Now It Begins

It has been a rough few weeks for us and the nation. We are preparing for our annual meeting and looking towards the future. We had a beautiful Advent and Christmas season, but our work as people of God really is just beginning. Wilmington just swore in the newly elected leaders that have promised a rebirth for our city. We wonder, could this be the change we need. Our nation is struggling with the transition of power, leaving many to wonder if supporters on either side will ever see eye to eye.

If ever a time came for God to help us, it's now. Yet, God has helped us in the Christ child, and Howard Thurman reminds us of that. Howard Thurman is an African-American theologian, educator, and Civil Rights leader. In his poem “Now the Work of Christmas Begins” he reminds us that our story does not end with the hushed wings of angels and the fading of the Epiphany star.

Our story, together, begins.

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Jason

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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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