St Stephens Anglican Church, Fillmore, California

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Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

— Revelations 4:8

The Sixth Sunday after Trinity   

Sunday July 23, 2017 is The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Services are held: Sunday, at 10 a.m.

(Please Call (805) 524-1697 or e-mail rlhammond4764@hotmail.com for further information and location.

The Collect the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Grant, O Lord, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary

Epistle: Romans 6:3, page 197
Gospel: St. Matthew 5:20, page 197

You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at Lectionary Central.


Church Terminology

Ewer

A pitcher, usually of silver or brass, for the water to be used in Holy Baptism or in the lavabo basin.

Exhortation

1. A liturgical formulary intended to incite and encourage as prescribed on pages 85-89 of the Book of Common Prayer. 2. Specifically, the short address to be read immediately after the opening sentences of Morning or Evening Prayer beginning with the words "Dearly beloved brethren." This was introduced in the Second Prayer Book of 1552, together with the General Confession. The much shorter "Let us humbly confess," etc., may now be used as the Exhortation before the General Confession.

Extreme Unction

 The anointing with oil of those who are in imminent danger of death (in extremis).


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ACA Web Site

Anglican Church in AmericaThe Anglican Church in America, the ACA, has a new web address: http://www.anglicanchurchinamerica.org. If you have bookmarked the ACA web site in your web browser, you should consider updating it to this address.

CONTINUING CHURCHES PLAN JOINT SYNODS

The leaders of four Continuing Anglican Churches have announced plans for Joint Synods to meet in Atlanta, Georgia, the week of October 2nd to 6th. At the conclusion of the week it is the intention of the Churches to sign an agreement establishing full communion (communio in sacris) among the four bodies as well as a pledge to pursue in a determined and deliberate fashion increasingly full unity. The Churches also will discuss common plans for mission and evangelism. Each Church will hold its own mandatory business meetings and Synods, but the four will join together throughout for common worship and social occasions.The four Churches and their episcopal leaders are the Anglican Church in American (Brian Marsh), the Anglican Catholic Church (Mark Haverland), the Anglican Province of America (Walter Grundorf), and the Diocese of the Holy Cross (Paul Hewett). (Read more on the ACA website by clicking on the shield above.)


Be a beacon of His love and redeeming power, to a world dark and in pain.

Remember

"Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it."

Your prayers are important and do make a difference. If you know of anybody who is interested in being part of building Christ's Body, within a traditional Anglican Church, please tell them about St.Stephens and ask them to contact me. I would be pleased to call on anyone who might be interested.

If you have any pastoral requests or needs, please contact me, at (805) 524-1697 or at rlhammond4764@hotmail.com

Your Servant in Christ

Fr. Bob Hammond


Food for Thought

"Beware of cut-and-dried theologies that reduce the ways of God to a manageable formula that keeps life safe. God often does the unexplainable just to keep us on our toes — and also on our knees."

—  Warren Wiersbe

Two Wolves

One of my favorite theologians, Mr. Rogers, used to say: "Have you ever noticed that the very same people who are bad sometimes are the very same people who are good sometimes?" It reminds me of a story called, "Two Wolves." It goes like this:

"An old Cherokee once told his grandson about a fight that was going on inside of him. He said it was between two wolves. One was evil: Anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, gossip, resentment, and false pride. The other was good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked his grandfather, 'Which wolf do you think will win?' The old Cherokee replied, 'The one I feed.'" (Anonymous)

— Philip W. McLarty, The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

A Line Through Every Heart

I have colleagues who continually want to cull the field, making decisions on the basis of belief ... behavior ... even baptism. As many of you know, my wife is into genealogy. She's traced portions of her family back over 500 years. Just a few months ago, we learned that she had a relative who was burned at the stake in Switzerland. Why? Because he had the wrong understanding of baptism, that's why. They weeded him out. Then they burned him up.

As for me, I don't always know whether I am weed or wheat. Wasn't it Alexander Solzhenitsyn who said: "If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." Which, I suppose, includes my heart. For all I know, I may even be the weed in somebody else's garden. Perhaps in your garden.

— Collected Sermons, William A. Ritter, ChristianGlobe Networks, Inc.

I Wrote My Books on Tuesdays

There was once a great Quaker leader by the name of Rufus Jones. Jones wrote and published one book a year for over fifty years. He did this while attending countless meetings, making frequent speeches, editing a magazine and taking care of countless other chores that his position required. Someone once asked him how under these circumstances he found the time to write so many books he answered, "I wrote my books on Tuesdays." Throughout his career he set aside Tuesdays as his one "free" day accepting no appointments that could be avoided. He began after breakfast and wrote until dark. He might be thinking about his next project all week long, but he did not put it on paper until Tuesday. By following that simple plan he left behind a great body of work.

You have heard it before because it is true: Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Jesus talked about the foolishness of those who build towers without first sitting down and figuring the cost. Successful living requires that we give some thought to the future. We have a vision of the beautiful garden we hope to be. Now we sit down and make a plan. What would I have to do to make my dream a reality?

— King Duncan, Getting Rid of the Weeds, Collected Sermons, www.Sermons.com

You Need 100 Points

There is a story about a minister who had a strange dream. He dreamt that he had died and was trying to get into heaven. When he approached the pearly gates, St. Peter told him he needed 100 points to get in. Proudly the minister said, "Well, I was a pastor for 43 years." "Fine," said St. Peter, "That's worth one point." "One point? Is that all?" cried the minister. "Yes, that's it," said St. Peter.

"Well," said the pastor, "I visited lots of shut-ins." St. Peter responded, "That's worth one point." "I worked with young people," said the pastor. "That's worth one point," said St. Peter. "I developed a number of excellent Scout programs," said the minister. "That's worth one point," said St. Peter. "You have four points now. You need 96 more." "Oh no," said the minister in a panic. "I feel so helpless, so inadequate. Except for the grace of God, I don't have a chance." St. Peter smiled and said, "Grace of God--that counts for 96 points. Come on in!"

There will be a final judgment. God's justice and our freedom of choice demand it. Every person will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Our passport to heaven is simple. It's just a matter of saying to God sincerely, "I am a sinner for whom Jesus died. I claim him by faith as Savior and Lord." If you haven't taken that step in faith, do it today! Do it now!

Bill Bouknight, Collected Sermons, www.Sermons.com

Posted 22 July 2017 at 2111 PDT