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Fill my cup; let it overflow

i thank You God for most this amazing day by e.e.cummings i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay great happening illimitably earth) how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any—lifted from the no of all nothing—human merely being doubt unimaginable You? (now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened) Can’t you just hear the abundance of life carried in these words?

Lighting a Candle for Hope

Five years ago I went to Spain after listening to a program on Cordoba – the city where for a time Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived in peace. I wanted to go and see this place, learn its history, be reminded of the possibility for peoples to live peaceably together. Two years ago I went to Istanbul thinking, “Let me go before it blows up like Iraq.” This year when my sister and I went to Paris, it never entered my mind to think that it too might explode. It’s hard to sort through the different emotions Friday night’s attacks evoke: anger, sadness, fear. One can go on-line and read an ISIS manifesto called “The Management of Savagery/Chaos.” One of the listed goals is to “work to expo

The Exception

There are 66 books in the Bible. Between our two weekly Bible studies we have read 27 of them in three years, including Isaiah (probably to everyone’s dismay because it is a very long book). One of the rediscoveries for me has been how Scripture always corrects itself. If one reads Joshua, the Canaanites throughout most of it are considered “the bad guys.” Throughout much of the Old Testament the Moabites are described as vile people to avoid at all costs. In the gospels, one hears the scribes portrayed as Jesus’ opponents. The centurions are Romans, part of the occupying force and thereby, one imagines, enemies. And yet, what we have been reminded of in our reading is that Scripture d

Not Enough

At our stewardship luncheon, one person mentioned how she thought Jesus was unfair to the rich man when he told him to “Go and sell all that you have, give the money to the poor, and come follow me.” Mark 10:17-31 “Are we supposed to do that?” she asked. I think what’s important to remember is that the rich man is the one who initiated the conversation. Jesus didn’t go up to him and judging him tell him to get rid of everything. The rich man had followed the ten commandments since he was young and was wondering what he must do to inherit eternal life. He wanted to go deeper with God; he wanted to grow in his faith; and so, he asked and Jesus answered. I suppose that means that if you don’t w

St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve

 

1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806

302-652-7623  office@ststeph.org

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

302-652-7623 office@ststeph.org

 

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

 

 

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