Is there any room at the inn?

As I write this blog, we are currently underway preparing the still frigid sanctuary for Advent. While it was our hope to bring the heat online to celebrate this coming Sunday in the warm sanctuary - we unfortunately have to wait another Sunday to do so. This has, however, not stopped the work in preparation for the restoration of the old font in its new location (see previous blogs and bulletin announcements if you have not heard what it is Council has prepared). I’m now standing in the very cold sanctuary door looking at the beautiful work Council has done, I cannot help but think back 2,000 years ago - when Mary and Joseph also stood in a doorway on a cold night. The message we are sendi

Joyfully Waiting

Matthew 2:11: On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What do I want for Christmas? I want to kneel in Bethlehem, the air thick with alleluias, the angels singing that God is born among us. In the light if the Star, I want to come, the wise ones and humble, I want to see them come bearing whatever they treasure to lay at the feet of him who gives his life. -excerpt from What Do I Want For Christmas by Ann Weems How can I even begin to understand the joy of Christmas without first understanding what was at stake if God were not to have

The Rest of the Story

One of the most enjoyable presidential elections I experienced was in 1984. Dave and I were living in Italy. We got just enough current news to have a sense of what was going on with the election without having to suffer through the ads and television coverage and newspaper stories. What I really enjoyed was getting our news magazines several weeks after the fact and reading the predictions about what would happen which turned out to be totally wrong. Nowadays I listen to a lot of podcasts. And I'm woefully behind on them, which means that right now I'm listening to news-based podcasts from August, when President-Elect Trump's campaign was disintegrating, and the election was Hilary Clinton'

Symbols and Meaning

Have you ever wondered why I do something the way I do, or have you ever been to another church where they did something you were curious about? I encourage you to ask the question in the comment section of the Facebook post where this blog appears. If you are too shy, email me or send me a letter and I will answer accordingly. Now, to continue from Sunday. We know the first portion of our service is called the “Gathering.” Here we are welcomed into the church by the pastor and the prelude, preparing us for the start of worship. Then we are invited by the sound of the bell, an ancient tradition, to stand and face the font. Now note this, we are invited to do so, not required. Please know tha

A Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

She was in the area and had some time to spare, so she decided to visit Arlington National Cemetery. She likes cemeteries. They're peaceful. They are full of stories. Arlington is quiet, despite the large number of tour groups, including school groups. She chuckles to see what leaders use to keep their groups together: a hand in the air, small banners, bright-colored shirts, neon-pink umbrellas. She's notices how quiet even the youngest school child is. They all seem to sense the reverence of the cemetery. She walks past several sections filled with the iconic uniform headstones laid out in rows across the gently rolling hillsides. The headstones are simple. Name, military rank, hometown, bi

The Gift of Baptism

It is said that about 71% of our globe is covered with water. They say that about 60% of the human body is made up of water. It is no wonder why we talk about baptism every single Sunday at St. Stephen’s and use flowing water as a symbol of unity in Christ and the elements of nature. Yet, perhaps we have become a bit complacent about this because in one of our most recent dialogues many people did not realize this simple fact. Perhaps because we sometime get into the flow of things and do not realize what is happening in and around us. Perhaps we forget how blessed we are to have three flowing bodies of water that we invoke in our thanksgiving for baptism, the Brandywine, the Christina and t

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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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