Sunday, October 31, 2021

The week of November 1

 Wednesday November 3  

6:00 p.m. – Annual Requiem Mass

Procession to the Memorial Garden

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

 

Sunday November 7   ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Coffee Hour following

If you have not done so, please send any names of any departed loved ones you would like remembered to Fr. Jamie at frjamieparsley@gmail.com and he will make sure that their names are remembered at the Requiem Mass

Sunday, October 24, 2021

The week of October 25

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday October 27 –  

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

  

Sunday October 31  – 23 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 

 Beginning on Sunday, October 31st, a list will be placed in the Narthex for you to write the names of your deceased loved ones so they may be remembered at the special Requiem Mass we will celebrate on Wednesday November 3. You can also send any names to Fr. Jamie at frjamieparsley@gmail.com and he will make sure that their names placed on the altar on All Saints Sunday and that they are remembered at the Requiem Mass

Sunday, October 17, 2021

The week of October 18 at St. Stephen's

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s


Wednesday October 20   

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 


Sunday October 24  22 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

Monday, October 11, 2021

The week of October 11

 

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday October 13

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

 

 

Sunday October 17  21 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The week of October 4

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday October 6   

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

Friday, October 8-Saturday October 9   

Diocesan Convention in Bismarck

 

Please pray for our delegates as they head to Convention:

Jessica Anderson

John Baird

LeRoy Chief

Janice Chief

Sandy Holbrook

Annette Morrow

Gin Templeton

Leo Wilking

 

Deacon John

Fr. Jamie

 

 

Sunday October 10  20 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The week of September 27

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Mon. September 27

Ambassador deadline

 

Wednesday September 29

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

Friday October 1   

Fr. Jamie’s day off

 

Sunday october 3  19 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 1:00 p.m. – Pet Blessing

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The week of September 20

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday September 22

NO Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie sick

  

Sunday September 26  18 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer

John Baird, officiant

Jean Sando, preacher

Coffee Hour following

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The week of September 13

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

 Wednesday September 15

6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper following at a local restaurant

  

Friday September 17

Fr. Jamie’s day off

 

Sunday September 19  17 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

The week of September 6

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

 

Wednesday September 8

6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper following at a local restaurant

 

Sunday September 12  – DEDICATION SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

+ Blessing of Backpacks + Children’s Chapel start-up + New Member Sunday +

 COFFEE HOUR following

Sunday, May 16, 2021

 REVISED COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR ST. STEPHEN’S.

 

May 16, 2021

7 Easter

Dear St. Stephen’s members and friends,

With the decision by the CDC on Thursday May 13 to cancel the mask mandate for full vaccinated people, we are all looking forwardly, cautiously, to the end of this very long saga of Covid in our lives.

            With that decision in mind, and in consultation with our Wardens and Vestry, I have revisited our own protocols at St. Stephen’s. These protocols are also in line with the soon-to-be-released protocols of the Diocese.  

            Please read the following revised protocols and keep them in mind as you consider coming to in-person worship at St. Stephen’s:

 

Gathering Masks will no longer be needed for fully vaccinated parishioners at this time. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, please continue to wear your mask at St. Stephen’s.

Singing: Congregational singing is now allowed without masks for fully vaccinated attendees.  

Passing the PeacePlease continue to use touch-free greetings.

 

Holy Communion We will continue our single station before the altar (no kneeling). We will continue to only provide the bread (no wine at this time). 

 

handouts: We will continue to use disposable booklets for all liturgies.

 

FoodCoffee Hour will remain suspended throughout the summer, though we are looking at ways to offer a few experimental coffee hours during the summer, including the June 20 celebration for Deacon John’s Diaconal Anniversary reception. We may plan additional coffee hours in July and August. It is our hope that we may  begin regular Coffee Hour on Dedication Sunday September 12.

 

ONLINE WORSHIP: Online worship through Livestream will continue, though we are encouraging people who are fully vaccinated to please start attending in-person worship if able.  

 

VaccinationsI cannot stress the importance of vaccines. If you have not been vaccinated, please get vaccinated very soon.

 

I am very grateful to share these revised and reduced protocols, and am looking forward to the day when we will no longer need protocols.

 

Please know I pray for each of you by name in the course of the week in my daily prayers. Please pray for me as well.

 

-peace,

Fr. Jamie Parsley+, Rector

 

 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Anglican Rosary

 


Anglican Prayer Beads
A Form of Contemplative Prayer

Anglican Prayer Beads are a relatively new form of prayer, blending the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope and the Roman Catholic Rosary. The thirty-three bead design was created by the Rev. Lynn Bauman in the mid-1980s, through the prayerful exploration and discovery of a contemplative prayer group.

The use of the rosary or prayer beads helps to bring us into contemplative of meditative prayer—really thinking about and being mindful of praying, of being in the presence of God—by use of mind, body, and spirit. The touching of the fingers on each successive bead is an aid in keeping our mind from wandering, and the rhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness.


Symbolism of the Beads
The configuration of the Anglican Prayer Beads relate contemplative prayer using the Rosary to many levels of traditional Christian symbolism. Contemplative prayer is enriched by these symbols whose purpose is always to focus and concentrate attention, allowing the one who prays to move more swiftly into the Presence of God.

The prayer beads are made up of twenty-eight beads divided into four groups of seven called weeks. In the Judeo-Christian tradition the number seven represents spiritual perfection and completion. Between each week is a single bead, called a cruciform bead as the four beads form a cross. The invitatory bead between the cross and the wheel of beads brings the total to thirty-three, the number of years in Jesus’ earthly life.

