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Week of 2.23.20

Ash Wednesday Services | St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church

Wednesday, February 26 Ash Wednesday

  • 8am Morning prayer.

  • Noon Holy Eucharist.

  • 7pm bilingual Solemn Eucharist.

Thursday, February 27

  • 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal in the Auditorium.

Sunday, March 1

  • 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, The Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D, preaches and presides.

  • 9:15am Forum: Seminarian Joshua Paget presents Inclusive Urbanism: Lessons from the UN World Urban Forum.

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

  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II, The Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D, preaches and presides.

  • 5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Yoimel Gonzalez Hernandez preaches and presides.

Our guest preacher this Sunday is The Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D to read more about The Rev. Canon Dr. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard please visit:

Lent 2020 - “I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” Ezekiel 37:5

Holding our fears. Opening our faith journey from distraction to freedom.

“In times of great national concern and urgency, people of faith have returned to ancient practices of repentance, prayer, and fasting as ways of interceding with God on behalf of their nation and the world. This is such a moment for us in the United States.” The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

This year our parochial Lenten planning team is offering a pilgrimage to cross the fearful valley of dry bones. For centuries the valley of dry bones has been a metaphor for all human weaknesses that portray the brokenness of the world. But in the mystery, God awaits for those who will prophesize over the bones and breathe back life. The journey back to freedom and fullness of life calls us to become prophets of God avoiding all the distractions of the world.

Join us on this spiritual journey to recognize God in one another.

Fr. Sam Dessórdi, Senior Priest of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church Lent and Holy Week – 2020

Theme: “I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” Ezekiel 37:5

Holding our fears. Opening our faith journey from distraction to freedom.

Fridays – Lenten Series

6:30pm – Stations of the Cross

7pm – Lenten Series meditations

Repentance, Race and Reconciliation with Fr. Peter Schell

Sundays of Lent

8:00am – Holy Eucharist, Traditional style

9:15am – Forum

10:30am - Holy Eucharist, Contemporary style

5:30pm – Holy Eucharist in Spanish (Liturgy printed in both languages)

Taizé service, Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30pm

Lent Retreat, March 28, 10am to 3pm

Taizé service, Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30pm

Palm Sunday, April 5

8am – Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms

10:30am – Eucharist with outdoor procession of the Palms

5:30pm – Eucharist in Spanish with procession of the Palms

Wednesday, April 8

7pm, Liturgy of Tenebrae

Maundy Thursday, April 9

6:30pm Supper, bilingual Mass & Foot Washing.

Good Friday, April 10

Noon – Liturgy of the day with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion

7pm – Ritual of the Burial of the Icon of Christ (Bilingual)

Holy Saturday, April 11

10am – Morning Prayer and setting the church for Easter Vigil

8pm – Easter Vigil Eucharist Celebration. (Bilingual)

Easter Sunday, April 12

8am (English) and 10:30am, Easter Eucharistic liturgy (Bilingual)

A Wedding Invitation

On April 19, the Sunday after Easter Day, Rose Marie Berger and Heidi Lyn Thompson will be married at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Rose and Heidi have found a welcoming home here at St. Stephen and the Incarnation and want to celebrate their marriage with the whole gathered community. Their families and friends will join them and the SSI community for this celebration, followed by a reception. Everyone is warmly invited to attend.

Upcoming Forums

March 1, Inclusive Urbanism: Lessons from the UN World Urban Forum. Seminarian Josh Paget.

Lenten Program, Repentance, Race, and Reconciliation Seeks Financial Support

The Rev. Peter Jarrett Schell has designed a 4-week program to help participants explore our racial lessons from childhood, the role of race in our lives today, how we can make a change, and how we can love one another. The program will be bilingual and include a creative art expression.

The Fridays in Lent Program will take place March 6, 13, 20, & 27 following the Stations of the Cross and a soup and bread supper.We need financial support of $400 to cover the cost of the program. If you can contribute, please write a check with Lenten Program on the memo line and either place it in the offering plate or mail to the church office.

Volunteers needed for the Loaves and Fishes program

The Loaves and Fishes program, St. Stephen’s outreach ministry that answers God’s call to feed the hungry, offer drink to the thirsty, and to invite the stranger in (Matthew 25:35) has been providing hot meals to Washington’s hungry for 52 years. We are seeking volunteers to assist in several aspects of the program. Specific needs include assistance in coordination with the food pantry program of the Table Church, fundraising (grant-writing and individual donor outreach), website and newsletter management, management of our donor list, and program promotion. If you have a few hours a month available, and are moved by the King’s reply: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” (Matthew 25:40) then we can use your help. Please contact Nigel Collie <>.

Announcement about Girl Scouts BSA Troop 248

Girls age 11-17 are invited to learn about Scouts BSA Troop 248 for Girls at an open house Welcome Party on Saturday, March 7 at 10 AM-Noon. The Troop meets twice a month on Saturday mornings and is sponsored by All Souls Episcopal Church. It was formed with the help of Bishop Marianne, has members from multiple Episcopal parishes, and provides the program formerly known as “Boy Scouts” but in a girl-only and girl-led setting. The Troop already has several Spanish-speaking girl members. All Souls is at 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW, just off Connecticut Avenue between the Woodley Park Metro Station and The National Zoo. Visiting girls will shadow a Scout during the event and accompanying adults will participate in an orientation. Many of the 32 girl members and 19 adult women and men advisors will be present. The Troop is one of the largest in the metropolitan area and participates in service projects, hikes, trips and monthly camping outings (girls select the trips they want to go on). You can learn all about the Troop at <>.

PBS Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor to Emcee Samaritan Ministry’s 2020 Next Step Breakfast!

Mark your calendars! Samaritan Ministry’s annual Next Step Breakfast at the National Press Club is set for Thursday, March 12, beginning at 7:30 am. The event is over promptly at 9 am.

This year’s event highlights the essence of Samaritan Ministry:

Participant Antoinette Green, whose life has been turned around since she first encountered Samaritan Ministry, will share her story. And, like so many who volunteer with the Next Step program, Gloria Ducker will share the impact of Samaritan Ministry on her life.

If you’ve never been to a Samaritan Ministry Next Step Breakfast before, this high-energy and inspiring gathering is an opportunity to learn about its transformational work. And if you are already on the Samaritan Ministry “team”, then come join your friends from dozens of area churches who are also volunteers and financial supporters. The Breakfast is complimentary, and reservations are required to guarantee seats.

St. Stephen’s will be organizing two tables of parishioners and other friends to attend this not-to-be-missed event. Please talk with Jane Bishop or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti for details.

Nuevo Amanecer – May 12-15, 2020.

Supporting ministry within the Latino/Hispanic Community

The National Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Kanuga Center partner in offering the biannual Nuevo Amanecer conference for those who are already involved in Latino Ministry as well as those that are interested in becoming involved. The conference brings together many successful and dynamic leaders involved in Latino Ministries; offers workshops that provide training that can be implemented in any parish; as well as keynote addresses that promise to inspire everyone. The conference is offered bilingually through simultaneous interpretation so that no one is left out and nothing is repeated. 2020 Keynotes speakers are: The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, The Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin, Ana Victoria Lantigua Zaya and Damaris De Jesus Carrasquillo, Ph.D.

Registration and discounts here: <>

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