The parable of the labourers and the vineyard, which we will hear this coming Sunday, suddenly seems to be very relevant during this time of “coronatide.” All our lives have been turned upside down to some extent, especially our work lives. There are many who have lost their jobs, or have been laid off notRead More »
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 this Sunday are available here. Believe it or not, it’s already September. September 2, 2020, to be precise. It’s also the Wednesday after the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, according to the steady tick of the church calendar. I for one don’t want to know how many weeks it’s been since we allRead More »
The readings for Sunday are available here. “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” My spiritual journey over the last few years has involved a concerted effort to learn what it means to simply be myself in a ministryRead More »
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 »
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.