Smile

I take important things seriously. And I can cry at sappy commercials and movies with the best of them. But I really prefer to see the lighter side of things and laugh. It's important to take our faith seriously, otherwise why would anyone believe us when we dare to share our faith story? But shouldn't we be able to smile and laugh and enjoy things about our faith, and maybe even poke a little fun at the human traditions we've built into our faith practices? There is a scene in the movie Amistad, where a group of 1830s Connecticut religious people approach a prison which is housing Africans who mutinied a slave ship. Two of the Africans talk as they watch the group approach. "Who are they, d

The Acts of the Apostles

It is not often that we get Acts in the lectionary outside of the Easter season - and I am curious, how many of us have read the book or know anything about it? It has been well documented that the Acts of the Apostles is a continuation or an extension of Luke’s Gospel - it opens with a reference to another writing by the author (which leads us to believe this is a continuation of Luke). In this book, we will hear great stories about how the Apostles proceeded with carrying out the message of Christ to the world...and most importantly, how it was received by the gentiles. While we know that Christ came as a Jew and to the Jews, he did extend this very important messiahship and love and grace

On the Street

On Palm Sunday about 50 people gathered at St. Stephen's to walk the streets of Wilmington. We were a mixed group: representatives from several of the Wilmington-area Lutheran churches, and a large group from the Delaware-Maryland Synod's Racial Justice Ministry Team. The Synod team does an urban walk every Palm Sunday, but typically in the Baltimore area. This year, the Bishop and the ministry team made the trip to Wilmington to support our first urban walk. We started with a healing service at St. Stephen's. There is something truly wonderful about having a person's hands on you as they pray: "I lay hands on you in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord beseeching him to uphold you i

Holy Week Is Upon Us!

Now that Lent is coming to a close, what are we going to do!? First, let me personally invite you to join us for Palm Sunday at 10:00 am and/or 4:00 pm. In the morning we will celebrate Palm Sunday followed by a passionate reading of the Passion, along with music and poetry to help us better enter into the story. At 4:00 we will gather with our sisters and brothers from all the Lutheran Churches of New Castle County for a service of anointing and healing followed by a prayer walk towards Rodney Square. Then, please do join us for The Great Three Days (Paschal Triduum, Holy Week, etc…) where we will enter into the story more fully with Christ and each other so that on the first Eucharist of E

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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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