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Responding Through Faith


Something in Sunday's sermon caught my attention: "Jesus' miracles sometimes required a lot of work from his disciples."

Servants had to fill the jugs with water before Jesus could perform the miracle of turning it into wine.

Jesus filled the nets of the fishermen to the point of breaking, but then they had to do the work of getting the fish to shore; the nets cleaned, repaired and put away; and the fish to market.

The feeding of the five thousand resulted in having to pick up all the leftovers and figure out what to do with them.

Abraham and Sarah had to pick up their lives and move to a new land.

Moses had to face the Pharaoh multiple times, and then lead the people through exile for 40 years.

God's faithful people had to fight against the temptations offered by the unfaithful who surrounded them.

Stories from the Bible tell us, over and over again, that the people who were most faithful to God were the ones who acted. Our faith cannot be passive.

We've been talking in the stewardship team about a theme for the upcoming year. One idea we've considered is Responding Through Faith.

Responding is active. Am I doing this because it is a faithful action? If I do this, am I showing my faith to others? If someone has done something to me, is there a way I can respond which is faithful to God?

This year think about Responding Through Faith.

Respond through faith as you are asked to support charity appeals. Respond through faith as you greet guests at church or your home. Respond through faith as you encounter road rage, as you deal with a child's tantrum, as you face all the things that life throws you each day.

God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit didn't ask us to sit back and quietly proclaim our faith. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit said, look, I'm may give you a miracle, but you've got to give a little something too. You've got to respond.

- Ann Warner


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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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