Welcome to the website of the parish church of St Stephen, South Dulwich in South East London, England. St Stephen’s is a parish church of the Church of England, and aims to be a broad and inclusive church valuing formal liturgy, challenging preaching, and fine music but aiming also to serve its community and parish. We are striving to make Christ’s presence real in our community. Our postal address is: St Stephen’s Church College Road SE21 7HN Telephone: +44 20 (or from the UK 020) 8693 3797 E-mail: ParishOffice@ststephensdulwich.org
Thought for the week.
This Sunday we celebrate Christ the King. Before we welcome Christ’s birth in the Advent and Christmas seasons we focus on his glory as King of all. But in fact these two images, powerful king and helpless baby, are inseparable. In Philippians 2 St Paul exhorts us to:
‘Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.’
This week we might think about the power we have. Do we use it for our own aggrandisement, or to serve others, even at cost to ourselves?
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the Hall
Sunday, 23rd November. Festival of Christ the King
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) – sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children – sermon: The Vicar
Music and Hymns
Processional Hymn: 165 Christ is the King! O friends rejoice
Gloria: Thorne Mass of St Thomas
Gradual Hymn: 563 Rejoice! The Lord is King
Offertory Hymn: 278 Alleluia, sing to Jesus!
Setting: Gibbons Short Communion Service (Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei)
Anthem: Gibbons Great King of gods
Recessional Hymn: 172 The head that once was crowned with thorns
Voluntary: Walton Crown Imperial
6.30pm Service at Dulwich Grove URC Church to launch our local Churches Together in South Southwark “Advent Homelessness Appeal”
Services during the week
Monday to Friday:8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Sunday, 30th November 1st Sunday of Advent
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Curate
10am: Choral Parish Eucharist with Baptism. Sermon: The Curate.
Baptism candidate – Maximilian King
Many thanks to all who organised the St. Stephen’s Quiz Night last night, especially the Social Committee, and Dominic Ceglowski for being the quizmaster. It is one of the social highlights of the St Stephen’s year and a great evening was had by all!
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This year we will again be supporting the Churches Together in South Southwark Annual Advent Appeal for the homeless. Please come to the service at Dulwich Grove URC Church at 6.30pm tonight if you can. We will also be accepting donations for the Appeal throughout Advent. Please place them in envelopes marked ‘Advent Appeal’ and give them to one of the clergy or sidespeople.
The Curate will be offering an Advent course exploring different methods of prayer. These will be on Tuesdays 25th November, 2nd and 9th December. Each session will last 45 minutes to an hour and will run twice, once at 1.30pm and once at 7.30pm. The first session, this week, will be on the Examen prayer of St Ignatius Loyola: a way of looking back at the day and praying with the material of our lives.
26th November 2014 at 8pm at St Barnabas,Val Shawcross “Is the economic power of London skewing the economy of the UK?” Val Shawcross CBE is the Member of the London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark. Everyone welcome. Donation of £2 per person to meet the costs of warming the building.
CREATION The Dulwich Mystery Play adapted from the traditional mediaeval dramas by Tricia Thorns. SUNDAY 7th DECEMBER 2.30 and 5.pm, St BARNABAS CHURCH, Calton Avenue SE21. Dances, comedy and spectacle with St Barnabas Choir and the Mock Tudor Band with their extraordinary instruments. ADMISSION FREE!– a retiring collection for the Advent Homelessness Appeal, by Churches Together in South Southwark.
Dates for your diaries: Christmas Produce Sales on Sundays 7th & 14th December. Donations for stalls and raffle will be most welcome.