Now It Begins

It has been a rough few weeks for us and the nation. We are preparing for our annual meeting and looking towards the future. We had a beautiful Advent and Christmas season, but our work as people of God really is just beginning. Wilmington just swore in the newly elected leaders that have promised a rebirth for our city. We wonder, could this be the change we need. Our nation is struggling with the transition of power, leaving many to wonder if supporters on either side will ever see eye to eye. If ever a time came for God to help us, it's now. Yet, God has helped us in the Christ child, and Howard Thurman reminds us of that. Howard Thurman is an African-American theologian, educator, and Ci

Singing Our Faith

For some reason, the music we sang this last Sunday really struck me. The Gospel Acclamation we're singing is music written by Dan Howe. It's part of his Incarnation Mass which we use during the Epiphany season. We haven't done this particular acclamation in a long time, but I love the words: My word will never come back to me empty, but will accomplish my will says the Lord, and the word become flesh and dwells among us. The words are from Isaiah 55 which is subtitled in many Bibles as "An Invitation to an Abundant Life." The entire chapter is wonderful reading. Here’s just a bit: For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

Pastor's Thoughts on 500 - Forever Reforming

Sacraments Throughout the Reformation 500 Commemoration, Pastor Jason will occasionally take on some themes of the Reformation and the ELCA - together always reforming towards understanding and living into the faith of Jesus Christ. Who are we, how do we honor our past, and how do we prepare for a future of change? I wonder what Luther would think, 500 years from when he first posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg. It might be surprising for some to know that Martin Luther was a devout Roman Catholic that took serious his sacred vows to the church and to the teaching of doctrine and scriptures. So much so that what he was doing, in posting his thesis, was his attempt t

Sweet Dreams

The Bible spends a great deal of time telling us about two men who excelled at the art of interpreting dreams: Joseph and Daniel. It was a skill they were able to use to their advantage in dealing with kings and pharaohs. I'm not always sure I want to know what my dreams mean. There are dreams that leave me troubled. There are dreams that bolt me awake. There are dreams which float me back to consciousness feeling rested and peaceful. There are dreams within dreams which make it difficult for me to know when I'm actually awake. Thank goodness dreams aren't always true. I will never, ever, pass that math class after skipping all the classes and showing up naked for the final. And I have one d

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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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