Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534

info@spiritofststephens.org www.spiritofststephens.org


                                December 10, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.

Community Council council@spiritofststephens.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter

Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock   info@spiritofststephens.org

Spirit of St. Stephen’s is an independent Catholic community, rooted in social justice.  We believe in the priesthood of all people and center our worship on the Eucharist. Justice, peace, inclusion, gratitude, and the wisdom of the Spirit ignite our prayer and our work to follow the non-violent Jesus. All are welcome.

Welcome to AllThank you for joining your prayer with ours this morning. We remain at many different places along our paths and your questions or comments are invited by any of the ministers. Visitors: We have child care available and also a program for older children during the school year. The first row of chairs on each side of the altar (nearest the musicians) are for those using wheelchairs, walkers, or canes or needing easy access to seating; please do not block the view of those who remain seated in these rows. The section near the front door is a scent free area to better accommodate the needs of individuals with chemical sensitivities/allergies; please refrain from sitting there if you have applied any scented personal care products or have used scented laundry detergent or dryer sheets on your clothing.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED FUND – We've collected funds to help meet the urgent needs of our registered SOSSCC members in the areas of housing, food, clothing, medical, and/or transportation. If you have such a (monetary) need which would be alleviated by a (generally) one-time infusion of a modest amount of cash, or if you know of a member who has such a need, please apply (or encourage that person to apply). Call or email Ed and Sally Ehlinger, edehlinger@gmail.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, med717@aol.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, kcmurphytaylor@aol.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, mlhallett@yahoo.com (651) 697-9534. We respect your privacy.

SOSS community members place high value on responding to the pastoral needs of one another. Please let us know when you (or someone you love) are experiencing a health crisis, death of a loved one or other difficult times. Call 612-767-4530 and follow the menu instructions to relate your pastoral care need. You will be forwarded to the home phone of the Pastoral Care person on call. The Pastoral Care person will answer or call you back to link you with community members who have volunteered to be of assistance. PC members rotate being ‘on-call’.

Gluten-free Eucharist is available to all who would like it. The communion station will be near the windows behind the East pillar.

Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country. Please also pray for all those who have lost loved ones to violence, for the prison staff, and for those who hold vigil to end the death penalty. For more information about efforts to abolish the death penalty, go to www.deathpenaltyinfo.org


Prayer Network (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com) This week we pray with all who prepare the way making ready the path of hope. We pray with messengers, heralds and prophets. We pray with voices in the desert, in the countryside, and in the streets. We pray with all who proclaim a baptism of repentance and all who seek such. We pray with all who practice the forgiveness of sin especially after being once forgiven. We pray in gratitude for all manner of baptisms. We pray in gratitude for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the wonderful, stubborn wisdom that accompanies her. We pray in gratitude for wild women and men and for the many times they are annoyingly inconvenient. We pray with all who believe that only the message matters and act accordingly. We pray with all who know too well the Christ Child’s experience of poverty, rejection and homelessness. We pray with all who lack the basics of winter wear and all who die outside, especially the many that will be remembered at the Homeless Memorial March and Service on Dec.21. We pray in gratitude for our voices and our visions especially when we raise them up in community. We pray in gratitude for comfort and tenderness, for all who need it and all who provide it. We pray with all who live in fear. We pray in gratitude for all prophetic voices crying out, “Here is your God!” that we might take every opportunity to see God. We pray with all who bear glad tidings and all who wish they could. We pray with all who walk with us whether the road is rugged or level. We pray with all who seek to level the rugged road of despair with actions of hope. We pray with all who have no energy to prepare the way. We pray in gratitude for the Special Saturday community with help from the Spirit Families for the many ways their annual Pageant is gift to us. We pray with all who could wait no longer for the return of Christ and have gone to meet him in the kindom, especially Diane, Jeanne, Jim, Sally, and Gini, and for Rita, John, Ed, and all who mourn. We pray with all who are without a loved one for the first time this holiday season. We pray with all who need physical strength and healing, especially Suzanne H, John L., Frank, Freddy, and all our dear ones whether near or far. We pray for children without healthcare. We pray with all whose lives are consumed by fire. We pray with all who suffer sight or vision problems in this season of watching. We pray with all who live with Alzheimer’s or any sort of dementia, their families and caregivers. We pray with all who live with mental illness, addiction, despair, poverty, or any obstacle that keeps them from living the full life God has promised. We pray with Michelle P. and all who live with cancer. We pray for Donald Trump and all elected officials. We pray repentance with all who abuse their power. We pray with immigrants fearing arrest and sisters and brothers in Israel and Palestine fearing violence. We pray with all who need the season of Advent and its quiet prayers. We pray with sisters and brothers throughout the world enduring suffering that we cannot begin to imagine. We pray with sisters and brothers looking to us for hope. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…

