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There were two articles I read recently that were intriguing. First was "I'm a 'church leader' who doesn't really go to church," by Adam J. Copeland, and printed in The Christian Century, March 8, 2019. Copeland is director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The second was "Some Pro-tips for Church Leaders Who Don't Go to Church | Adam Copeland I'm Looking At You" by Clint Schnekloth and published on his blog. Schnekloth is pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, AK; founder and chairman of Canopy NWA, a refugee resettlement agency; and author. Copeland relates that he and other "up-and-

Intersection

Where does your life and faith intersect? For some, they see their faith and their everyday life as two separate things - and the two shall never meet. Some go to church and when they leave, they leave. Others might see their faith and their life walking hand in hand - as if they are riding a tandem bicycle. Moving both in sync where life and faith are one. Yet I am going to make an assumption here (and we all know what that makes out of you and me), however I believe it to be accurate. Many of us most likely do not think about how our lives and our faith intersect on a daily basis. Our lives, all complex and diverse, often find their ways into situations where they intersect with our faith.

Seriously?

It started with a simple question on Facebook. Could we get the fire-belching trombone for Easter morning? How long can it be played before it gets too hot? Can my son play it? Jason chimed in with his continuing request for a grass broom to sprinkle (i.e., douse) water on folks during the thanksgiving for baptism. Oh, and one for the bishop who will be with us on Easter morning. Which brought up a reminder about the bishop's "donkey stick." Two of our newer members responded: "I really can't explain how happy I am I met you all. Flaming trombones? Yes, please. Spraying brooms? ...Y'all are my people." "You all are out of your minds. Glad we found you." At one point in this conversation I no

Lenten Journey

Today, we are invited to the “discipline of Lent—self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament.” The invitation, part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, is an intentional message for the church universal to turn towards a discipline that is very different from the rest of the year. We are invited to take a look at our reflection in the mirror and examine our lives as we prepare for the glorious Easter morning awaiting us after our journey to the cross. For many folks, giving something up is part of their Lenten journey. Giving up that trip to the coffee shop before work, bringing a bag lunch instead of goi

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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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