Saint Stephen's Church
in Providence
News and events for the week of Sunday, July 11
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
18 July 20210
Christ Healing the Sick (1813), by Washington Allston (1779 - 1843), Worchester Art Museum.
Kalendar and Readings
Readings for this Sunday

Click the readings above for links to the RSV
Organ: Processional on Westminster Abbey, David Willcocks (1915 - 2015)

Mass: Missa Sancta Maria Magdalena, Healey Willan (1880 - 1968)

Organ: Postlude in D, Healey Willan
A Word from the Rector
Dear friends,

As you know, I am away on vacation for a few weeks. If a pastoral need arises, please do not hesitate to call the church office, email myself or Andrew, or get in touch with Fr. Pearson or Fr. Locke. However, if something serious arises, you should never hesitate to reach out to me by email or cell phone (614-561-8913).

Despite the importance of vacations, life with all its various joys and sadnesses goes on. One of my chiefest roles as your Rector is to be a pastor, which comes from the Latin word for shepherd. Jesus as the Good Shepherd, lamb swung around his shoulder as he leads it to safety, is one of the earliest and most common depictions of Jesus in Christian art.

I know through conversations that some of you have enjoyed vacations, or are planning on vacation later in the summer. We are fortunate to have so many beautiful places here in Rhode Island and within easy driving distance. One of the joys of the Book of Common Prayer are the unexpected little gems one finds when flipping through it. One of those collects in the back section of various prayers and thanksgivings is on page 825, titled "For the Good Use of Leisure."

"O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

I like it because it reminds us that our periods of rest and relaxation do not exist simply for the sake of pleasure and enjoyment. They are times for our minds, spirits, and bodies to be renewed and made more fit for work in the kingdom of God. I look forward to jumping in raring to go on August 1 when I am officially back celebrating Sunday mass. After what are without question two and a half of the most difficult months of my life, due to my injury, I am more than ready to get back at the helm of the ship come August. I remain so thankful for all your prayers, love, and patience since April 25 and the days following.

God bless you and keep you.

Fr. Benjamin +
Sunday Livestreams in July
As a reminder, please note that we will not be live-streaming the 10:00 Sung Mass on Sundays this month. We will, however, livestream the 8:00 spoken Morning Prayer & Low Mass from the Lady Chapel. We have had a small crew of dedicated folks handling the livestreams every Sunday for over nine months now, and a break is much deserved! Special thanks go out to Tom Bledsoe, Kate Lester, and Julia Steiny for their help with this new ministry in the past year.
Summer Weekday Mass Schedule
Please be reminded of the new "Summer Schedule" that went into effect. Until after Labor Day, September 6, the following weekday schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays & Thursdays -- Noonday Prayer and Mass

Saturdays -- 9:30 Morning Prayer, 10:00 Mass
  • Holy Rosary on First Saturdays of the Month at 10:30
  • Monthly Requiem Mass on Third Saturdays of the month

No liturgies will be celebrated or offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until after Labor Day.
Giving to St. Stephen's
You can mail your pledge card or weekly/monthly offering to the church office, or pledge online here. Thank you for all the many ways in which you are already supporting S. Stephen’s. 
For your Prayers
Prayers have been requested for: Charles Calverley, Sandra Calverley, Lola Campagna, Ruby Campagna, Fr. Norman Catir, Diana Clarke, Sarah Clarke, Ernie Drew, Fr. Harrington Gordon, Joan Gordon, Richard Hogarth, Jonathan Huyck, Fr. Jay C. James, Conrad Johnson, Jane Malone, Ann Brooke Mason, Beverly Myers, Rhoda Steinhart, and Christopher Whittingham.
Birthdays this week: Molly Bledsoe Ellis (7/21), Tatjana Johnson (7/21), Chris Stenning (7/22), Fr. Bill Locke (7/23).
The faithful departed: Year's mind: James H. Hurn (7/20), Louis Garland Davis (7/21), Mama Kelley (7/21), Houghton P. Metcalf (7/22), William Dunbar Stewart (7/24).
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to prayer for: 7/18 Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda; 7/19, The Diocese of South Dakota; 7/20, The Diocese of Dallas; 7/21, The Diocese of Damaturu – The Church of Nigeria (Jos Province); 7/22, The Diocese of Dar-es-Salaam – The Anglican Church of Tanzania; 7/23, The Diocese of Davao – The Episcopal Church in the Philippines; 7/24, The Diocese of Saint Davids – The Church in Wales.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Congregational Development Commission and those who support the work of our congregations. 
This Week at S. Stephen's

Saturday 24 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4 pm

All Services Streamed on our Facebook Page

Sunday 18 July
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary

Tuesday 20 July
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Blomer, Sojourner Truth, & Harriet Ross Tubman, Liberators and Prophets
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Thursday 22 July
Apostle to the Apostles
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 24 July
Thomas à Kempis
Priest, 1471
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Next Sunday 25 July
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am