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Ordinary Time

In the church year we are in what is called "common time" or "ordinary time." Ordinary time in the church lasts quite a while. In seven months, from the end of October to mid to late-May, we observe and celebrate Reformation Sunday, All Saints Sunday, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sunday. But the next five months are quiet. There are no major church holidays to observe. Our worship service will remain fairly constant. Most of our own lives also seem to quiet down a bit. Schools take a break, we prepare for summer vacations. The dreary rain is over and we quietly tend to our gardens or relax in our air-conditioned

Where is your treasure?

We have a participation problem. And by” we,” I mean pretty much every organization in existence. Local professional organizations have membership meetings where the only people who show up are the officers and committee leaders. Social organizations struggle to attract younger members with the interest and drive to continue the mission of the organization. Musical groups can find people to perform, but getting people to come to performances is a challenge. Churches, of course, struggle to get people to worship on Sunday mornings, but also to find members willing and able to participate in the social ministry and outreach programs that churches host. I've known people who felt they didn't ne

Putting Your Whole Self In

We did the hokey-pokey during church on Sunday. Most of the congregation was in the aisles putting their right hand in, their right hand out and doing the hokey-pokey. While I remember doing it in school and on the playground, mostly doing the hokey-pokey reminds of how little control I had over my ice skates or roller skates. I could "turn myself around" but I wasn't very good at stopping. The theme of the sermon was "Put your whole self in." Put your whole self in to whatever you are doing. Childbirth, parenthood, work, church. One of my Bible readings this week was from the book of Acts. Paul was being warned not to go to Jerusalem where the authorities were waiting to arrest him. You you

The Spirit of Peace

Frustration seems to be the theme for this week. Frustration about having an early call for a concert and then having to sit and wait for 1½ hours until concert time. Frustration about not being able to talk with someone at one of our banking sites because I wasn't on the "list of approved users" on the account. Frustration about being told that people weren’t responding to requests for information to help in some decision-making. My Bible readings this week have been from 2 Corinthians. Paul was frustrated with them. "This is the third time I am coming to you...I warned those who sinned previously and all the others...that if I come again, I will not be lenient." (2 Corinthians 13:1-2) We l

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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