Wednesday December 5
Thursday December 6
Sunday December 9 (Second Sunday of Advent)
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.
9:15-10:15am Forum. “Elizabeth, mother of John de Baptist”, by the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite.
10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II, the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.
5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite presides and seminarian Jean-Pierre Seguin preaches.
Pastoral visits during the holidays
As we enter the season of Advent and with Christmas approaching, St. Stephen's Pastoral Care Ministry Team is available for home visits and bringing communion if you or someone you know is unable to make it to a church service. Please contact us by emailing the Rev. Susan Walker at ˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃.
Morning Prayer Thursday, December 6th, the Feast of St Nicholas of Myra
Join us this Thursday for Morning Prayer at 7:30 am in Incarnation Chapel to commemorate the feast day of St. Nick.
Advent and Christmas/Epiphany Liturgy Planning Teams
At the September liturgy retreat we began the process of forming planning teams for the upcoming liturgical seasons. Our vision is to have members from each of our worshiping communities on each team. Please contact Father Sam at ˂email@example.com˃ or Mary Alcuin Kelly at ˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃ if you would like to work on the Advent or the Christmas/Epiphany planning team. Once teams are formed we will set up our meeting times for planning. Act soon!
Sunday Forums During Advent
We will prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ with the theme, Midwives of our Christian faith and spirituality. Midwives are critical to the birthing process and help bring new life into the world. Women in our faith tradition are frequently ignored and erased from the texts and yet women have been central in salvation history. We focus this Advent on women from the Old Testament and 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich who have kept our faith tradition alive and birthed it into the future.
December 2 (Advent 1): The Female Lineage of Jesus - Women of Disrepute. The Rev. Betsy Hague will report on her recent mission work to the women and children of Myanmar who have become refugees in Bangladesh.
December 9 (Advent 2): “Seven mothers of the Holy Scriptures”, by the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite.
December 16 (Advent 3): “Mary, the Mother of Jesus”. Mary Alcuin Kelly will lead a discussion about the 16th century Litany of Loreto, which praises Mary´s many roles and titles.
December 23 (Advent 4): “The wisdom of Julian of Norwich for today”. The Rev. Martin Smith will discuss how the insights of this first woman theologian to write in the English language, the beloved fourteenth century mystic and spiritual guide, Julian of Norwich, have the power to challenge and nurture 21st century seekers.
Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency
Registration is now open for the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency training. This is, an innovative, eight-day intensive course designed for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to learn cultural competency for Latino ministry. The course is scheduled for January 20-27, 2019 at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), in Alexandria, VA. The popular sessions are offered by the Episcopal Church Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and will be taught by seminary faculty, lay church leaders, and clergy with extensive experience in Latino and intercultural ministry.
The registration deadline is December 21, 2018, register at https://bit.ly/2DFQEFM. Registration includes tuition, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation to and from airports, and transportation during the course. Registration does not include textbooks. You can find more information at https://bit.ly/2DHkH0b