify as Episcopalians there is a special interest in learning how and when the Church chose to organize itself around the office of Bishop, as the guarantor of the church’s cohesion, a collective decision that was being consolidated in the early decades of the second century. We will look into the later epistles and early Christian documents, such as the Didache and the letters of Ignatius of Antioch.

Dinner for late 30s / 40s / 50s - February 8

Come join fellow St. Stephen's folks in their late 30s, 40s, and 50s for a dinner on Saturday, February 8 at 6pm to build community among those of us in our middle years. Partners are welcome. Dinner will be at Falan and Louise Yinug's (1248 D St. NE). Please RSVP to Falan fyinug@yahoo.com or 202-400-4926.

Dusk 2 Dawn Go Witness Build

Join Dusk to Dawn on January 25 and 25 from 5pm Saturday to 9am Sunday. The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (1801 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020) Youth and adult chaperones will sleep at the Bishop Walker School facilities. Cost: $25 (Price includes t-shirt, meals & snacks, lodging & event) as part of the cost, we are asking you to bring a non-perishable food item(s) for the Capital Area Food Bank. “Most wanted” items include: canned food items, peanut butter, bottled juices, grains and cereals, and healthy snacks.(Money should not be an option for not attending, financial assistance available)

Schedule:

Saturday, January 25, 2020

5:30pm Check-In

6pm Dinner

7pm Welcome & Programming

11pm Eucharist

12pm Lights Out

Sunday, January 26, 2020

7am Wake Up

7:30am Breakfast

8am Morning Prayer

8:3 am Pick-up

Note: You may register up to 6 youth participants and up to 2 adult chaperones. If you are registering 5 or less youth participants, there needs to be at least one adult chaperone.

Briya's Public Charter School Offers English Courses

Briya’s winter semester has just begun, and we have space available in many of our free English classes for DC parents! At Briya, immigrant parents learn English, from beginner to advanced levels, as well as develop practical technology and parenting skills. We accept parents who are DC residents and have children ages 0-14. You can refer prospective students by emailing register@briya.org, calling 202-232-7777, or having them come to a walk-in registration on the following days:

  • Tuesdays at our Petworth campus (3912 Georgia Ave. NW)

  • Wednesdays at our Adams Morgan campus (1707 Kalorama Road NW)

  • Thursdays at our Fort Totten campus (100 Gallatin St. NE)

We'd also be glad to schedule an on-site registration at your organization. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at register@briya.org or 202-232-7777!

MORE JESUS MORE LOVE - DAY OF EVENT INFORMATION & FAQ

The Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Street SE, Washington, DC 20032

The Schedule for the day is as follows:

12:30 pm Doors open. Seating available on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration for tickets is required. ** All participants will be screened as they enter the Arena.

Prohibited Items (including, but not limited to):

  • All food and beverages,

  • Weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, spikes, projectiles, tasers, pepper spray, ammunition, etc.)

  • Balloons, Frisbees, Inflatable Toys, Confetti Streamers

  • Cans, bottles, or coolers

  • Food and beverages

  • Illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and flammable lighters of any kind

  • Laser pointers

  • Luggage, roller bags or bags larger than 13” long, 9.5” tall, and 6” wide;

  • All backpacks are prohibited.

  • Monopods, tripods or selfie sticks

  • Noisemakers such as can operated air horns, sirens, whistles, drums, etc.

  • Animals (other than service animals)

  • Sticks or poles of any kind

  • Wrapped gifts

  • Professional Video and audio recording devices, Go Pros

  • Fireworks of any kind

  • Adhesive stickers of any kind

  • Umbrellas larger than 14 inches closed.

Saving seats for others is prohibited. Please note there will be no coat racks or coat check available. At 1:4

5 pm All guests are to be seated. At 2:00 pm More Jesus, More Love Revival begins

Thursday, January 9

  • 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal in the Auditorium.

Sunday, January 12

  • 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite presides and preaches.

  • 9:15am Forum: January 12 and 19, Paul Crego. Translations of the Nicene Creed into English and Their Use in Anglican Liturgy. St. Stephen’s member, Dr. Paul Crego will present a two-part history of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

  • 10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.

  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sam Dessórdi Leite presides and The Rev. Donald Schell preaches.

  • 5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.

The Feast of Epiphany | St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church

The Feast of Epiphany with an illustrious visitor

This past Sunday, at Misa Alegria, our parish had the opportunity to reenact an old Christian tradition, the Feast of the Three Kings. Around 80 people, adults and children, came to worship to celebrate the mystery of God’s manifestation in the person of Jesus Christ. The dramatization of the story has the role of creating awareness to the multicultural dimension of the body of Christ, the church. This past Sunday, we were fortunate and excited to welcome a visitor from far away: the Very Rev. Gustavo Oliveira, dean of Good Shepherd cathedral in Recife, Brazil. Dean Oliveira is a member of the Bilateral Committee Brazil/TEC (The Episcopal Church) and has been interested in learning better practices to strengthen the relationship between the two churches through the dialogue of cultures in our churches. To fully experience that, he was one of the three kings in our dramatization last Sunday, together with Jesus Lopez (from Nicaragua), and Alex Garcia (from El Salvador).