The Advent mystery is the beginning of the end of all in us that is not yet Christ.

Thomas Merton

December Worship Committee meeting will be this Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:45 PM in the Fireside Room. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14! All are welcome.

SOSS Christmas Schedule 2017 Because Dec. 24 is a Sunday this year, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 9:30 AM and Christmas Eve at 4 PM! It will be as glorious as the star itself! Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25th, we will pray at 9:30 AM with carols galore followed by a leisurely hospitality hour with the treats that you bring to share. For those who do not need to rush off to holiday gatherings, we will enjoy the gift of each other’s company. Bring your guests, bring your leftover treats; all fruitcakes are welcome!

Family and Children Program Update:  In town for Christmas? Make sure to let Gretchen or Marilaurice know if you plan to be here for our beautiful Christmas Eve service.  There are many ways for children and families to participate in the mass.

Teachers needed!  Church School is looking for teachers for the new year (Jan2018)
The lessons are prepared for you and Gretchen is happy to help support you in your teaching.  The young people love getting to know our community, so please consider volunteering!


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Today after Liturgy– JEAC will present Amanda Lyons, Director of the U of MN Human Rights Center, who will speak on the obligations of corporations under international human rights law and how we can encourage our local business leaders to comply.  Amanda is very familiar with Catholic social justice, having worked with the Franciscans International on human rights advocacy.  Please join us in the Fireside room.

Sanctuary Involvement Opportunities
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 – 8:30 am, the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration will be holding their monthly prayer vigil outside the Whipple Fed Bldg & Courthouse, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling. (see their facebook) Those with interest are invited to join the group doing a court observation immediately after. Bring a photo ID. To find out more and be a court observer on your own go to

During the season of Advent, we will continue to collect items needed for dignity, safety and warmth by the guests and clients of St. Stephen’s Human Services. Wool socks, gloves/mittens, hats, long and short underwear are most in need. Go to ststephensmpls.org (Get Involved/Donate) for a complete list. Look for the baskets in the Sanctuary to place your items. Thanks to Mike for transporting them each week over to Human Services.

Sunday Dec 10 at 2 pm-The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus of which Hugh S. is a member, works to build community and confront intolerance through music. This year they are presenting their annual holiday concert, “Around the World”. All performances at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of M West Bank. Members of our community receive a $5 discount when ordering tickets with the promo code FAITH17 at tcgmc.org or call U of M box office at 612-624-2345.


Tuesday December 12 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm - CCCR and Council of the Baptized invite you to the monthly Open Forum to address this question: “Where do we go from here….given the Massimo Faggioli presentation sponsored by CTA-Mn and symposium “Man, Woman and the Order of Creation” cosponsored by St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, Minnesota Catholic Conference, and the Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture on Dec. 11A three-person panel will introduce issues and provide some brief reflections to be followed by discussion on directions for Church reform. Please join us for this discussion being held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.


EMAIL your bulletin announcement by noon on Wed. to the editors: bulletin@spiritofststephens.org

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