SPIRIT OF ST STEPHEN'S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

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

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                                December 24, 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.

 

elcome 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, 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 are blessed. We pray with Mary; sister to us in our flesh, mother of our brother Jesus, co-creator with God of Emmanuel, servant of God, home to God-with-us, model of strength and courage to all. We pray with angels who bring us the life-changing word of God. We pray in gratitude for angels who invite conversation and the wisdom we need to talk back to them. We pray in gratitude for the life-changing blessing that is YES. We pray with all leaders who infuse their authority with truth, humility and integrity. We pray with all who are blessed with wisdom enough to believe that “nothing is impossible with God” and all who can believe in nothing else. We pray with all who are blessed with the miracle and responsibility of children in their lives. We pray with all who are blessed to live without undue fear in their lives and who work to make the lives of others fear-free. We pray with all who are blessed by God with questions and the spark to seek the answers. We pray with all who are blessed to remember that God is God and we are human. We pray with all who are blessed by great hopes for themselves and their children. We pray with all who have lost their children to violence, death, drugs, or apathy. We beg forgiveness for the people murdered with bullets, bombs or landmines made in the United States, paid for by our taxes. We pray with all who are blessed with the ability to rejoice in spite of the facts. We pray with all who find blessing in presence rather than presents. We pray with all who seek blessing but do not seem to find it. We pray with all who are too weary to watch for the Chosen One and all who have watched but have been disappointed too many times. We pray with all who count their blessing as a thin mat or wall to lean against for the night as their shelter. We pray with all who demand both responsible landlords and dignified housing—not either/or. We pray with all who only hope to survive the holidays. We pray for all sisters and brothers who died last year while precariously housed or experiencing homelessness. We pray with all for whom life is neither happy nor merry. We pray with all who live with large amounts of unrelieved pain. We pray in gratitude for medicines, eastern, western and those uncategorized and for all who practice the art of healing. We pray with all who are in need of every sort of healing; each sister and brother wounded in body, mind or spirit. We pray with all who mourn the absence of a loved one in this season of remembering and for whom these days and weeks will be difficult; may comfort be their gift. We pray in gratitude for the faithfulness of the Universe, from the slow tilt of the Earth back toward the Sun at the Winter Solstice to the certain knowledge of new life forming beneath the sleeping soil. We pray in gratitude for the ways the Universe provides hope. We pray with all who seek a true, just and lasting peace in the land where Christ was born. We pray with travelers. We pray with all members and friends of extended Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community. We pray with all war-torn nations, states, communities and homes. We pray for peace and with all who wait for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…

SOSS Christmas Schedule 2017

            Sunday, Dec. 24     4:00 PM   Family Christmas Celebration

            Monday, Dec. 25     9:30 AM   Christmas Day Celebration followed by potluck refreshments!    

            Sunday, Dec. 31    9:30 AM   Holy Family and World Peace Prayer

           

Copies of the weekly readings and text of the homily are available at the North entrance for those with hearing difficulties.

Tuesday prayer for Peace and Healing will NOT meet: Dec. 26. Back again on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 5:20 PM.

 

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
There is a great need for transportation ministers to drive our Spirit elder, John H, to/from church one Sunday every month. John H has been a member of THIS community for decades. He has given his all for SOSSCC consistently with loyalty and much love. He has served as a social justice activist with his beloved wife, Jeanne. They were married for a month short of 60 years when she died recently.

JOHN NEEDS "US" NOW! He lives at 750 Mississippi Blvd. in St. Paul, directly by the Ford Bridge. PLEASE contact Batya to tell her you can serve to fill John's need to bring him to his spiritual home. The email to convey your answer is btova@stkate.edu

And thank you for stepping up to the plate for John now.

Today, Christmas, and through Epiphany (Jan.7), 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. If you have any questions about SSHS, please contact Jodi Trost, director of development and communications, at jtrost@ststephensmpls.org or 612-879-7639.

Forget frankincense & myrrh, just bring gold! Join us for the Annual Epiphany Gathering & Fundraiser for St. Stephen’s Human Services on Saturday, January 6! For the feast of Epiphany, join us to nurture this community that has sustained us for so many years, supporting SSHS while we're at it. Celebrate the season with friends, food, and live music. The party is from 5:30-9:00 pm at the home of Henry and Jeff, 106 E. 24th Street. Attic tour for kids of all ages begins at 6 pm; SSHS presentation at 7 pm. A $50 donation and/or gifts of gloves, wool socks, and new men’s and women’s underwear is suggested. If you need a ride, call Henry by Jan. 5 at 612-875-6001. 

 

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 1:00 pm Seeing All as God’s Children An Interfaith Service Embracing Immigrants and Refugees. Through our testimony, prayer, and music we will recognize our common bond and dignity as beloved children of God. Come hear immigrants share their personal experiences and learn about supportive action you can take. More information: www.tinyurl.com/seeingall     Rides being coordinated from Spirit.

**********MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sunday January 14 – SOSS Community Hour - Annual LAP (Legislative Advocacy Partners) Kick-off event. JEAC sponsored.

SAVE THE DATE! The SOSS Spring Retreat will be held on Saturday, February 24th, from noon until early evening. More details to follow, but please save this date for an afternoon of peace- and hope-filled time of reflection and action.

EMAIL your bulletin announcement by noon on Wed. to the editors: bulletin@spiritofststephens.org Submit community activities for announcement at liturgy: announcements@spiritofststephens.org