CSSeNews – Sunday, May 10, 2020

Photo of the Saint Stephen window by The Rev. L. Kathleen Liles.



Sunday, May 10, 2020  ~  Year A

Taishoff Buildings

Detail of little buildings a window at Christ & Saint Stephen’s.
Photo by Dorothy Taishoff.



Introduction to Easter V worship service 
from Mother Liles

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Mother Liles Intro


Introit     Esto mihi

Brian Mummert, Baritone
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Brian & Parker Esto Mihi

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

Psalm 31: 2-3, 1


The Easter Acclamation

Celebrant    Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People         The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.



Glory to God in the highest,
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
    we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
    have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: 
    receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
    Jesus Christ,
    with the Holy Spirit,
    in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Tissot Discourse

James Jacques Tissot, Jesus Discourses with His Disciples, from The Life of Christ, 18841895.


The Word of the Lord

The First Lesson: Acts 7:5560

Monica Wyche, Reader
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Monica Wyche 1st Lesson

But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

Uccello Stoning

Paolo Uccello, The  Stoning of Saint Stephen, 15th century.

Psalm 31:1–5, 1516    In te, Domine, speravi

Brian Mummert, Baritone
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Brian Psalm 31

In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; 
let me never be put to shame; *
    deliver me in your righteousness.

Incline your ear to me; *
    make haste to deliver me.

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
    for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
    for you are my tower of strength. 

Into your hands I commend my spirit, * St Stephen Statue Detail
    for you have redeemed me, 
    O LORD, O God of truth.

My times are in your hand; *
    rescue me from the hand of my
    and from those who persecute me.

Make your face to shine upon your
                    servant, *  
    and in your loving-kindness save

Saint Stephen Statue, detail, in the
Chapel at Christ & Saint Stephen
Photo by Gwendolyn R. Chambrun.


The Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2:210

Monica Wyche, Reader
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Monica Wyche 2nd Lesson

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Tissot Cornerstone

James Jacques Tissot, The Cornerstone, from The Life of Christ, 18841895.


Sequence Hymn 1 – Christe Sanctorum

Father, we praise thee, now the night is over;
active and watchful, stand we all before thee;
singing we offer prayer and meditation:
thus we adore thee.

Monarch of all things, fit us for thy mansions;
banish our weakness, health and wholeness sending;
bring us to heaven, where thy saints united
joy without ending.

All-holy Father, Son and equal Spirit,
Trinity blessèd, send us thy salvation;
thine is the glory, gleaming and resounding
through all creation.

Words: Gregory the Great (540–604); 
trans. Percy Dearmer  (1867–1936).


The Holy Gospel: John 14:1–14

The Rev. James Hagen, Gospeler
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Fr Hagen Holy Gospel

Gospeler   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
                  according to Luke.
People       Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.

Taishoff Little Buildings

Detail of little buildings in The Sower window at Christ & Saint Stephen’s.
Photo by Dorothy Taishoff.

And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Gospeler   The Gospel of the Lord.
People       Praise to you, Lord Christ. 

Tissot Christ with Apostles

James Jacques Tissot, Christ with the Apostles, from The Life of Christ, 18841895.


The Sermon: Easter V

The Rev. Canon Jay Gordon, Honorary Associate

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Canon Gordon Sermon

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The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
        On the third day he rose again
            in accordance with the Scriptures;
        he ascended into heaven
            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.


The Prayers of the People

Most merciful God, we pray that you will be with us in this time of anxiety and fear; fill us with hope for tomorrow.
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 

For all who have died, that you will receive them into your presence and surround those who mourn with comfort and trust in your promises. 
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer.

For all who have been directly infected with illness, that they may recover and give thanks for restored health, 
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 

For those at high risk for infection, including the elderly, those with compromised medical conditions, and all who must expose themselves to danger to assist others in need of help,
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 

For all who are quarantined and isolated, especially the infirmed; help them to reach out to others however they may and renew their mind and spirit. 
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 

For doctors, nurses, and all who work in medical facilities; protect them and give them a strong sense of your presence, love and care for them,
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 

For those who face financial perils as a result of the pandemic; alleviate their fear and help them look to the days ahead without despair,
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer. 

For all schools, students, teachers and administrators; may they be sustained and have the focus they need to teach and learn,
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 

For the Holy Church in everyplace; that the faithful will not waver, but find spiritual nourishment by putting their faith in the power of your spirit to sustain them in new ways, 
Lord, in your mercy, 
Hear our prayer. 


