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.
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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 18, 2016
Topic: The parable of the shrewd manager
Jeremiah – What must God do to change people’s apathy?
1 Timothy – is instruction on how we should pray; prayer offered to all people, because God’s grace is universal; prayer for civil leaders; prayer as an outgrowth of our unity in the community.
Luke – on the surface looks like it is license by Jesus to be shrewd, cunning and dishonest like the shrewd manager, but be shrewd and cunning for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
Obviously, that is completely inconsistent with every other teaching of Jesus. But there are characteristics of the manager that could be the point to this teaching. The manager was thoughtful about what he would do in his situation; and he was decisive. He immediately took action. There is teaching in thoughtfulness and decisiveness… but for the Kingdom of God.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 11, 2016
Topic: Coming Home
Jesus was talking to religious leaders who believed that if someone sinned, they should turn their life around, ask God for mercy, and God would grant it. Until they ‘repent’, they should be treated as outcasts, and NOT invited to be dinner guests. These parables we just heard say that God doesn’t wait for people to turn their life around; God goes after them, to bring them home, into His family. He doesn’t just FIND them, he brings them HOME. This turns around the notion that we need to express our remorse to God when we know we have fallen off the path of His grace, in order for God to accept us ‘back’. Instead, God doesn’t wait to see signs of remorse, but comes after us wherever we are. Our remorse should be the response we give to God’s loving determination to come after us, find us, and bring us back home to Him.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 4, 2016
Topic: A Study in the True Cost of Discipleship
Jesus said that we cannot be true disciples of his unless we give up all of our possessions. That certainly is a radical statement. I don’t think I could decide to choose homelessness, to intentionally turn to begging to get my next meal, to willfully face living on the fringes of society. But there is another meaning to this language of possessions. After all, wealth of itself is not the problem, but how we use our wealth. From this parish, we plan carefully and prayerfully, working to accomplish good things with the money we manage from the treasury here. The annual offerings are expected to do a lot more than keep the lights on and the lawn watered. They are expected to do nothing less than change lives while they carry the message of God’s love.
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