Dear St. Stephen’s church family,                   

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. -Psalm 36:7-9

 The words from this psalm are in our readings for tomorrow. They remind us of the abundance of God’s house, drink and light and life–Epiphany themes to be sure! Here is a link to tomorrow’s sermon: https://soundcloud.com/user-807115024/water-into-wine-epiphany?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

The readings are: Isaiah 62:1-6, Psalm 36: 5-10, I Corinthians 12:1-11 and John 2:1-11.

As we refrain from in person worship, for a season, sermons will be posted on Soundcloud (link above), and we will hold a service of Morning Prayer at 9:30 on Facebook live. 

 Valentines to Go—boxes are being assembled with fun and meaningful craft activities to Go for children and families in our parish (and beyond.) These boxes will be available for pick up starting on Thursday, during regular office hours and the following week. Be in touch for a convenient time for you.

 Vestry will be meeting on Zoom on Thursday, January 20th, from 7-8 to check in and approve the budget for 2022. Thank you to all vestry members for serving in these unusual times, and for supporting the work of the parish. Thank you to Chris and Jeannette, our wardens, and to Susan, our treasurer, for all of the time and care you put into caring for the church. Vestry, a zoomvitation will be coming your way.

 Parish Cycle of Prayer

Monday: for this week of prayer for Christian unity, that we may grow in understanding and love for one another, repent of our prejudices and lack of charity towards one another, and be one, as Jesus prayed. Pray specifically for those in your life and circles who are in different denominations—Catholic, Pentecostal, United, Quaker, Ethiopian Orthodox! The list goes on, and we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Tuesday: for Lorna and Donald and family 

Wednesday: for Kathleen and family

Thursday: for the Rev. John and Anne and family

Friday: for Friday and Grace and family

 Christ turned water into wine but the church has succeeded in doing something even more difficult; it has turned wine into water!  -Soren Kierkegaard. (May we take note, St. Stephen’s!, and may this not be true of us!)

In Christ’s abundant love,

Rev. Amy <><