Adventures with Advent 1!

Greetings!

Happy New Church Year! We are now in Advent, which is a short season of anticipation leading up to Christmas. (Don’t forget that Christmas is a 12 day feast that STARTS on Dec. 25th).

This season is when we are to take some time to reflect on God’s gift of love that came in the form of Jesus all those years ago. This is something we should do all the time, but in Advent we have some special time set apart for that purpose.

Below is our service from Advent 1. For some reason the camera goes all blurry, but never fear, you can just close your etes and listen instead of looking. Hopefully I’ll figure out the problem before next week. When we do the service, I am all alone in the church, so it is nearly impossible for me to trouble shoot on the fly.

St. Stephen’s Church, Advent 1, Nov. 29, 2020

Thanks for stopping by!

Mo. Lauren

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Adventures with a Bishop’s Visit!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday (11/22/2020) was Christ the King Sunday, also known as the last day of the Church Year. Next week, Advent starts!

It was also a special day for St. Stephen’s as we had a Bishop visiting us virtually. The Right Rev. Geralyn Wolf, Assistant Bishop of Long Island, joined us for worship (on Zoom) and preached. (read more about her here) Bishops must visit each parish in their Diocese on a rotating basis, so it is not uncommon to have a Bishop visit periodically. What is interesting this time is that it was all online.

Due to COVID restrictions and in an effort to keep our people safe, we have a short 30 minutes service in person at 9am, and then at 10am we have our main service on Zoom. The 10am service is the mostly like “normal” with beautiful music sung by the choir, laypeople reading and praying, and the celebration of Holy Eucharist. The difference is that I am in the Church alone (with 1 other person behind the scenes-far away) and everyone else is at home. While this is not idea for our community building, it is what is best for now. My main priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy while still worshipping God together.

It was a pleasure to have Bishop Wolf as a guest and I encourage you to watch our service on YouTube:

Thanks for stopping by!

Mo. Lauren

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Adventures in Being Back Baby!

Hello Friends!

I realize that is has been a very long time between posts and for that I apologize. A lot has happened! As of October 2019, I am back in Long Island at St. Stephen’s in Port Washington, NY and I had another baby in January of 2020. All that combined with the COVID pandemic and life being busy and I have neglected my site.

I hope to post more often. For now, please visit St. Stephen’s website here: http://www.ststephenspw.org/

Our services are recorded from Zoom and posted on You Tube here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIhDWnNOcEl3vCVdhPN75hf0JBLqWO1fb

Thanks for stopping by!

-Mo. Lauren (yup I’m Mother Lauren again!)

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Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter Sermon

~Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Palms! (Sermon, April 14, 2019)

Hello Friends!

I got a new computer, whoooo!  There are still a few glitches here and there, but so far, so good.  (I went for a desktop instead of a laptop this time.)  Anyway, we are at the end of Lent and at the start of Holy Week!

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion of Our Lord.  I love Holy Week.  It is the busiest time of the year for clergy (yes, more so than Christmas) but I find it invigorating.  The liturgies in Holy Week are beautiful, meaningful, and just a little bit strange to those who have never participated in them.  I hope that you too have a prayerful and Spirit filled week.  (click here for our Holy Week schedule, if you live in the area www.stannes-billerica.org )

Below is the link to my Palm Sunday sermon.  The passion of Jesus (the recounting of His last days) is very meaningful and holds a mirror up to us.  It shows us how easily we can get caught up with the crowd, with knee jerk angry reactions, with violence inciting rhetoric.  This is not the past, my friends, it is NOW, it is 21st Century America….

Sermon, Palm Sunday, Year C, April 14, 2019

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Technology!

Hello Friends,

Unfortunately, my personal computer has decided to die!  This is the computer where I edit my sermons for posting.  Therefore, it might a little while before I can post again.  I hope to get the problem fixed soon.  Either way, I will be on vacation March 20-March 26th, so there won’t be a sermon for the 24th anyway.

As a treat, here is a photo of my little guy rocking some green for St. Patrick’s Day.

He is 1 now, time flies!  This cutie keeps me on my toes.

Here are the sermons I owe you, as always, please subscribe on YouTube to get them right away!  I’ll keep you posted on my computer issues.

Sermon, 3 Epiphany, Year C, Jan. 27, 2019

Sermon, 4 Epiphany, Year C, Feb. 3, 2019

Sermon, 5 Epiphany, Year C, Feb. 10, 2019

Sermon, 6 Epiphany, Year C, Feb. 17, 2019

Sermon, 7 Epiphany, Year C, Feb. 24, 2019

Sermon, Last Epiphany, Year C, March 3, 2019

Sermon, Lent 1, Year C, March 10, 2019

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Snow Days!

Hello Friends!

If you live in New England (or the Northeast in general) you probably know about the big storm we had over the weekend of Jan. 18-20.  Because of the snow/rain/ice, we cancelled church on Jan. 20th!  This is something I have never done before, but we thought it was the right thing to do.  So, there is no sermon for Jan. 20th (sorry!).

I know I have been behind in my sermon posts, so here are the ones that I owe you.  As always, if you want them right away, please subscribe to my You Tube page.

Sermon, Advent 4, Year C, Dec. 23, 2018

Sermon, Christmas 1, Year C, Dec. 30, 2018

Sermon, Epiphany, Year C, Jan. 6, 2019

Sermon, 1 Epiphany, Year C, Jan. 13, 2019

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Sermon Backlog! (Sermons Nov. 25-Dec. 16)

Hello Friends,

I have been remiss in posting and I do apologize.  (Sermons are posted weekly on YouTube if you want to subscribe there-links below.)  I have no excuse, just that time slipped away.

Here are my sermons for the last few weeks.  We are in the midst of Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas.  Don’t forget Advent, and don’t forget that Christmas is a 12 day feast that STARTS on the 25th.  Don’t toss your tree out on the 26th (St. Stephen’s Day, btw)! haha

Anyway, here are the sermons, and below a little treat for you.

Sermon, Christ the King, Year B, Nov. 25, 2018

Sermon, Advent 1, Year C, Dec. 2, 2018

Sermon, Advent 2, Year C, Dec. 9, 2018

Sermon, Advent 3, Year C, Dec. 16, 2018

Thanks for stopping by:

-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Large Stones! (Sermon, Nov. 18, 2018)

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it),

This past week was our last Markan reading for a while, as we will some be moving into Advent and a new church year. This is the apocalyptic section of Mark, and this reading has caused many people a lot of strife over the years.  Jesus seems to offer signs of the end of the world, but as far as signs go, t hey aren’t very clear and later He says that no one can know the hour.  So, what is this story really about if it isn’t about “the end?”

Note: I have some coughing fits during the sermon.  The dry air from the church boiler was getting to me.  I did not have time to edit it out (what with the baby and holiday), so think of it as if you are really there!

Text: Mark 13:1-8

Sermon, Proper 28, Year B, Nov. 18, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Financial Planning! (Sermon Nov. 11, 2018)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the very late post.  A look behind the curtain: at home I have a MacBook Pro and that is where I prepare my videos and edit if needed.  At work, I have a PC that is pretty bare bones, so I need to get my videos ready at home.  The problem is, at home is my almost 10 month son!  He comes first, so often the sermon posting comes last, it is a fact of life.  But I have some free time right now, so I will have 2 posts!

This text is the so-called story of the “Widow’s Mite.”  The widow is often held up as a positive example of giving, but she is anything but.  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 12:38-44

Sermon, Proper 27, Year B, Nov. 11, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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