Believing in Saints

Last week at the Farmer’s Market, someone came up to us and said, “I didn’t think Lutherans believed in saints.” To which I replied, “We believe in saints; we just don’t pray to them.” We also believe in saints in two different ways. We believe we are all made holy by being baptized into the body of Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. At the same time we believe there are those who model more clearly for us what it means to live out God’s grace. St. Francis of Assisi is one of these exemplary witnesses who lived at the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th. He was born the son of a wealthy cloth merchant, but along the way he left his family and renounced his possession

Day of Atonement

Years ago when we moved back to Minnesota for a year, one of the things I missed was the reminder of the Jewish holidays. In the town we lived in school was not cancelled for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur (or for Columbus Day or for most anything else). I realized how those days off school on the East coast were gifts that connected me to my Jewish friends and tangentially to the Jewish faith. I would have learned to create my own reminders, but that year, as fall came in, I remember running to the calendar to see if the High Holy Days had already come and gone. So here’s a reminder to all of us: today is Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement for the Jewish faith. It is a day of prayer and fasti

"A World Class Saint"

“God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.” – Dag Hammarskjold This Friday, September 18th, is the day we commemorate, a Swedish Lutheran who became Secretary General of the U.N. from 1953 to 1961 when he died in a plane crash on his way to negotiate a cease-fire in the newly liberated Congo. Hammarskjold was originally selected by the Soviet Union and the United States to be Secretary General because they thought he would be a good and quiet administrator – not make any waves. Instead he, in the words of Re

Give Me What I Need

​ In May, a business owner in Washington declared that he was guaranteeing all of his employees a minimum salary of $70,000. Why that number? Well, it seems that there really is a point at which more money won’t buy more happiness. That number (in average) is $70-$75,000. So Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, decided to give all of his employees, at a minimum, that “happiness” salary. He slashed his own salary, dug into the company’s saved profits, and set up a plan to make it happen. There was backlash. Clients left because they were afraid of higher future costs. Other local companies thought it was going to make them look stingy. More clients signed up, but they won’t be profitable for G

Queen of the PCT

​ People respond to grief in all sorts of healthy and unhealthy ways. The latter, I think, happens when we are afraid of grief’s pain and so we do everything we can to avoid it. We try to escape emotional/spiritual pain by burying or drowning it while simultaneously feeling so numb that we also do crazy things just so we might feel something, anything. In Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, both a book and a movie, she starts out running away from her grief over her mother’s death in a myriad of unhealthy and self-destructive ways and then takes a physical, spiritual journey hiking 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. The hike is about working through her grief and discovering who she is and w

St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve


1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806


As a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, we believe that the gospel is God's gift to all people, shared unconditionally and without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or family status, age, physical or mental abilities, outward appearance, or religious affiliation. We seek to live the truth written in Ephesians that Christ breaks down the dividing walls between us and makes us one.


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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

1301 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806



We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Delaware-Maryland Synod.



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