From the Rector.....
The Resurrection is so pivotal for the Christian faith, that without the claim that Jesus
was raised from the dead we probably would not even know his name today and,
certainly, there would be no Christian Church. The entire New Testament depends
on the belief that Christ is risen and that universal hope exists through him and in his
It happened at dawn. Mary Magdalene made a discovery that morning that have
She met a person who changed her life. The story is very human. She was not
looking for a resurrected savior, she was looking for someone to tell her what had
happened to the body. She asked the man she thought was the gardener. Only
when he spoke to her did it dawn on her that it was the Lord. 'Rabboni' was her cry of
recognition. We sometimes forget that Christianity is not essentially about believing a
series of doctrinal beliefs or adhering to the tenets of a particular Church. It means
encountering a person who has overcome death and who is the Resurrection and the
Mary's dawn discovery was of the power of the Resurrection. It made her a new
person - a person made whole, renewed or, in the words of St Paul, 'a new creation'.
This miracle still continues to happen.
There is a powerful story about a journalist during the last war. The journalist was out
looking around after a night of heavy bombing. Despite the wreckage around him, it
was a beautiful day with blue sky and sunshine.
He came to a small house. Its windows had been blown out by the bomb blast; the
tiny garden was littered with roof tiles. At the door was a young woman with a baby in
her arms. She stood there with all the devastation around her. The journalist stopped
at the gate. 'What a terrible night', he said. 'Yes, but what a wonderful morning' was
her moving reply. It was a statement of resurrection, new possibilities, new hope, new
That was Mary's experience when she met the risen Christ that first Easter Dawn. Let
it also be ours.
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday - April 5, 1998
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:00 am & **10:15 am Procession with Palms & Eucharist
Holy Monday - April 6, 1998
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:30 pm Eucharist
Holy Tuesday - April 7, 1998
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:30 pm Eucharist
Holy Wednesday - April 8, 1998
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:30 pm Eucharist
Maundy Thursday - April 9, 1998
9:00 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Eucharist & Healing
** 7:30 pm Foot Washing, Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
9:00 pm Prayer Vigil through the night
Good Friday - April 10, 1998
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross
** 7:30 pm Lessons & Prayers
Holy Saturday - April 11, 1998
9:00 am Morning Prayer
7:30 pm Great Vigil of Easter,
**Lighting of the New Fire, Lessons & Prayers,
Festive Eucharist & Baptism
Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:00 am and **10:15 am Festive Eucharist
** Child care provided
Stations of the Cross
A 'Station' is any place in the church where, during a solemn
procession, there is pause for a prayer. At St. Stephen's
these include the creche at Christmas, the entrance to the
church on Palm Sunday and the baptismal font on the day of
Pentecost (when there are no actual baptisms!) During Lent
there is a practice in which fourteen 'stations' are visited in
turn, with a pause for a reading, a versicle and response, a
prayer, and a time for meditation. In this case, the 'stations'
are fourteen pictures depicting incidents in the narrative of
Christ's passion, from Pilate's house to the entombment.
These pictures will be placed around the church on Fridays
and booklets which lead the participant through each station
can be found on the table in the back of the church. The church and
chapel will be open each Friday from 9 am to 9 pm.
FOR THE HUNGRY
Set aside Sunday, May 3, for the annual 10-kilometer CROP WALK in Schenectady.
This event, which raises money to fight hunger locally and worldwide, begins and ends
at City Hall on Jay Street. Registration at Center City, at the corner of Jay and State
Streets, is from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. The WALK begins at 1:30 after a 15-minute
In 1997 over 1,00 walkers from area churches and other groups participated, making
it the largest CROP WALK in New York State. We raised more than $59,000 which
was transmitted to CROP, the Community Hunger Appeal arm of Church World
Service. From this amount, about $15,000 was returned for local hunger fighting efforts
by area food pantries and the Nutrition Program for the Elderly. The other 75% was
used for worldwide relief, assisting victims of strife in Bosnia, refugees in Africa, and the hundreds of thousands of people whose standard of living is too low to enable them to meet basic nutritional needs. This year CROP has also helped with the ice storm relief efforts in northern New York, purchasing and delivering generators and 2,500 blankets to the affected communities.
Last year 30 parishioners from St. Stephen's walked, and many other parishioners contributed in other ways, raising over $1500.
We need: walkers or runners
sponsors for walkers or runners
registrars for the day of the walk
greeters to welcome returning walkers or runners.
Please join us!! CROP WALK forms and sign up sheets, as well as details on time and location, are available after both services each Sunday, (except Easter).
HOLY WEEK TRADITIONS AT SAINT STEPHEN'S
Holy Week, formerly known as "Passion WeeK', is the final
and most important week in Lent. Holy Week marks the
final phase of the spiritual preparation for Easter, A
preparation which began on Ash Wednesday with prayer,
reflection, worship, study and self-sacrffice. The time
from Palm Sunday to Easter is a time when we relive the
passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we
recall the events of Jesus' last days on earth.
On Palm Sunday we recall Jesus'arrival in Jerusalem.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sent two of the
disciples ahead to Jerusalem telling them, "Go into the
village opposite you, and immediately you will find an
ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them
to me" (Matthew 21:1). Following Jesus' instructions,
the disciples found the animals and prepared them for
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. As the crowd saw Jesus
entering, some spread their garments on the road before
him; others cut branches and laid them there. The crowd
shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who
comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
This Sunday has a two-fold focus; the triumphal entry of
Jesus into Jerusalem is marked with the blessing of the
palms and procession, while the emphasis of the Eucharist
itself if upon the passion of our Lord, his suffering and
death. This is the only Sunday of the year on which the
Gospel centers upon Jesus' death, since Sundays are in
their own nature 'IIttle Easter' celebrations of the
resurrection. There is a double irony to this double
observance: what is apparently a triumphal entrance into
Jerusalem was followed six days later by betrayal and
crucifixion. What is apparently the total defeat of the
cross becomes God's areat victory over evil and death.
On Maundy Thursday we recount Jesus' last evening with the
disciples to prepare for their Passover by going into the city
and securing a furnished room for the meal. The disciples did
as they were instructed and prepared the meal. According to
John, Jesus washed the disciple's feet during the supper. This
humble act was Jesus' way of teaching them to respect and serve
others regardless of their status. During the meal with his
disciples, Jesus took a cup, and when he had given thanks he
said, "Take this and devide it among yourselves; for I tell you
that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine
until the kingdom of God comes'(Luke 22:17-18). He also gave
them bread saying,'This is my body which is given for you. Do this in
remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).
After the meal, Jesus took his disciples to the Mount of
Olives. Not able lo keep watch with Jesus, the disciples slept
while Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethesemane. He placed his
life in God's hands and prayed, "Father, if thou art willing,
remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine
be done" (Luke 22:42).
Later that night Judas betrayed Jesus with the sign of a kiss,
identifying him to an armed crowd which then took Jesus to be
The name 'Maundy Thursday" comes from the Latin word "mandatum"
or "commandment" referring to the "new commandment" of love
given by Jesus at the last supper (John 13.-34). The term "Maundy" or "mandatum" then was applied to the foot washing
ceremony of this day (John 13:1-15).
The double theme of the service is thus the Last Supper as the
institution of the Eucharist and the foot washing as an example
of humility and love.
After the holy communion, the remaining sacrament is removed
from the sanctuary where a prayer watch is kept, in
commemoration of the watch in the Garden of Gethsemane. The
altar is "stripped" in order to prepare for the Good Friday
FOOT WASHING: On Maundy Thursday at the 7:30 p.m.
Eucharist we would like to have
volunteers from the congregation for
footwashing by the clergy. If you would
like to be one of these representatives of
the congregation, please sign up at
the parish shop.
PRAYER WATCH: There is a sign-up sheet on the shop
counter for the Maunday Thursday Vigil.
It is suggested that two or more persons
sign up for each one hour segment.
On Good Friday we remember the crucifixion of Jesus and the
events which led to his death. After Jesus was convicted of
committing blasphemy by the high priests, Pontius Pilate
condemned him to be crucified, Yielding to the pressure of the
crowd. On the way to Calvary ( 'the Place of the Skull"),
Jesus was whipped, mocked, spat upon and crowned with a wreath
of thorns. Simon of Cyrene was forced to help carry the heavy
wooden cross upon which Jesus would hang.
The outline of the Good Friday service we know as a separate
service, comes from the Jerusalem church in the 4th century.
The focus is upon the crucifixion of Jesus. The liturgy begins
with the reading of the Passion Gospel (tradftionally the
account from John). This may be read or sung by various
lectors with the congregation taking a part. The second major
element is the Solemn Collects, prayers of the people,
preserved from the early liturgy.
The very name of this day, "Good Friday" (which originated In
the English Church) expresses the double-sidedness of our response
- sorrow for our sins which brought about the suffering and
death of our Lord and yet humble thankfulness for the
GOOD FRIDAY OFFERING:
On Good Friday we remember in a
unique way the witness that Jesus gave
to us on the cross. Through his
obedience and through his suffering --
through the fateful steps he took each
day of Holy Week -- he showed the world
just how much God loves us. Jesus'
entire life was a witness to that love and
the cross continues to be a sign of that
In the midst of religious tensions, historic
animosities and political unrest, the
Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the
Middle East stands witness to the people
of our Lord's homeland, proclaiming and
serving the same message that Jesus
brought to that land almost 2,000 years
On Good Friday we stand with the
Episcopal Church in Jerusalem as it
witnesses to the love of God in a
strife-filled part of the world through our
prayers and financial support. Please be
generous in your support of the
continuing ministry of our sisters and
brothers in the Middle East.
This service is the most ancient liturgy (except for the
Eucharist itself) in the church. The Easter Vigil is the preparation for and leads into the first eucharist of
Easter. it begins with the blessing of the new fire and
lighting of the paschal candle, which symbolizes the
light of creation, the pillar of fire at the Exodus, and
the Risen Christ - "The Light of the World". The service
moves from darkness to light, from death to life. The
vigil continues with a series of lessons from the Old
Testament, sketching out the history of God's dealings
with God's people, from creation to the promises of the
new covenant. This Liturgy of the Word is followed by
baptism. With the paschal candle
lighted, the promises of the covenant proclaimed and
baptismal vows renewed, we await the resurrection of our
Lord and prepare for the Festive Eucharist on Easter
A pick-up choir will be formed for the Holy Saturday service
on April 11. This is an opportunity for those who would
like to sing but can't make a long-term commitment to serve.
If you are interested please contact Tim Olsen at 383-6101.
We invite all members and friends of St.
Stephen's to be present at these services.
If you are infirm, please call the office to
arrange for communin to be brought to you
at home by one of the clergy.
Easter Lilies for our Shut-ins
A list of
do it. If
EASTER BASKET PROJECT
Service Committee again is creating
an opportunity for us
to reach out to some of our less fortunate neighbors by
organizing an Easter hamper project. The intention
is to give Easter hampers of food to our "Christmas Tree"
families. Rather than asking members just to give cash, we
will place request slips naming needy food items, on the
"old rugged cross" in the Community Room. These are
generally canned and dry goods, that we can organize into
hampers for "our" families, giving each hearty Easter fare.
Please take a slip and return the food item by the 10:15 am
service on BASKETS Easter Sunday, April 12th. Any
questions, please call Pauline Holmes at 384-0904. Thank
you for your support.
REMEMBER OUR VISITORS - PLEASE WEAR YOUR NAMETAG
EASTER EGG HUNT!!
Come to the forth annual Easter egg hunt
at St. Stephen's from 9am to 10:15am on
Easter morning. The egg hiders are
getter better every year!
Making a confession in preparation for
Easter is a long-standing tradition for
many in the Church. This is an individual
confession to a priest. The service of
Reconciliation of a Penitent in the Book of
Common Prayer provides an excellent form
for personal self- examination, confession
and reception of God's forgiveness. If
anyone is interested in participating in this
rite as we move toward Easter, please feel
free to contact the rector. A short brochure
describing this sacrament can be found on
the Welcome Table in the parish hall.
Found on the internet.
Written by Danny
Dutton, age 8, from
Chula Vista, California,
for his third grade
to "Explain God".
"One of God's
main jobs is
making people. He
makes them to
replace the ones
that die so there
will be enough
people to take care
of things here on
earth. He doesn't
just babies. I think
because they are
smaller and easier
to make. That way,
He doesn't have to
take up His
teaching them to
talk and walk, He
can just leave that
to mothers and
most important job
is listening to
prayers. An awful
lot of this goes on,
since some people,
like preachers and
things, pray at
doesn't have time
to listen to the
radio or TV on
account of this.
Since He hears
only prayers, there
must be a terrible
lot of noise in His
ears, unless He has
thought of a way to
turn it off.
and is everywhere,
which keeps Him
pretty busy. So you
wasting His time
by going over your
said you couldn't
people who don't
believe in God. I
don't think there
are any in Chula
Vista. At least
there aren't any
who come to our
Jesus is God's
Son. He used to do
all the hard work
like walking on
miracles and trying
to teach the people
who didn't want to
learn about God.
They finally got
tired of Him
preaching to them
and they crucified
Him. But He was
good and kind like
His Father and He
told His Father that
they didn't know
what they were
doing and to
forgive them and
God said OK. His
everything that He
had done and all
His hard work on
earth so He told
Him He didn't have
to go out on the
road anymore. He
could stay in
heaven. So He did.
