Sermons

Join St. Stephen’s as we gather together virtually, the best we’re able to right now, to bring some spiritual substance to you and the world over the next several weeks.

May 24, 2020 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Thank you for joining us on this seventh Sunday of Easter for the scripture reading, reflection, a Memorial Day Litany and prayers to honor that occasion.

May 17, 2020 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Thank you for joining us on this sixth Sunday of Easter for the scripture reading, reflection, and prayers. Today’s readings: Acts 17: 22-31, Psalm 66 : 7-18, 1 Peter 3 :13-22, John 14 :15-21.

May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Thank you for joining us this Mother’s Day, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Today we welcome guest preacher The Rev. Jenny Gregg and a special Mother’s Day reading by her daughter Noelle!

May 3, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Thank you for joining us for the Fourth Sunday of Easter for the scripture reading, reflection, and prayers. Today we welcome guest preacher The Rev. Bill Loutrel!

April 26, 2020 – Third Sunday of Easter

Thank you for joining us for the Third Sunday of Easter for the scripture reading, reflection, and a litany for the stewardship of the Earth and other prayers. We’re glad to have you.

April 19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter

Thank you for joining us today on this second Sunday of Easter for the scripture reading, reflection, and prayers.

April 12, 2020: Easter Day

Thank you for joining us as our own Interim Rector The Rt. Rev. John Tarrant teams with Rev. Jenny Gregg of Cathedral of the Beloved (Cathedral – Pittsfield) to celebrate with you the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

April 10, 2020: Good Friday

Thank you for joining us this Good Friday for prayers and the reading of The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the story that changed the way we understand God and Holiness.

April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday

Join us as our interim rector The Rt. Rev. John Tarrant takes you through the stories that both established servanthood as a way of following Jesus and the Lord’s Supper as a way of experiencing Jesus over 20 centuries after these events took place.

April 8, 2020: Stations of the Cross

“Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

Join the Rt. Rev. John Tarrant, his wife Pat, Bill Frazier and Joan Evans as they take you through the stations of the cross inside St. Stephen’s Parish, Pittsfield MA. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to reflect on Christ’s Passion and that it helps you grow closer to Him.

April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday

We’re so happy to have you with us today as we team with the Rev. Jenny Gregg of Cathedral of the Beloved in Pittsfield to celebrate Palm Sunday with you.

March 29, 2020: Lent V

Thank you for joining us on this fifth Sunday in Lent. Pull up a chair as we gather together during this period of social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

March 25, 2020 – A Mid-Week Reflection

The below is from a book that was in my father’s library: Daily Strength for Daily Needs, compiled by Mary Wilder Tileston. It was originally published in 1884. This edition was published in Boston in 1947. When my father acquired the book in 1949, he signed his name and the place where he was living at the time, Jacksonville, Florida in it.

“If we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12

“All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.” 1 John 3:24

Abide in me; o’ershadow by Thy love
Each half-formed purpose and dark thought of sin;
Quench, ere it rise, each selfish, low desire,
And keep my soul as Thine, calm and divine.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The Spirit of Love must work the works, and speak the tones, of Love. It cannot exist and give no sign or a false sign. It cannot be a spirit of Love, and mantle into irritable and selfish impatience. It cannot be a spirit of Love, and at the same time make self the prominent object. It cannot rejoice to lend itself to the happiness of others, and at the same time be seeking its own. It cannot be generous, and envious. It cannot be sympathizing, and unseemly; self-forgetful, and vain-glorious. It cannot delight in the rectitude and purity of other hearts, as the spiritual elements of their peace, and yet unnecessarily suspect them.” 
– John Hamilton Thom (10 January 1808 – 2 September 1894) – an Irish Unitarian minister

Reflection

During these difficult times, we are being called to make decisions out of the Spirit of Love. Perhaps, this challenging period we are living through will be an opportunity to discover the difference between wants and needs; important and essential. It is ironic that, at least for the time being, loving one’s neighbor means keeping our distance.

Stay healthy and may the peace of God be with you,

John

March 22, 2020 – Lent IV: Readings, Reflections & Prayers

Thank you for joining us this Fourth Sunday in Lent for readings, reflections & prayers. Pull up a chair and come together with St. Stephen’s as we gather to worship virtually during this period of social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

March 16th, 2020 – Gospel, Reflection, & Litany

Pull up a pew as our Interim Rector, the Rt. Rev. John Tarrant reads the Gospel from March 15th, offers his reflection on it, and shares an adapted litany written by Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn addressing the Coronavirus.

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