Shut the Door

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” So basically it is as if he is commanding us to shut the door! Strange, seeing as how we can probably all find more verses in scripture where Jesus tells us to open the let people welcome...etc… But in this case, he tells us to shut the door. He is actually explaining that prayer is something between you and God. There is no call or reason for making a scene in public just to show how righteous you are...just how pious you are over another individual. That was what was happening at his


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lit·er·a·cy ˈlidərəsē,ˈlitrəsē Noun the ability to read and write. synonyms: ability to read and write, reading/writing proficiency; learning, book learning, education, scholarship, schooling "literacy and numeracy are the first goals of education" competence or knowledge in a specified area. We now know how the dictionary defines literacy, but what does it mean? It is something that is very important to St. Stephen’s. After all, my letter of call does specifically describe one of my duties as pastor is to help build the biblical literacy of the church. (I wonder how many of you know that is part of what the Call Committee and the Council have identified as “important” to the church.) I be

What We Have Left Undone

If I had heard Sunday's sermon two hours earlier, I hope I would have acted differently. I got to church early on Sunday morning, and as soon as I got here I realized I was supposed to have made the communion bread for the service. So I got back in the car and hustled over to Acme to pick up something. As I parked my car I noticed a woman sitting on the hillside by the parking lot. She was bundled up in several layers of ragged looking clothes, so I presume she was one of the neighborhood's homeless people. I said good morning to her as I passed and thought maybe I would pick up a bottle of water and some food for her. I perused the bread options, found something that would work, and went to

Now What?

Now what? We commemorated the Reformation. We wore red. We dedicated a beautiful painting. We sang A Mighty Fortress. Now what? What should we do now that the Reformation is over!? On October 31, 1517 in a simple act of defiance Luther began a political, cultural and economic change that is still felt today. As Senator Coons said at the joint service on October 29th, the Reformation paved way for what would eventually become our democracy and our nation. It is the spirit of the Reformation that has and will continue to allow people the freedom of so much. The freedom to question - question even the church! The freedom to live in a way where church doctrine never over powers the true Word of

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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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