Lent: A Time for Self-Reflection

I have been assured that Lent comes, and it comes every year. Usually earlier than this year. Yet, it still comes as a surprise to me each year - and it will probably always be this way. Lent, coupled with Holy Week, is one of the busier (if not the busiest) time of year for clergy and church staff (so be kind to Kanchalee!). Even though this seems to have snuck up on me, I cannot help but keep my mind set towards this very sacred time of the church. This Ash Wednesday we are going to hear the Lenten Invitation from the church: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by

Finding Your Treasure

My feeling-old moment of the week: The Smothers Brothers premiered 50 years ago. Like Rocky and Bullwinkle there was humor at levels that worked for children and adults. and my mother and I both enjoyed the show. I loved that there was someone playing the string bass. (As a new string bass player it was good to have a role model. Thank goodness Tommy was the good brother.) It started my awareness about presidential politics with Pat Paulsen’s candidacy. The show introduced me to Simon and Garfunkel. And, oh my gosh, it was 50 years ago and I remember it! Now on to today's message. I started playing the piano when I was about eight. I started playing the string bass at the same time. I picked

Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount He spoke of the poor in spirit standing there on the mountain side Over 15,000 people would hear it this very simple spiritual guide About all those who mourn and the comfort that they shall find As the eight Beatitudes were born as Jesus so beautifully defined Jesus would go on to speak of many that are downcast in society As He spoke of the meek and their great inheritance they shall see And the thirst and hunger for righteousness how they will be filled Oh how the good Lord does bless all those who do what He willed And the merciful He also spoke of and how they too shall see mercy As Jesus conveyed that it would be love that would set every soul free In th

Because There Are Good People

From his obituary: Ernest Goldman was born on December 2, 1913 in Vienna, Austria. He grew up in a village in Moravia, near the border with Bohemia, two kingdoms of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which became part of Czechoslovakia in 1918. When he was 15, his family moved to Vienna, where he lived for 10 years until emigrating to the U.S. in December, 1938. After the Nazis annexed Austria to the German Reich in March of that year, life became very difficult. As a Jew he was no longer able to pursue his studies in physics at the Institute of Technology (Technische Hochschule) in Vienna or his piano lessons, and he started to make plans for emigration. Fortune was with Ernest in several ways: F

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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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