Grant us, O Lord, to trust in your with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

For the Sick

Alice Byrne, sister of Dorothy Taishoff
Frank Stephan, father of David Stephan
Pat Wheeler, mother of Cullen Wheeler
Ingrid Zeldin
Father Bert Breiner
Bob Russell, organist emeritus
Ron Kaminski, brother of Bobbie Goldberg
Annie Ruth Mouzon, mother of Eddie Mouzon
Joel Cunningham
Anastasia Swope and Betina Cochran, daughters of Effie Cochran
Al and Sally Jones
Peter Mather, father of Charlie Mather
Bennie Garcia
Cathy Bogart

For the Departed

Randall Garland, brother-in-law of Bill Hogan
Judith Lee Mongeau, sister of Dorothy Krauss-Eisenpress
Ronald Bau, uncle of Larry Hui

For all Health Workers

Michael Dutt, son of Anita Dutt

Rockwell Four Freedoms

Norman Rockwell. THE FOUR FREEDOMS "Freedom of Worship,"
between 1941 and 1945.


The Peace 

Celebrant   The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People        And also with you.


Offertory Anthem     Confitebúntur 

Brian Mummert, Baritone
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Brian and Parker Confitebuntur

For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?

Words: Psalm 89:6.

Burne-Jones Christ Enthroned

Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Christ Enthroned in the Heavenly Jerusalem, 1885.


Offertory Hymn 492 – Finnian

Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness,
wake your noblest, sweetest strain,
with the praises of your Savior
let his house resound again;
him let all your music honor,
and your songs exalt his reign.

Sing how he come forth from heaven,
bowed himself to Bethlehem’s cave,
stooped to wear the servant’s vesture,
bore the pain, the cross, the grave,
passed within the gates of darkness,
thence his banished ones to save.

So, he tasted death for mortals,
he, of human-kind the head,
sinless one, among the sinful,
Prince of life, among the dead; 
thus he wrought the full redemption,
and the captor captive led.

Now on high, yet ever with us,
from his Father’s throne the Son
rules and guides the world he ransomed,
till the appointed work be done,
till he see, renewed and perfect,
all things gathered into one.

Words: John Ellerton (1826–1893).

Eucharistic Prayer B

Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
People          And also with you.
Celebrant     Lift up your hearts.
People          We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People          It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant    It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or to lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our patron Stephen and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
     hallowed be thy Name, 
     thy kingdom come, 
     thy will be done, 
         on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
     as we forgive those 
         who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, 
     but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
     and the power, and the glory, 
     for ever and ever. Amen.


Communion Anthem     Tanto témpore 

Brian Mummert, Baritone
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Brian & Parker Tanto tempore

Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Words: John 14:9.


Communion Hymn 457    St. James

Thou art the Way, to thee alone
from sin and death we flee;
and all who would the Father seek,
must seek him, Lord, by thee.

Thou art the Truth: thy word alone
true wisdom can impart;
thou only canst inform the mind
and purify the heart.

Thou art the Life, the rending tomb
proclaims thy conquering arm;
and those who put their trust in thee
nor death nor hell shall harm.

Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life:
grant us that way to know,
that truth to keep, that life to win,
whose joys eternal flow.

Words: George Washington Doane (1799–1859)


Post-Communion Prayer 

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


The Easter Blessing

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever.  Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.


Hymn 194     St. Albinus

Jesus lives! thy terrors now
can no longer, death, appall us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
thou, O grave, canst not enthrall us.

Jesus lives! for us he died;
then, alone to Jesus living,
pure in heart may we abide,
glory to our Savior giving.

Jesus lives! our hearts know well
nought from us his love shall sever;
life, nor death, nor powers of hell
tear us from his keeping ever. 

Jesus lives! to him the throne
over all the world is given:
may we go where he has gone,
rest and reign with him in heaven.

Words: Christian Fürchtegott Gellert (1715–1769); 
trans. Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812–1897).


The Dismissal

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, dismisses them with these words

Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.

People         Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Comper Tester

Ninian Comper, Tester, 1902–03.



Prayer Spiritual Communion



Evening Zoom Prayer

This Sunday at 5:00 pm

Saint Stephen Statue and Chapel

Photo of the Saint Stephen Statue and Chapel by Gwendolyn R. Chambrun.


A Prayer for Mission 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. 
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Church School . . . to go!

Church School thoughts for 5/10/20

As a child the Gospel reading from John 14: 1–14 fascinated me. Especially verses 1–4. Where do you think this “house” might be? What is Jesus talking about? I used to wonder what the house would look like or what it might be like. Would it be a big beautiful house? Would it be like the house I grew up in? My mother kept a beautiful home for my family! And, I wonder . . . what would I be wearing in this house? I used to think that I would be wearing long flowing robes in his house!

Now as an adult I have come to a different place with this reading. Jesus shows who God is and what he has done for us. If we can trust in God’s promise to us there is joy and comfort to be found. 

In this time of uncertainty I believe this reading can help sustain us. Jesus is talking about preparing a beautiful place in Heaven not just for his disciples, but for all of us! What a beautiful invitation.

It is not lost on me that today is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms in our Christ and Saint Stephen’s community! I have enjoyed all of the projects we have worked on together. I miss your friendship and support. 

God Bless you on this special day🌸🌸🌸

Please be safe. I miss all of you.



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Happy Mother’s Day!

Nativity Window

Photo of the Nativity Window at Christ & Saint Stephen’s by The Rev. L. Kathleen Liles.

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