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.
Becoming resolved to a circumstance, to a limitation, can become a way of life. But then, did the reality of this being a mission for 30 years stop us from becoming a parish? No. Have the challenges of keeping this shared home in good repair resign us that we cannot also find the resources to impact lives for good across town, or across the globe? No. There has been a force at work in this community that keeps us from letting limitations define us. That force is trust.
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 24, 2016
Topic: Love in Action
The Gospel lesson today includes the charge from Christ given on Maundy Thursday; “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” But this time, in the season of Easter, after the resurrection, in the context of the other readings, there is an intensity to the meaning of Christ’s “new” commandment that I want to talk about today. From Revelation, Christ says, “See, I am making all things new.” And from Acts, Christ’s Spirit is given to all people, Jews and Gentiles. From the OT, Leviticus 19:18 states, ‘love your neighbor’ in the context of being a rule. But now, Jesus is showing us what that looks like, in the flesh. This love of our neighbor is personal, intimate, even dangerous.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 17, 2016
Topic: The Lord is my shepherd
I remember being a kid and wanting God to show Himself: sitting on our front porch at night, asking for a shooting star, but there was none; asking to hear his voice, but I couldn’t heard it; asking to show me a miracle – make something happen right when I ask. None of it worked.
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