Philippians 4:4-9 St. Paul writes from prison to the young church in Philippi words of encouragement and hope, even as he himself is in chains: “Don’t fret or worry; instead of worrying, pray… Let God know about your concerns.” [The Message]
Around the Table
Welcome to Around the Table, our blog here at St. Stephen’s. You’ll find weekly reflections from diverse voices, as well as occasional musings. Our hope is that this provides one more way for us to connect during these challenging times, along with Sunday worship and our weekly Zoom check-in.
The readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost can be found here. If you have a look at our reading from Genesis, you’ll find a strange story about Abraham, Sarah, and some strange, divine, visitors. With all of our recent talk about the Holy Trinity, you might have noticed that we’re told that the LordRead More »
It feels very strange, even out of place, to celebrate a feast about a dogma of the Church. Events in Jesus’ life, Pentecost, stories of Holy Women and Men gone before us: those we can wrap our heads around. But the Trinity? Why the need to celebrate that?
One of my favourite hymns is Veni Creator Spiritus (which means, ‘Come, Creator Spirit’). It is usually sung on the Day of Pentecost, and almost always at ordinations.
This Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord. I’m not entirely sure why, but there’s something about feasts and special celebrations that feels particularly out of place in the midst of physical distancing. A kind of deep disconnect between the celebration we proclaim, and the reality we find ourselves in. An unsettling contrast between what we’re doing and how we’re forced to do it.