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WELCOME TO GILROY

Sunday Services: 8 AM & 10 AM
Wednesday Service: 12 Noon

t Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy, California, is a loyal and loving group of diverse people with a strong sense of family and a desire to be faithful witnesses to Christ Jesus and seek God’s will in all we do and say. By the Grace of God, we will continue to share our mission with a growing community.

TESTIMONIAL OF A RECENT CONVERT AT
ST STEPHEN’S

I had been an amateur genealogist for forty-five years. After documenting hundreds of families, one thing struck me—anecdotal evidence, not proof—families that kept up Christianity did better than most. Not only that, families that kept up Christianity over three or four successive generations did PHENOMENALLY better.

After my immediate family dropped Christianity in the 1930s, my family not only did NOT do well, by 1990 the line was extinct. It was a bitter pill. On the other hand, other branches that had kept up their Christian religion did well, and are doing well.

I figured that this guy—Jesus—I call him Jess—has been in our culture for 2,000 years, that he must have done something right or why would generation after generation choose to pass on his information? With an open mind, I started a five-year journey learning about Jess.

After awhile, I saw that I wanted to be on the inside looking out after having lived decades being on the outside looking in. One day, I made the decision: “I am going to believe.” It was as simple as that.

I researched denominations and liked Episcopal, so joined St Stephen’s Gilroy. In the back of my mind is always the idea of encouraging families to NOT go off on the same ‘no Christianity’ tangent that my own family took.

—Laura

HALLELUJAH
by Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played that pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well, it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah.

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to the kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah.

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well, maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who’d outdrew ya
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Hallelujah.