St. Stephen’s Nursery School celebrates 50 years in 2019! We want them to know there is a God who loves them
Christ the King Sunday marks the culmination and conclusion of the church’s liturgical year. On this last Sunday of the church’s year we recognize our shared confidence that Christ is on the eternal throne. We use this time to consider again what that means for us in the here and now. Undeniably, such a proclamation becomes deeply personal. To that end, I’ve asked Kimberly Wilson, of Wilson Productions, to come and deliver a sermon of The Rev. Pauli Murray, the first African-American woman ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. Rev. Murray’s sermon is entitled “The Dilemma of the Minority Christian.” This sermon has a timelessness and a universality that makes it still convey the Good News even 40 years after it was written. We are upheld in our present time by the Communion of Saints! Building on the particular gifts of Kimberly and Alcee, we’re incorporating Gospel music throughout the service. We’ve invited Caleb Wright, the lead vocalist at Jazz Vespers, to offer his gifts as part of the team. And the choir will participate in the musical leadership as well. It will be a glorious celebration of the Kingship of Christ, now and forever, here and everywhere, always.
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St. Stephen’s church is the Episcopal Church’s outpost in Ridgefield, CT. Since 1725, the Episcopal Church of St. Stephen’s has been on this exact same plot of land. This, our fourth sanctuary, is already 100+ years old. A lot has changed over these years but one thing remains constant: We are a part of a worldwide network of churches that take seriously that we are human and that living into our humanity requires us to consider how our faith responds to the needs of our world. Thus, throughout history, we’ve been among the first to step forward to wrestle with the social challenges, wherever we may be. With the Word of God (scripture), the witness of the faithful before us (tradition), and the movement of the Holy Spirit in our own lives (reason), we continue to discover the Living God among us. Our Welcome page of this website can tell you a lot more about us.
Some things haven’t changed much at all over these many years. When we do our annual historical service, praying the words said by the first members of St. Stephen’s Church, there is very little that sounds unfamiliar. This common worship can be found throughout the Episcopal Church in the United States. Visit churches in our international network (Communion) and you’ll hear prayers almost identical to our own. Sunday worship roots our life together as Christian people and forms us into the people God longs for us to be.
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