Giving Thanks

We give thanks for: Those who worship with us on Sunday morning Those who volunteer at the food pantry Those who work to keep things running at St. Stephen's: Kanchalee, Oksana, Bonnie, Armand, Tony, Pastor Jason Those who volunteer and support activities such as Art Loop, Peace Week, Empty Bowl Dinner, Hilltop backpacks/Thanksgiving boxes/Christmas presents, concert series Those who volunteer for worship: altar guild, service assistants, choir Those who volunteer to lead St. Stephen's: council, stewardship team, finance team, LEAD team, mutual ministry team, property team Those who bring food for the food pantry Those in the community who support the work of St. Stephen's Those whom we inad

Words Matter

I pulled up to church one Sunday morning when the bells at Westminster Presbyterian started to play "Holy, Holy, Holy." It's one of those hymns I know, so I was singing along: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity. Except, that in place of the last line, I sang my favorite words from the hymn: Which wert and art, and evermore shall be. Those words roll deliciously in the mouth. I’ve loved them since I was a kid, though I’m not sure I ever really placed a meaning to them. That Sunday, however, I had an epiphany. Which wert and art, and evermore shall be = Christ is dea

Give Thanks

2 Corinthians 4:15: “Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” The theme for this year’s Commitment Sunday is “give thanks.” As we approach Thanksgiving it is fitting to talk about what it is we give thanks for. We give thanks for family and community. We give thanks for the church. We give thanks for one another. Our Commitment Sunday, November 24, will be a celebration of Thanksgiving...where we will give thanks. What do you give thanks for? Can the church give thanks for abundance? I think so. We have a cornucopia on the altar to help us get in the Autumn/Thanksgiving mood. Wikipedia tells us “i

Times They Are A-Changin’

I can’t say that I have an all-time favorite hymn, but there are several that I’m always glad to sing. There are the standards: "Built on Rock," "A Mighty Fortress," "The Church’s One Foundation." Those are hymns that have been around for generations, not only in the Lutheran church but in other Christian hymnbooks. "The Church’s One Foundation" has appeared in 756 hymnals in its history, including from France, Australia, China, and Korea. But, most of the hymns I’m enjoying at the moment haven’t been around as long. And they aren’t found in nearly as many hymn books. In the Lutheran church, it seems that our hymnals are a reflection of what we are doing as a church. I have used three hymnal

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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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