St. Stephen
Catholic
Church

Location

1101 Keaveny Court
Walnut Creek, California 94597
USA

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Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am
Mon -Fri: 7:30 am
Holy Days as announced

Reconciliation
Saturday 3:30 pm

Reflections

From The Office of Faith Formation
8/26/2017 9:18:00 AM
   
Aug. 26 - 27, 2017

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven . .. " - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

In the 1960's a band put the words of Ecclesiastes to music, and the world came to know them not so much as Scripture, but as song. Music has the magical power of transcending time and space and, at its best, lifting us up into God's presence. There's a reason why music plays such an important part in our  worship. It's not a performance; it's praising God in an extraordinary language and helping others to do the same. And even though some of can't carry a tune in a bucket, we still sing. We don’t always hit all the notes but we join our voice with the congregation. We are invited into the song. The same is true with prayer. Some people say they can't pray because they're "no good at it." Whoever gave us the idea that prayer was something we had to be "good at"? Prayer is just about talking to God. And if we can sing, we can pray. Through prayer, we are invited into a new relationship with God. We are invited to push past our fears and live our faith in new ways. We sing, we pray, we tell our truths in new ways. And we find that God is there, cheering us on.

Prayer:  God, for everything there is a season.  Help us to make this a season of transformation and give us the faith to connect to you in new ways.  Amen.

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate