Coming back from vacation is strange this time. Truth is, I’ve never been much good at taking time off – I didn’t even do it at all for the first couple of years at St. Stephen’s. But even more than normal, coming back feels awkward. Being on holiday always makes me miss my community, andRead More »
Welcome to our blog here at St. Stephen’s. Here you’ll find midweek 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.
Sounds simple enough. Jesus certainly gave enough examples for his disciples to follow. In fact, he spent his lifetime teaching the disciples how to love. Surely by now, we can figure out what this kind of love means.
The readings for Sunday are available here. Hope is a powerful thing. It has the potential to change lives, offer direction in life, keep us mentally healthy, and inspire us “to move mountains.”
The readings for Sunday are available here. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to you! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood together under her wings, and you were not willing!
The readings for Sunday are available here. Rediscovering the art of baking bread has become something of a hallmark of the pandemic. Perhaps in want of a distraction, perhaps out of a desire to return to something simple and wholesome in challenging times, perhaps out of a sense of aimlessness, the patient work of bakingRead More »
The readings for Sunday are available here. Jacob is a scoundrel. His mother, Rebekah, is manipulative and enables Jacob’s antics. After lying, scheming, and depriving his brother of his birthright, Jacob flees for his life while his mother tries to make his departure look like a noble quest for a fitting wife.
The readings for Sunday are available here. Seed is valuable, especially in the ancient world. You don’t just waste it. Unless you’re Jesus.
Is it possible, do you think…to see the Face of God?
The readings for Sunday are available here. “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me,” Jesus says.
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]
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?