And now He helps
His Dad out by
prayers and seeing
things which are
important for God
to take care of and
which ones He can
take care of
having to bother
God. Like a
more important, of
course. You can
pray anytime you
want and they are
sure to hear you
because they got it
worked out so one
of them is on duty
all the time.
always go to
Church on Sunday
because it makes
God happy, and if
you want to make
happy, it's God.
Don't skip church
to do something
you think will be
more fun like going
to the beach. This
is wrong! And,
besides, the sun
doesn't come out
at the beach until
If you don't
believe in God,
besides being an
atheist, you will be
parents can't go
you, like to camp,
but God can. It is
good to know He's
around you when
you're scared in
the dark or when
you can't swim
very good and you
get thrown into
real deep water by
big kids. But you
always think of
what God can do
for you. I figure
God put me here
and He can take me
back anytime He
pleases. And that's
why I believe in
The flowers on the
altar in April are
given to the Glory
April 5 - PALM
palms are given as
and Sid Woodcock
12 - EASTER
DAY - see Sunday bulletin
April 19 - In memory
of Frances Reid by
April 26 - In memory
of Norman Santer
and the loved ones
BLESSINGS 2000 - THE END IS NIGH!
June 30 this year marks the official end of the Blessings 2000 project. The success of the project is attested to by the beautiful chapel and offices the church now enjoys. This has all been due to the generosity of you, Saint Stephen's members. The giving has now reached about 90% of the pledged total, and donations are still coming in. It is clear that there is going to be a shortfall from the budgeted amount, and there are good reasons for much of this: obviously people move, (or are moved!), personal circumstances change and so on.
We would like to wind this project up, and, more importantly, pay off the remaining borrowing. If you still have an outstanding pledge, please review whether you can help by fulfilling it. If you are fully paid up, but could afford to give an additional pledge, your contribution would be most gratefully appreciated!.
............Mike Bishop - Chairman, Endowment Committee
THE LOGOS PROGRAM
Reaching Children and Youth through the Church
The LOGOS Program will conclude on April 8th this year. We are finally ready for our marionette show, "Dry Bones". We will present our show (including a performance by the LOGOS bell choir) in the Parish Hall Theatre on Palm Sunday, April 5th, at 4:00 p.m. with a pot luck supper following. Everyone is invited (and expected) to come and take part in our enchanted valley where bones come to life, ravens sing and other strange occurrences take place (our loose interpretation of Ezekiel 37).
Thank you to all who have been a part of our program this year, especially Bill Peake, our resident Gepetto and puppet master, and Stacy DeBritz our resident artist, costume and set designer. We have had a good year but are in need of many more adult volunteers. Please consider if you can be a part of LOGOS nexy year. Without more adult participation the program cannot continue. If you are interested and want more information please talk to me, Debbie Trawick or Father James.
Thank you again,
"SAY IT WITH A BOOK"
You are invited to express yourself by donating a
new book to the Church Libraries.
Each donated book will display a label with the
donor's name and personal message.
This is the perfect opportunity to....
All friends members of Saint Stephen's congregation
are welcome to become involved in this venture. It's
a great way to help our library grow.
The next time you have something to say....
- celebrate your child or grandchild's birthday
- show appreciation for a job well done
- say thank you to a church school teacher or other
- parish leader
- share an interest
- remember a loved one
- celebrate a holiday
- make sure a favorite book is in the library
"SAY IT WITH A BOOK."
General information contact Pat Borden.
Saint Stephen's Book Reviews
by Salvatore Belardo and his son Anthony Belardo
This book is a comprehensive survey of business management and planning practices that have evolved due to the accelerating changes in markets and economics over the last decades and now particularly because of globalization of most markets and economies. Emphasis is on the human considerations, which is even more important, for the creativity of all from the line operations to all levels of management through trust not only resuts in individual satisfaction but is requiredfor overall success in satisfying the ultimate customers and markets.
Not only is the human element important from the point of view of the success of the enterprise, but it is the responsibility of a just society to each individual. It is the Christian (and some of the other great religions of the world) philosophy to respect each individual and to practice agape, so this point of view in my opinion is doubly important.
With "change" a continuing condition, the philosophy for unleashing the creative contributions of all, through pervasive "Trust" will help meet the requirements for the success of the organization and the satisfaction of individuals as they strive to contribute to the satisfaction of their customers and all of society.
Sal and Anthony have written an enlightened, refreshing and practical guide for all involved in organizational management in a just society. They have said it so well, with inspiring illustrations from other great writers. It is an inspiring book for all responsible people to read.