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.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
July 17, 2016
Topic: Being Distracted from God
The prophet Amos warned Israel that God knew while they dutifully went to monthly and weekly worship services, in their hearts they were not worshipping; they were busy figuring out how to cheat their customers with illegal weights and measures in their markets. While they lived in peace with their national neighbors, and enjoyed prosperity, their faith was hollow. Amos had been sent to Israel to warn them not to let their comfort distract them from God. And it does seem that our human nature pulls us to God when we are in trouble, but away from God when everything is going well.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 10, 2016
Topic: A plumb line for life
Amos was shown a plumb line by God, representing the life Israel was meant to live. But the Israelites had lost their bearings; they lost any sense of where vertical was; they had lost the balance in their lives.
When we look at the world around us, how would we rank the world against God’s plumb line? We have the same ‘balance’ problem going on now that Amos was pronouncing to King Jer’o·bo’am. Can we say that we are on the straight line and solid foundation of love of God and neighbor? Or is our plumb line swinging in the wind? Are our walls straight and sturdy, or leaning and crumbling because of too much, greed, anger, distrust, and hate?
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 3, 2016
Topic: Agents for God
Elisha was empowered to be God’s agent in healing Naaman from leprosy. The power required for that healing did not lie with the king of Aram, or with the king of Israel. The power was delivered through the Israelite servant girl, through God’s prophet Elisha, and through the servants of Naaman who convinced him to follow Elisha’s directions to bathe in the not-so-clean waters of the Jordan River. Being an agent of God had nothing to do with position. It had everything to do with an openness to serve God.
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