Reconciled in Christ Welcome Statement

We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Christ.”

Approved at the January 2020 Congregational Meeting

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany – February 5, 2023

We will gather on Sunday, February 5th at 10:00 am for worship on the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.  You can also participate through the livestream and recording at www.ststephenslutheran.org.

Jesus begins his three year public ministry in the Gospel of Matthew Ch.5 with the Sermon on the Mount. After the Beatitudes of last Sunday, Jesus moves into teaching about how ones good works are meant to glorify God, not used as a way to show we are better than others, or as a way to gain God’s favor and blessing. God’s blessing is given to the hurting ones, and we are to join in God’s blessing by serving our neighbor in need. Be salt and light and a city on hill so God’s love is shown and known.

The bulletin and Celebrate scripture readings and prayers are attached, so that you can participate in worship even if you are not able to attend church in-person. Holy Communion will be celebrated, so please have some bread and fruit of the vine ready if you are at home.

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Third Sunday after Epiphany – January 22, 2023

We will gather on Sunday, January 22nd at 10:00 am for worship on the 3rd Sun. after Epiphany.  You can also participate through the livestream and recording at www.ststephenslutheran.org.

We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. Yes, the sun has finally come out, but we see this light most profoundly in the cross – as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, natural disaster, sin or evil of any kind. Light dawns for us as we gather together around God’s Word, the baptismal font, and God’s holy table. Come to share in the light!

The bulletin and Celebrate scripture readings and prayers are attached, so that you can participate in worship even if you are not able to attend church in-person. Holy Communion will be celebrated, so please have some bread and fruit of the vine ready if you are at home.

Upcoming Gatherings:

Let’s continue to be gracious and merciful with one another as we continue to struggle with a lingering pandemic.

  1. Masks are still highly encouraged due to our singing in church.
  2. Physical distancing is still highly encouraged.
  3. Holy Communion will be offered from Pastor Jim (sanitized hands & masked) at the front of the church. You can remain at your seat and Pastor Jim will bring the elements to you.
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Baptism of Our Lord – January 8, 2023

We will gather on Sunday, January 8th at 10:00 am for worship celebrating The Baptism  of our Lord.  You can also participate through the livestream and recording at www.ststephenslutheran.org

We will be blessed to hear the words that were heard by Jesus at his baptism, and that we each long to hear: “This is my Child, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased”. Come and receive the love, grace and mission from the God who says: “You are mine”!

The bulletin and Celebrate scripture readings and prayers are attached, so that you can participate in worship even if you are not able to attend church in-person. Holy Communion will be celebrated, so please have some bread and fruit of the vine ready if you are at home.

Upcoming Gatherings:

Let’s continue to be gracious and merciful with one another as we continue to struggle with a lingering pandemic.

  1. Masks are still highly encouraged due to our singing in church.
  2. Physical distancing is still highly encouraged.
  3. Holy Communion will be offered from Pastor Jim (sanitized hands & masked) at the front of the church. You can remain at your seat and Pastor Jim will bring the elements to you.
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