Life after death

My brother Bob, six years older than me, knowing the problems that I would be facing in my “growing up years” (been there, done that) invested much in my life. I have since reinvested them in the lives of my kids, grandkids and others. Bob died much too young at age 38, yet in many ways lived on.

I suppose (at age 82) that I have invested much, also, in others’ lives that will live on when I’m gone (yet not really gone). I believe this is a vital aspect of what we call “eternal” life.

What we invest in the lives of family, friends and others … and yes, strangers … will somehow outlive us. That’s the nature of love. “Love never ends.” It broadens our life now, bringing fullness to it, and it will be there when we’re gone. Take the time to pass it on and your life will become fuller and eternal: “You gotta give it away to keep it!”

—The Rev. Dave Else

Christmas Eve service

Our Christmas Eve service begins at 7 p.m., and will include songs, scripture and celebration, with the Rev. Canon Ted Babcock as celebrant.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this celebration of Christ’s birth! It’s a wonderful time for visitors to attend, especially if you are curious about the Episcopal Church.

There will be no service on Christmas Day, and the church office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.

 

 

Evensong Dec. 13 — all invited!

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Image courtesy St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Buderim, Queensland, Australia.

St. Stephen’s invites all members of the parish and surrounding parishes to an Evensong on the 3rd Sunday of Advent — 5 p.m. Dec. 13.

In the Anglican tradition, of which the Episcopal Church in the United States is a part, Evensong is an evening prayer service in which many of the prayers are sung. The service will take 40 minutes to an hour.

Members of the community are also invited to attend — especially people interested in becoming Episcopalian, or in St. Stephen’s.

A light meal will be served after the service. If you are planning to stay for the meal, please call the church office at 412-664-9379 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 9, or email ststephenschurch@gmail.com.

(You don’t need to RSVP if you’re only attending the service, but it would be helpful.)