Prayers

Now I am pretty certain that for some people there might be a spike in anxiety if their pastor asked them, “do you pray?” Particularly since we do not often talk about private prayer/devotional life as often as we should. (We being the ‘pastor’ in the hypothetical scenario). It might double the anxiety if the pastor were to ask how often. Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians. While there is a lot more to that passage and the reason for the letter, this verse is used for many to describe how often we are to pray. I think that for many of us we do pray without ceasing. A conversation with God is prayer. Being quiet and just thinking is prayer. These are unstructured, but

Our Place

I received an invitation to attend a webinar on "How is your church functioning in these trying times," or something to that effect. I was curious to see if other churches had any good ideas, so I attended. At the beginning of the webinar, they surveyed the people attending. About 75% of us said we were from churches with 100 or fewer regular Sunday morning attendees. Then they introduced the people who would be speaking. Of the five speakers, four of them were from churches that regularly have 1000+ worshipers. Only one speaker was from a church in the same worship range as the bulk of the attendees. It was an interesting hour of contrasts. The large churches said they already had a lot of

Healing Services: What Are They?

As Christian people, we believe that God’s intent for all of God’s creation is wholeness and abundance of life. As it is recorded in the 10th Chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us “I have come so they may have life and have it abundantly.” Unfortunately, that has not been a reality for so many people. Our own human frailty, accidents at no fault of our own, and even the sinfulness of humankind have caused pain, suffering, and even poor health. These are not the will of God. Even worse, there are those that proclaim the name of Christ while also preaching a message of a God of divine retribution that inflicts human suffering as punishment. To see a God that inflicts suffering and pain is t

Lessons from Doubting Thomas

John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when J

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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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