Nourished into Growth

Chicago-based pastor and teacher, Joseph Sittler, once said that we don’t “just grow”: we are “pushed, pulled, dumped, into growth.” I guess that I have experienced enough frustration, disappointment and grief to know that what he said is true: they have all had their part in the formation of my more mature faith than had I been able to move blithely forward in the direction I had thought I was heading even when I was forty. But when I think of my experience as a part of the community that is St. Stephen’s, I realize that one can also be lured, summoned, nourished, even seduced into growth. When I arrived in New Castle County in 1996 it didn’t take long before I noticed St. Stephen’s and

The Joy of Music

My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation. I hear the real though distant song that hails a new creation. Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing. It sounds an echo in my soul, how can I keep from singing? What though the tempest loudly roars, I hear truth, it’s living! What though the darkness round me close, songs in the night it’s giving! No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging. Since I believe that love abides, how can I keep from singing? When tyrants tremble when they hear the bells of freedom ringing. When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing? In prison cell, in dungeon dark, our thoughts to th

Will You Come with me?

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name forever. (Psalm 34:3). What am I looking forward to most this summer? The opportunity to worship in the chapel, where it will be air conditioned and cool - not like my first summer at St. Stephen’s where we baked in the sanctuary under the oppressive heat. And while, yes, I can be accused of having “first world problems” in my dislike for the oppressive humid heat of our home state, I also have another reason for looking forward to the chapel worship over summer. The space is smaller and we can on most Sundays, fill up all the seats! There is something very exciting about seeing a filled room of people worshiping together, singing togethe

Forging Connections

On Thursday, June 1st, Pastor Jason and I made the trip down to Ocean City, Maryland for the 30th ELCA Delaware Maryland Synod Assembly. It had been my intention for a while to attend a synod assembly, so I was looking forward to the experience and opportunity to represent St. Stephen’s. It was also my first visit to Ocean City, and I enjoyed taking in the views of the beaches as we progressed further south! The Synod Assembly opened with a worship service, and it was fun to pick out some familiar faces in the crowd as I spotted some clergy members I’ve met in Wilmington, and some family friends from Minnesota who moved to Baltimore a couple of years ago. The subsequent two and a half days w

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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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