Psalms

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Ps 119:105) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. (Ps 139:13) The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (Ps 23:1) When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. (Ps 8:3) What do you know about the Psalms? Psalms are the sacred songs of our history as people of God. They are important to the Jewish faith just as they are to the Christian faith. Yet, it seems that in our tradition (be it Lutheran, St. Stephen’s, and Christianity in general) we have relegated these sacred texts to side notes. Texts that can be ripped out of our regular Sunday

Symbolism

As I attended the revival service at St. Stephen's on Tuesday night. I pulled out my phone to video part of Rev. Oliver’s sermon for Facebook. As I filmed I became very aware of just how much stuff we have in our sanctuary. There was Rev. Oliver in a simple white robe standing at a simple wooden lectern. There was a banner on the wall. There were paraments on the lectern, the eagle, the pulpit and the altar. There was the Paschal Candle, candles on the altar, candles behind the altar, and the candelabras on each side of the altar. There was the carved altar, and the carved wood reredos. There was the stained-glass window. And that was just what I could see in the screen of my hand-held phone

Ministry of Presence

How can you get involved over the summer? Not a bad question because often people seem to get wrapped up with summer plans and vacations and neglect their spiritual lives. Sometimes others are yearning to get closer to God and their spirituality. Beginning in June, we have a wonderful opportunity to continue our presence at the Westside Farmers Market in Cool Spring Park, but in a new and improved way. While we will be engaging in the ministry of presence among the beauty of God’s creation, we will be doing so in a more focused way. The market has gone through some changes which will help redirect it to be more community centered and more meaningful to those that attend. Sound familiar? I ho

Speaking Truth

I was recently spending time on my phone deleting thousands of old emails. Every time I turned on my phone, I was faced with a photo I had placed there which said “Destroy nothing.” I caught the irony. But it made me think about the importance of speaking truth, of speaking and acting the same way. Speaking truth, or accepting truth, seem to be problems in today's world. When I was a kid my mother and I listened to talk radio. One evening one of the hosts referred to "facts of misunderstanding." It is a phrase which has stuck with me. With facts of misunderstanding, a person can have all of the facts in front of them, but because of personal agendas, because of religious beliefs, because of

Where do you find God?

I was inspired and appalled by two conversations over the past few days. The bad first… In a conversation (on Facebook which should never have happened) regarding immigration, I expressed how important it is to consider deeper issues other than simply documented vs undocumented. Issues such as why do people flee their homes for uncertainty and hostility in a new nation? Is home worse? Warsan Shire, a Somali refugee, writes “no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark...no one puts a child on a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” He calls our attention not to immigration, but to world events that cause people to flee. I'm not going to offer a solution - but just a small

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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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