“…and the God of peace will be with you.”

 

These four years of seminary have been an incredible gift to me. One of the biggest challenges have been the many and too frequent departures from communities where I have learned and served and grown.

 

It is, as I mentioned on...

 

Maybe you’ve been asked this question by an inquiring young mind, “where do babies come from?” I remember first asking this question to my grandmother. I had chosen a good time to ask, after lunch but before the soaps, so she serenely sat me down on a Victorian couch...

 

 

So much good work and care went into the season of Lent and the celebrations of Easter! Thanks to choir, musicians, cleaners, flower arrangers, readers, passion players, egg stuffers, pancake makers, kitchen cleaners,

brass polishers, bulletin preparers, and so many m...

 

I wanted to be nearly the first to deliver the news: Happy spring! Despite some obvious signs of winter to the contrary, Friday will officially be the first day of spring. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere the Vernal (Latin for Spring) Equinox marks that prec...

 

I’ve just started taking a very timely course on Jesus and the Bible in Islam at the seminary in Philadelphia. As you know, I’m on the home stretch of my seminary career: only 108 days till graduation!

Even so, this course is encouraging reflection on really importan...

 

You'll hear a lot in the coming weeks about ways in which you can be involved and have a voice as St. Stephen's looks at how our budget and building are connected to our mission as a congregation. These will be important conversations and it is essential that you be i...

 

Even though I wrote to you last week about New Year’s resolutions, apparently some of the world has not read that devotional. I could see this as I drove by the Planet Fitness yesterday: the parking lot was packed.

I had forgotten that many really do choose the turn...

I’ve just started taking a very timely course on Jesus and the Bible in Islam at the seminary in Philadelphia. As you know, I’m on the home stretch of my seminary career: only 108 days till graduation!

Even so, this course is encouraging reflection on really important...

 

What an excruciating time of waiting these last Advent days before Christmas were as a child! Decorating, church, cookies, Santa’s imminent arrival. They were days of anticipation, days of, well…possibility. 

 

I caught a glimpse of that possibility last evening as my s...

 

Thanksgiving Day

 

A Happy Thanksgiving from St. Stephen’s!

 

On this Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate the plenty of our land given by God’s hand and we pray for a justice and love that shares that plenty with all in need.

 

In the blessing of this week we offer these prayers...

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