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A Vision of Formation: Jesus and the Disciples

by Drew Downs

I’ve always marveled at the disciples’ willingness to follow Jesus from the beginning. We read that Jesus came to the disciples and they dropped everything and followed him. We read this dropping everything quite literally: Andrew and Simon actually drop their fishing nets and leave it all behind. I can’t imagine such a moment. A […]

A Prayer for Election Day

by Drew Downs

Election Day is one of my favorite days. We could go into Election Day full of dread and unease. Or we could approach it with hope and optimism. Sometimes, we feel all of these. What I love about Election Day is that it is a day in which more than 100 million Americans participate in […]

Our work of feeding comes in many forms

by Drew Downs

In just a few days, our children will be scouring the streets looking for candy. Or more precisely, they will be knocking on doors, visiting businesses, and shouting “trick or treat!” while dressed like Elsa or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. As much as this may remind us of scavenging and their child voices telling […]

Next Step

by Editor

Every step of the exploration of the liturgy of Witnessing and Blessing of Lifelong Covenant has yielded new insights for me and for the working group. For the next step, I’d like to take a different tack. The Bible is foundational to every faith-based opinion we hold as individuals, as a parish, or as a […]

What’s Special to Me About St. Stephen’s—by James Campbell

by Editor

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 […]

Do You Have Ears to Hear—But CAN’T Hear?

by Editor

Let’s just agree that our sound system is a frustration for many of us! Some can’t hear the sermon or other parts of the service. On my side, it’s disheartening to hear that someone didn’t hear the entire service and then find out that it was something simple that could’ve been fixed with little interruption […]

Some Thoughts about Giving…and Thanksgiving

by Editor

This coming Sunday (November 24) has been designated as the Sunday for the ingathering of pledges. This is simply a deadline (because so many of us need one) to turn in our financial commitments to the church. I also like to gather those pledges in on a particular Sunday to include them in the offering […]