Praying with the beads
To begin, hold the Cross and say the prayer you have assigned to it, then move to the Invitatory Bead. Then enter the circle of the prayer with the first Cruciform Bead, moving to the right, go through the first set of seven beads to the next Cruciform bead, continuing around the circle, saying the prayers for each bead.

It is suggested that you pray around the circle of the beads three times (which signifies the Trinity) in an unhurried pace, allowing the repetition to become a sort of lullaby of love and praise that enables your mind to rest and your heart to become quiet and still.

Praying through the beads three times and adding the crucifix at the beginning or the end, brings the total to one hundred, which is the total of the Orthodox Rosary. A period of silence should follow the prayer, for a time of reflection and listening. Listening is an important part of all prayer.

Begin praying the Anglican Prayer Beads by selecting the prayers you wish to use for the cross and each bead. Practice them until it is clear which prayer goes with which bead, and as far as possible commit the prayers to memory.

Find a quiet spot and allow your body and mind to become restful and still. After a time of silence, begin praying the prayer beads at an unhurried, intentional pace. Complete the circle of the beads three times.

When you have completed the round of the prayer beads, you should end with a period of silence. This silence allows you to center your being in an extended period of silence. It also invites reflection and listening after you have invoked the Name and Presence of God.

Closing your Prayers
The following ending can be used with any of the prayers in this booklet. After three circuits around the prayer beads, you may finish as follows:

Last time through:

Invitatory Bead
The Lord’s Prayer

The Cross
I bless the Lord.

Or, in a group setting:
Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.



Prayers

You may mix and match or put together your own.

 

Bless the Lord

The Cross 

Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.
Glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Invitatory
O God make speed to save me (us),
O Lord make haste to help me (us),
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Cruciforms
Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord. You that stand in the house of the Lord, lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord.

The Weeks
I lift up my eyes to the hills;
From where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord,
The maker of heaven and earth.


Trisagion and Jesus Prayer

The Cross
In the Name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory
O God make speed to save me (us),
O Lord make haste to help me (us),
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Cruciforms
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon me (us).

The Weeks
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
Have mercy on me, a sinner.

Or, in a group setting:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy upon us.

*Trisagion means "thrice Holy"


Agnus Dei Prayer

The Cross
The Lord’s Prayer

The Invitatory
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."—Psalm 19:14

The Cruciforms
Oh, Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world
have mercy upon us,
Oh, Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world
have mercy upon us,
Oh, Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world
give us Thy Peace.

The Weeks
Almighty and merciful Lord,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless us and keep us.
Amen.

*Agnus Dei means "Lamb of God"


Julian of Norwich Prayer

The Cross
In the Name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory
O God make speed to save me (us),
O Lord make haste to help me (us),
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Cruciforms
God of your goodness, give me yourself,
For you are enough to me.
And I can ask for nothing less that is to your glory.
And if I ask for anything less, I shall still be in want, for only in you have I all.

The Weeks
All shall be well, and all shall be well,
And all manner of things shall be well.

Or

In His love He has done His works, and in His love He has made all things beneficial to us.

This prayer was created by Sister Brigit-Carol, S.D.
www.solitariesofdekoven.org

 

A Celtic Prayer

The Cross
In the Name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory
O God make speed to save me (us),
O Lord make haste to help me (us),
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Cruciforms
Be the eye of God dwelling with me,
The foot of Christ in guidance with me,
The shower of the Spirit pouring on me,
Richly and generously

The Weeks
Pray each phrase on a separate bead.

I bow before the Father who made me,
I bow before the Son who saved me,
I bow before the Spirit who guides me,
In love and adoration.
I praise the Name of the one on high.
I bow before thee Sacred Three,
The ever One, the Trinity.

This prayer was created by Sister Brigit-Carol, S.D.
www.solitariesofdekoven.org

Come Lord Jesus Prayer

The Cross
"Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."—Revelation 7:12

The invitatory
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble."—Psalm 46:1

The Cruciforms
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s Holy Name."—Psalm 103:1

The Weeks
"Come Lord Jesus, draw us to yourself."—John 12:32

 

 

Saint Patrick's Breastplate

The Cross
I bind unto myself today the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord.

The Invitatory
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

The Cruciforms
I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.

The Weeks
1. I bind this day to me for ever, by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
2. his baptism in Jordan river;
3. his death on cross for my salvation;
4. his bursting from the spic├Ęd tomb;
5. his riding up the heavenly way;
6. his coming at the day of doom:
7. I bind unto myself today.

1. I bind unto myself the power of the great love of cherubim;
2. the sweet "Well done" in judgment hour;
3. the service of the seraphim;
4. confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
5. the patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls;
6. all good deeds done unto the Lord,
7. and purity of virgin souls.

1. I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit heaven,
2. the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
3. the whiteness of the moon at even,
4. the flashing of the lightning free,
5. the whirling of the wind’s tempestuous shocks,
6. the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
7. around the old eternal rocks.

1. I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead,
2. his eye to watch, his might to stay,
3. his ear to hearken, to my need;
4. the wisdom of my God to teach,
5. his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
6. the word of God to give me speech,
7. his heavenly host to be my guard.

Words: attributed to St. Patrick (372-466)
translated by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1889

Adapted for use with Anglican Prayer Beads by Laura Kelly Campbell


An Evening Prayer

The Cross
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Invitatory
Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim
Your praise.

The Cruciforms
Guide us waking, O Lord,
and guard us sleeping;
that awake we may watch
with Christ, and asleep
we may rest in peace.

The Weeks
Jesus, lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, give us your peace.