Responding through Faith

“You look different with your clothes on.” That’s not a normal faith-based introduction line. But for some folks of St. Stephen’s, it’s the natural outgrowth of an act of responding through faith. In December 2015, the building used by New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church was burned to the ground. The congregation from the Vandever Avenue neighborhood was left homeless just before Christmas. They made temporary arrangements for worship in December and January. Sharon, a member of the St. Stephen’s congregation, saw a television news story about the arson. She didn't just watch the news story. She responded with the knowledge that St. Stephen's had space to offer. She contacted Chuck, who

The Gift of Yarn Balls

When my sons were young, my mother used to send them money for Christmas. Other grandchildren get a Christmas card and an envelope with some money stuck into it. My boys got what we called "yarn balls." Mom would take the gift money, get a variety of denominations of cash, including dollar coins, state quarters, and $2 bills, and she would roll it up in a big ball of yarn. Dave and I sometimes got our own yarn balls. Unrolling the yarn balls became one of my favorite times of Christmas. We opened the gifts from distant family members after dinner, after a day of enjoying the gifts from each other and friends. As the boys unrolled the yarn balls to retrieve the gift money, they would roll the

Extraordinary Times

I'm hoping that people are taking this ordinary church time to try to see some of the extraordinary things that God is doing in our lives. Nobody has responded through the website or on Facebook, but I hope you're looking. Extraordinary doesn't have to mean big. When my father died years ago someone gave me an African Violet plant. I am not good with plants, so in a year or two when it stopped blooming, I was just happy the plant stayed alive. After several years of being used to seeing this leafy, green, yet flowerless plant, I returned from Synod Assembly to discover a single purple blossom on the plant. The timing was perfect. It was in June, which include Father's Day, our anniversary, a


"Theological puzzle: Why don't we call Pentecost season ‘extraordinary time’ - awareness & attention of the spirit inhabiting the world?" Diana Butler Bass Extraordinary experiences in this ordinary time: I finally finished reading the Bible. It took me about 18 months to get through the one-year reading program, but I finally did it. I found things that I recognized, and lots that I didn't, and I was amazed how often I ran across a story, or a set of verses that seemed to exactly fit where I was at the time. And, just when you need it, the right word or theme appears. The theme that kept cropping up in the last week was "voice." It started with the recognition that some people in the congre

Extraordinary Moments

"Theological puzzle: Why don't we call Pentecost season ‘extraordinary time’ - awareness & attention of the spirit inhabiting the world?" Diana Butler Bass Ordinary time in the church is only two weeks old, and I am already encountering some extraordinary events. First, I finished the embroidery project that I started during Holy Week. It has been fun watching it go through the stages of development from blank fabric and threads to a design, and finally to a small box. Second, my cats killed a mouse. We're pretty sure we know which one actually did it, but neither of them was taking credit the next morning. It certainly was not what Dave was expecting to find in the middle of the kitchen flo

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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