Friday, February 28, 2014
Don't forget this Sunday, March 2nd, we are having our traditional Pre-Lenten potluck dinner after church. Anyone is welcome to join us, and we encourage (but not mandate) that those attending bring a dish to share. Dinner will start following our Sunday morning worship service, which will be at it's regular time of 10:30 am. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany – February 23, 2014
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Ps. 119:33-40; 1 Cor. 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
Saint Stephen Lutheran Church
The Rev. Maurice C. Frontz, STS
In our first reading from Leviticus,
we hear God telling Moses to say to the people,
‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.’
The people of Israel are to be the holy people of a holy God.
By extension, we, who are brought into the renewed Israel,
the Church of Jesus Christ, by baptism,
are also called to holiness.
But what does it mean to be holy?
Friday, February 14, 2014
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112; 1 Cor. 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20
St Stephen Lutheran Church
Pastor Maurice Frontz
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
When I was sixteen years old,
I travelled to Europe as part of a contingent of high school students
which went by the name ‘American Music Abroad.’
I was in the choir, some friends were in the band.
We got to sing in Notre Dame and Chartres Cathedrals.
We did a homestay in the Netherlands,
visited Germany and Austria and Switzerland.
One morning in Switzerland we were given free time,
and there was a hill just outside the town that was a ski slope in the wintertime.
There was a trail up to the top, and I took the trail,
the better to take pictures of the Alps.
It was a Sunday,
and out on the side of the hill I saw a large number of people gathered.
As I got closer, I realized that it was an open-air church service,
a pastor teaching a flock of worshipers.
It’s the scene that I always remember when I think of the Sermon on the Mount.
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