The Rector’s Blog

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Next Step

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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

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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

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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 […]

St. Stephen’s and St. Stephen

by Editor

There’s a small brown notebook, more like a composition book with a grocery-sack-paper cover, that usually lives in the church safe deposit box for safekeeping.  Its handwritten cover says: Register St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Commencing May 7th 1840 Including Births, Marriages And Burials, etc Written by the Reverend Robert B. Croes Rector from Sept 25th […]

Holypalooza—A Sunday to Remember!

by Editor

For well over a hundred years there’s been a “church row” on North Seventh Street across from Indiana State University: St. Stephen’s, Centenary United Methodist, and Central Presbyterian. In more recent years, United Campus Ministries has taken its place beside us. On Sunday August 25, for the first time in recent history, we all joined […]

Trying Something New for Summer

by Editor

Rarely does a week go by when I don’t hear that something conflicts with Sunday morning worship. The work week is seven days long. Extracurricular activities and sports consider Sunday just another day they can use. I’ve known elderly parishioners or those with parental care responsibilities to find even 10 am just too early. There […]