Welcome to St. Stephen's. St. Stephen's in-the-Field Church seeks to know Christ, to share Christ, and to serve Christ, recognizing his presence in all people, and reaching out in love to each other and to the world around us.
When St. Stephen’s in-the-Field Episcopal Church needed help cleaning up its half-acre Community Garden, they did what any citizen in need would do: they enlisted the help of the U.S. Marines.
On Saturday, June 11, U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Juan Soto and Lance Corporal Zachary Duffy brought 30 Marine recruit trainees to the church to tackle a major clean-up of its overgrown garden, which is used by senior residents who live in apartment homes behind the church.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 21, 2016
Topic: Accepting the Invitation
God’s invitation to wholeness is for all of humanity. Jeremiah was called as a prophet ‘to the nations’, not just to Judah. God sent his Son Jesus Christ to bring the Good News to all people, not just the Jews. It is a universal mission. But the reality is that God’s invitation into a holy life – being set apart, making life’s priority to bring honor to God, is not an easy invitation to respond to.
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 14, 2016
Topic: Passion fuels Perseverance
Have you been watching the summer Olympics? Who has stood out for you? Katie Ledecky; won 4 gold medals, and 1 silver medal last week. In the 800 meter freestyle, she finished an amazing 12 seconds ahead of the next swimmer. I watched a short interview with her, after she had won one of those gold medals. The reporter asked her how it felt to be in this Olympic arena, with this level of competition and pressure, and to perform at that level. She answered that she was honored to compete with a world class field of swimmers; she LOVED having the chance to swim against them, and that she could count herself among them.
In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus teaches us to be in a state of readiness every minute of every day: readiness for God to give us the kingdom. We are told to have our affairs in order – every day. Now in a secular way that means that we need to have a will, durable power of attorney, and make sure someone knows where we put our paperwork. But what does it mean in a spiritual way to be ready for God to give us the kingdom?
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