SPIRIT OF ST STEPHEN'S
Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404
Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534
JUNE 4, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council email@example.com: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Mark Muller, Bob Murphy, Paul Sommers, and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community is an independent Catholic community rooted in Vatican II and Catholic Social Teaching. We believe in the priesthood of all people of faith, and we center our worship on the Eucharist. We support each other in trying to follow the nonviolent Jesus who was radically inclusive. Justice and inclusion in our worship and in our community support our work for justice and peace in our world. We are living the questions, and listening for the Spirit's guidance. All are welcome.
Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Robert Melson on 6/08/17 in AL. Please also pray for the victims of violent crime, all the families involved, the prison staff, and 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 (Marilaurice@hotmail.com) This Pentecost week we pray in the wisdom, power and fire of the Holy Spirit. We pray in gratitude for tongues of fire that can warm the coldest heart or consume the pyre of injustice and falsehood. We pray in gratitude for languages and their music, for translators who open doors of communication, and for all who courageously struggle to learn a second language. We pray with all who embody the Spirit through their lives of fiery love and action, especially toward those who are poor. We pray in gratitude for all who speak through the power of the Spirit to make a new world possible. We pray with all who remind us to “receive the Holy Spirit.” We pray with all who live in fear. We pray with all who know too well the reality of locked doors, especially prisoners of all sorts. We pray with all who actively accept the commission of the Spirit to renew the face of the earth, especially restoring habitats for pollinators. We pray in gratitude for forgiveness and the humility to accept forgiveness when it is offered. We pray with all who know that while we come from every nation under heaven, we are one body. We pray with all who seek peace, make peace, and pray for peace. We pray with all who distain war and violence of every sort. We pray with all who have faced the fear and destruction of fire and in gratitude for all fire fighters, especially volunteers. We pray in gratitude for all who make the marvels of God happen, especially the staff, clients and guests of St. Stephen’s Human Services programs. We pray in gratitude for the God who is good, always and everywhere. We pray with all who use the power of the Spirit to serve. We pray with all who are uncertain about their abilities to take up the challenges of discipleship. We pray with all who retain the sins of others and find themselves bound. We pray in gratitude and hope with all graduates. We pray in gratitude for teachers, administrators, staff and all who love, protect and teach our students of every age. We pray with all who celebrate anniversaries of life and anniversaries of commitment in this season of new life. We pray in gratitude for mercy, action, and wisdom which may lead to understanding between the Walker and First Nations. We pray with all in transition, especially those making decisions about jobs and those seeking dignified employment. We pray for the Spirit of St. Stephen community on our feast day of Pentecost. Like the first Church born of the fire and wisdom of the Spirit, may we grow in grace, truth, and the justice of the Holy One. We pray with all who suffer the aftermath of tropical storms, flooding, and natural disasters. We pray with the Castile and Yanez families during the difficult days ahead. We pray in gratitude with all cancer survivors as well as with all who live with cancer. We pray with all who seek the peace of healing in body, mind or spirit: our dear community members—John L, Colleen O’M, Charlotte S., Diane L, and all of us on various paths of becoming whole, friends and family, and all in need of our prayers. We pray for President Trump and all world leaders. We pray with gardeners who touch the earth and are themselves transformed. 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 Spirit Sanctuary Task Force asks you to please hold in prayer Alfredo from Mexico and Chan from Vietnam. They are immigrants that have been separated and detained from their families and friends. They may well be deported back to their native countries even though they have established roots in America for more than ten years.
Come, O Spirit, and send out a ray of uplifting light.
Come, Parent of the poor, Giver of gifts, Source of enthusiasm.
Come Comforter, Gentle Host of Hearts, Delightful Consoler.
Come blessed Light of Awareness and renew the hearts of us all.
Clarify what is unclear for us, revive what is listless, heal what is hurt.
Make what is inflexible in us elastic, what is frightened in us, fearless,
what is inconsistent in us, constant.
Peace to those who trust in spite of all, Courage, Perseverance and Deep-down Joy.
It takes many persons to create a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Liturgical ministries are listed on the front of the bulletin. If you would like to become a liturgical minister, change your ministry commitment or notify me of dates you are not available for the next schedule -- now is the time! The schedule of ministry volunteers for the months of July through October, will soon be prepared. Please contact Fran by June 8th for any of the above reasons at email@example.com
Calendar meeting: Next Sunday, June 11. Anyone who wants to get a date on the calendar to reserve space for a meeting, speaker, or event is needed. We will gather in either the Sanctuary or the hallway! Contact Marilaurice for info.
Second Collection today will support CTUL (Center for Workers United in Struggle). If you missed last week's fundraiser here is another chance to support their immigrant worker campaigns against wage theft and for dignity, better working conditions and fair wages. CTUL is led by members of the low-wage community. Help them continue to be a strong voice for working communities of color.
Spirit of St. Stephen’s Oral History Project Peace & justice… Vatican II… Solidarity with the suffering… Civil disobedience… Radical inclusion… Living the questions…! Our faith community’s history is rich and compelling and we’re gathering the stories! Would you like to interview someone or type up an interview? Training will be provided. Participate a little or a lot—you choose! For young adults or members who joined SOSS more recently, this is an opportunity to converse with a beloved elder. Summers can be busy, so even if you can’t help until fall or winter, please get on the volunteer list! Contact Margaret Miles at 612-990-7149 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit of St Stephen's will be officially present at Pride Festival this year (June 24-25th) with a group of downtown churches marching under a "Welcoming Churches" banner in Sunday's parade, and shifts at a tent in the two day festival. Join us! Email Andrea Gross (email@example.com) or sign up with Andrea after church Sunday June 4th. There is a cap on the number we can march with in the parade, so gauging interest early will be key.
Wednesday, June 7 from 3-9 pm Indeed Brewing fundraiser for SSHS. Please join St. Stephen’s Human Services on Wednesday, June 7 from 3-9 pm for “Indeed We Can Wednesday” at Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Ave. NE. That night all net proceeds from the Indeed Taproom will be donated to SSHS. It’s an easy and fun way to support our work ending homelessness! Hope to see you there.
Saturday June 10 If you have participated in ISAIAH actions or attended the Prophetic Resistance Gathering earlier this year - please consider attending the Leadership Assembly on June 10th. It is time to continue our resistance, with a longer term strategic plan to disrupt politics as usual with our values and stories over the next year and a half. Join ISAIAH on June 10th for a Leadership Assembly, to get clear about what kind of engagement it's going to take to be that disruptive force for our values in the state in 2018! Register here: tinyurl.com/june10assembly
ISAIAH Leadership Assembly on June 10, 9 am-2 pm at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church 5929 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center
Tuesday, June 13, 7-8 pm Council of the Baptized Open Forum on What is this about an Archdiocesan Synod? Do we want Archbishop Hebda to convene an Archdiocesan Synod and open communications throughout our local church? What kind of a Synod should it be? Given the upheaval in the Archdiocese in the past ten or more years, we are hoping for a healing Synod that brings people together in a vision of what a local church should be - a joyful and united manifestation of God's love for the world. Come learn more and voice your ideas or concerns at the Council of the Baptized Open Forum at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So Snelling in St. Paul.