If you buy a skein of yarn for knitting or crocheting, it is a given that the center part of the skein will be a tangled mess of yarn. It's just what happens when the yarn is wrapped at the factory. It's not knotted, but it's tangled, and a mess. It takes patience to get it all smoothed out. Edie had a ball of yarn at church on Sunday. She had reached the messy, tangled center of the skein. It was colorful yarn, transitioning from yellow to pink to green to blue and back again. Ann Ammerman and I, and later Bill Sperati, worked at getting it untangled. That involves loosening the tangle, passing the ball of yarn through twisted loops, and repeating the process. After about 10 minutes the en

Why Poetry?

I mentioned the name ‘Mary Oliver’ during Sunday’s sermon. I asked if folks knew of her and to my surprise, I got more head shakes saying ‘no’ than the expected nods of ‘yes.’ Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet that passed away a little over a week ago. She lived out East in Provincetown, Massachusetts with her partner Molly Malone Cook (a well-known photographer). Her work painted pictures of nature for so many people - simple yet complicated - beautiful and real. Ms. Oliver is not a Christian poet per se, but her mysticism of nature is something that has drawn Christians to her work. Though not a theologian, her grasp on the invitation to dwell with the created world seems to me

Stephen - Distributor of Assistance

This Sunday we will observe the Feast of St. Stephen – yes, the feast made famous in the Good Wenceslaus song. For those who pay attention to these things, you'll know we're a little late with this. The Feast of St. Stephen is on December 26, so it tends to get buried under the busyness of Christmas. But he is our namesake. We'll probably never know why 130+ years ago our founding members chose to name this new congregation after St. Stephen. I’m sure 130+ years ago, no one anticipated how Wilmington would have changed, and how interactions with St. Stephen’s would have changed. Then, people went to St. Stephen’s on Sunday morning for worship, and during the week for various church-related a


“What brings you hope for the New Year?” This was a question asked last night by a good friend at the conclusion of a meeting last night around my conference table at St. Stephen’s. The group laughed uncomfortably. In large part because the folks gathered around the table just finished talking about how they did not plan on watching the prime time address from the Oval Office. Also, I believe the uncomfortable laughter might have come from our conversation about hope earlier. Hope seems to be a philosophical thought for many right now...more metaphysical than tangible. I paused because for a moment I wondered what hope looks like. As people began to struggle to answer the question I began to

Bigger Than Us

This "Earthrise" photo taken from Apollo 8 in 1968 is among my favorites. (I make no secret of the fact that I'm fascinated by space.) It fits with my image of God. I know some people have very personal imagery of God: walking with Jesus; walking side by side with the Lord; the Good Shepherd. For me God is BIG. I love that this picture was taken on Christmas Eve. It's another reminder that we are a small part of a much larger picture: That God, creator of this vast universe, cared enough to send a child to lead us. And that I, and millions of others around the world, have chosen to follow this child as a model of how to live and how to love. - Ann Warner

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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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