Customs and Traditions

What are your customs and traditions for the holidays that are coming up? Do you always dress up for Halloween? Do you always decorate the house so it's the coolest house on the block? Did your grandparents do the same? Will your grandchildren? Is there a favorite side dish that you have to have at Thanksgiving dinner? Did your grandparents enjoy the same dish? Will your grandchildren? Do you always open your presents on Christmas Eve? Are there certain decorations that have to be put up? When do the Wise Men make it to the manger scene? Did your grandparents do the same things? Will your grandchildren? It turns out that most of what we call "traditions" are actually customs. They are partic

For All the Saints!

Did you know that this was, prior to the Reformation and even for some today, a Holy Day of Obligation (which means you have to go to church - or else!) There is also a day called All Soul's Day, of which is slightly different. In the pre-Reformation tradition, All Saints was reserved for the commemoration of those that were assuredly in heaven, the saints. All Souls, however, was for those that have died that have not yet attained access to heaven. Sounds a bit out of sorts, a bit foreign I imagine. Or at least I hope it might. All Saints Day was retained by Martin Luther and many of the reformers of the church, but not a day to pray for only the Saints recognized by the church. All Soul’s

Mercy and Grace

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog article just to have something ready in case writer’s block happened one week. I wrote: “I think Jesus valued privacy. When he healed someone he frequently told them not to say anything to anyone.” Then I went to a workshop. We happened to explore some of those stories where Jesus healed someone and told them not to tell anyone. But the conversation led to the fact that these people who had been ill and shunned and ignored for most of their lives had never had a normal life. Jesus wasn’t telling them to hide the truth from people, he was encouraging them to go and enjoy a normal life for the first time, a life among people. In one morning my understanding turne

Harvest Time at St. Stephen's

We bless you, God of Seed and Harvest And we bless each other That the beauty of this world And the love that created it Might be expressed through our lives And be a blessing to others Now and always Amen How often do we bless God for the gifts we have? For the changing season from (what this Chicago guy would say was dreadful) summer to autumn - do we bless God? I think we probably do in our own ways, be it an outright “thank you God” to a more subtle thank you. More subtle in the way in which we take longer walks to feel the crisp air or enjoy a trip apple picking or to the pumpkin patch. I love autumn - I love the change of leaves. The cooler air. The brisk winds. It reminds me that the

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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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