In Latin America the traditions around the Feast of the day of Epiphany have been reshaped by their cultural context and received different names: Feast of the Kings, Reisada, Folia de Reyes, etc. For us in St. Stephen and the Incarnation, the Feast has provided us with an opportunity to proclaim that cultural diversity is an important part of who we are.

After the service, the celebration continued in the parish auditorium where families shared food and took turns trying to break open piñatas, to the delight of the children. Following the custom, children also received gifts from our church members. A very special thanks to everyone who donated time, energy and gifts to make this annual celebration possible.

Fr. Sam Dessórdi Leite

Video of the Feast of Kings 2020

Please click on this link to view the video of the Fiesta de Reyes 2020 composed by Fr. Sam Dessórdi Leite .

Upcoming Forums

January 12 and 19, Paul Crego presents: Translations of the Nicene Creed into English and Their Use in Anglican Liturgy. St. Stephen’s member, Dr. Paul Crego will present a two-part history of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. (What does Constantinople have to do with it?) Focusing on the English versions and beginning with Thomas Cranmer’s 1549 Book of Common Prayer, we will work through to the version we presently use at St. Stephen’s. We will take a look at the original Greek text and the struggle of translating nuances of Greek into English. We will spend some time on the Latin text; the latter being known now through its use in many musical settings. We will take a look at how this creed came to be used as a part of the Eucharist liturgy. Finally, we will debate the why or why not of the filioque [“and from the son”]. Please join us for this scholarly presentation on the words we use each week to proclaim our faith. Here are two links to texts for further reading: <http://bit.ly/2QhDtjt> and <http://bit.ly/2FgB8yY> each week to proclaim our faith.

January 26, The Rev. Martin Smith presents: The Emerging of The Bishops. For those who identify as Episcopalians there is a special interest in learning how and when the Church chose to organize itself around the office of Bishop, as the guarantor of the church’s cohesion, a collective decision that was being consolidated in the early decades of the second century. We will look into the later epistles and early Christian documents, such as the Didache and the letters of Ignatius of Antioch.

Transportation Request

Parishioner Kim Klein is in need of transportation this month to medical appointments from her home on Longfellow St., NW to Wisconsin Ave., in Chevy Chase. The appointments are all at 10:30am and the dates are: January 6, 9, 16, 21, 23, 27, and 30. Please text or call Kim at 202-390-6075 if you can help.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it

[December 16, 2019] “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2019. The video of the Presiding Bishop’s message is here.

The text of the Presiding Bishop’s message follows:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Christmas Message 2019

In the first chapter of John's Gospel, sometimes referred to as the prologue to the Gospel, sometimes spoken of as the whole Gospel in miniature the Gospel writer says this. As he reflects on the coming of God into the world in the person of Jesus. As he reflects on Christmas. He says, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

I don't think it's an accident that long ago, followers of Jesus began to commemorate his coming into the world when the world seemed to be at its darkest. It's probably not an accident that we observe Christmas soon after December 21, the winter solstice. The winter solstice being in the Northern Hemisphere the darkest time of the year. Undoubtedly, these ancient Christians who began to celebrate the coming of God into the world, they knew very well that this Jesus, his teachings, his message, his spirit, his example, his life points us to the way of life itself, a way of life, where we take care of each other. A way of life, where we care for God's world. A way of life, where we are in a loving relationship with our God, and with each other as children of the one God, who has created us all. They also knew John's Gospel and John's Christmas story. Now there are no angels in John's Christmas story. There are no wise men coming from afar. There's no baby lying in a manger. There's no angel choir singing Gloria in excelsis Deo in the highest of the heavens. There are no shepherds tending their flocks by night. Matthew and Luke tell those stories. In John, it is the poetry of new possibility, born of the reality of God when God breaks into the world. It's not an accident that long ago, followers of Jesus began to commemorate his birth, his coming into the world. When the world seemed darkest. When hope seemed to be dashed on the altar of reality. It is not an accident that we too, commemorate his coming, when things do not always look right in this world. But there is a God. And there is Jesus. And even in the darkest night. That light once shined and will shine still. His way of love is the way of life. It is the light of the world. And the light of that love shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, and will not overcome it. God love you. God bless you and may you have a Merry Christmas and may this world be blessed. Amen. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church