Fifth Sunday in Lent

Dear St. Stephen’s church family,

Tomorrow Bishop Chris will be leading a service at the cathedral, marking one year of ministry in the pandemic. The service will be available on the Diocesan facebook and youtube pages. You are invited, as we gather together in prayer as a Diocese. Additionally, Alexa Wallace will be ordained a deacon tomorrow evening, at the cathedral. All welcome to be a part of this service, virtually, and to celebrate with her and the church.

The latest batch of books have arrived! If you ordered God on Mute or How to Pray—a Simple Guide for Normal People, you can pick them up now! Call and let us know when you are planning to come. Alternately, we can arrange to have your books delivered if that is preferable for you. These books are full of wisdom, honesty and insight. See the Scroll for reviews! Books are $20 each, please pay St. Stephen’s.

Tomorrow’s service, Sunday, March 21st at 9:30 am, is FULL. There will be 2 services on Palm Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30 am. Please register if you would like to attend. There is still lots of room at the 8:30! If you are not comfortable attending church, but would like a palm cross, they will be available outside the church on Thursday, March 25th, in a basket, during the day. Feel free to stop by and pick one up. Once again, I want to stress that there is no obligation or expectation that people attend in person worship. We are increasing the number of services to ensure we have enough space for those who are comfortable coming at this time. Thank you to everybody for your care and understanding. Keep calm, keep praying, and carry on!     

Parish Cycle of Prayer

Monday: for all prisoners and captives, for all unjustly detained, for freedom and justice

Tuesday: for Bishop Chris as he leads our Diocese through these challenging times. For his wife and family. For Alexa  as she is ordained a deacon.

Wednesday: for Dawson, who will be baptised at a private baptism service in the Easter season. For parents and brothers. May he be blessed with God’s grace and love, called to be a member of Christ’s body forever.

Thursday: Thelma T and family

Friday: Noella T and family

Which laws, then are written on the heart? All the laws of Moses? Just the Decalogue? The answer is all of these things, and none of them. Just these words will suffice: “I am yours, and you are mine,” says God. That is the language of love and faithfulness. -Fred Craddock

In Christ’s love,

Rev. Amy <><