“The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Most folks at St. Stephen’s should be familiar with this blessing, it is used often at the...

May 22, 2019

Pastor Jason posted a photo to Facebook of his beautiful backyard area with flowers and a fountain. 

He then posted a photo of the same area a month earlier with the comment, "What a difference a month makes."

Consider one of the garden plots in my front yard. It looks m...

My family, like all Americans (with the exception of native folk), were immigrants. In the 1920’s we came to Chicago via Ellis Island - and very few of us have had the audacity to leave. Even when those of us left, the city still coursed through our veins, and our hear...

May 8, 2019

Earlier this year, the United Methodist Church voted no on sanctioning same-sex marriages or allowing openly gay pastors. While there are questions about the legality of some of the ballots, and there is concern about the influence of the international church bodies, i...

Did you know that Easter is not just a single Sunday, but a season of celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost...that’s fifty days! Fifty days of celebration.

It’s called Eastertide - the time between Easter morning and Pentecost.

When you take a moment and think abou...

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