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
On 22 July the Church celebrates the feast day of St Mary Magdalene. She was ‘apostle to the apostles’, the very first witness of the resurrection who then was sent out (the meaning of the word ‘apostle’) to tell others the good news (John 20: 1-18). At this time when General Synod has voted to allow women to be consecrated bishops in the apostolic succession, Mary’s story seems particularly appropriate.
Much myth-making has arisen over the centuries about Mary Magdalene. There are several Marys mentioned in the Gospels and they are easily confused. One washed Jesus’s feet and another, unnamed, woman is also narrated as doing the same and characterized as a ‘sinner’. The confusion between these women, added to the strange and beautiful resurrection appearance where Jesus warns her “touch me not”, seems to have given rise to the legend that Mary Magdalene was both Jesus’s lover or wife, and a reformed prostitute. Yet, untangling the confusions, there is no evidence that Mary Magdalene was any of these things. The Gospels simply portray her as one of the most prominent of the women around Jesus who supported his ministry financially and otherwise, who did not desert him when his disciples fled, and who were the first to see the risen Lord. This is how she deserves to be remembered.
That said, whether based in historical fact or not, many Christians over the centuries have taken comfort in the idea of Mary Magdalene as both saved sinner and one of Jesus’s closest friends. She loved him and told others the good news. In the garden she recognized him when he called her by name. One possible prayer for this week might be to imagine what it would sound like to hear Jesus say your name to you. How would that be? What might it lead you to say or do in response?
Please stay for tea and coffee in the Hall after the 10am Parish Service.
Sunday 20th July 2014
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Revd Ed Olsworth-Peter
10am: Sung Parish Eucharist. Sermon: the Revd Peter Westwood
Music and hymns
Processional Hymn: 558 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Gloria: Matthes Mass for Congregation and Choir
Gradual Hymn: 259 Morning glory, starlit sky
Offertory Hymn: 232 For all the saints who from their labours rest
Setting: Matthes Mass for Congregation and Choir (Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei)
Lord’s Prayer: Estonian
Recessional Hymn: 390 Blessed assurance! Jesus is mine
Voluntary: Stanley Allegro from Suite in D
Services and events on Sunday 27th July
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: the Curate
10am: Sung Parish Eucharist Sermon: the Curate
Music and hymns
Processional Hymn: 443 God is our strength and refuge
Gloria: Thorne Mass of St Thomas
Gradual Hymn: 515 Lord, thy word abideth
Offertory Hymn: 308 Just as I am, without one plea
Setting: Thorne Mass of St Thomas (Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei)
Recessional Hymn: 591 The kingdom of God is justice and joy
Voluntary: Smart March in G
Services during both weeks:
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Saturday 26th July: Wedding (Camille Simpson and Patrick Ejezie)
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Revd Susan Height
10am: Sung Parish Eucharist with Baptism. Sermon: The Ven Dr Jane Steen
We welcome the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, to St Stephen’s on Sunday 27th July to preside at the 10am Sung Parish Eucharist.
Dance and drumming workshops: Tuesday 29th July, Thursday 31st July and Friday 1st August in Kingswood House. Come and join Kinetika Bloco for three fun, loud and exciting days of drumming, dance and costume making workshops to create a carnival parade for the Kingswood Festival on 10th August. Drumming and Dance workshops are for young people aged 11-21 years and you must sign up for all three days. Costume making is for all ages and there are drop in sessions to create costume accessories so you can join the parade. Free admission! Visit www.kinetikabloco.co.uk/join-us and fill in the Kingswood Festival application form. If you have any questions or need help with the form please get in touch. Contact: Tamzyn@kinetikabloco.co.uk or 07795 142 535.
The Kingswood Festival will take place on 10th August.
Mystery Play: Churches Together in South Southwark. Tricia Cowley is directing Creation, her adaptation of some of the traditional mystery plays. It will be performed on Sunday 7th December at St Barnabas, as part of the Christmas celebrations across Dulwich. There will be friends from St Thomas More, Copleston Centre, All Saints, St Mary’s, Peckham and other churches. Anyone who would like to be involved, actors or backstage, adults or children will be very welcome. Rehearsals start Sunday 7th September at St Barnabas Church, 2.30-5.30. Leaflets at back of the church, ask Trot for more information or contact Tricia on 020 8693 1484.