This weekend Rev. Mary and I were talking about St. Stephen’s Church and what it means to me. She suggested I write about something that is special to me.

Easter Sunday 1865, the Sunday school presented to the church the silver chalice and paten we use weekly except during Easter & Christmas seasons. That was the week President Lincoln died. (He actually was shot on Good Friday.) We have been using that chalice and paten ever since that time. Every time I have held that chalice has been very special for me thinking about the number of people who have held it and all the people who have taken the wine from that vessel. How many people have been comforted by receiving the sacraments since that time at St. Stephens?

That is one thing that is special to me about St. Stephens, I invite others to tell about what is special to them. How many can we tell about?

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