10/4/15 – The Good Man of Assisi – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Long ago in Italy there lived a man named Giovanni (John). He was born in the year 1182 to a wealthy family. His father was a very successful cloth merchant who bought and sold beautiful fabrics, royal purple velvets, majestic silks, and luscious ivory brocades. Giovanni’s father’s business took him often to France and so…

9/20/15 – The Path Named Jesus – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Why do people come to church on Sunday morning? As Pastor Willie recently reminded us, it’s certainly a counter-cultural thing to do. Whether this is your very first time to visit St. Stephen’s or you’ve been here regularly for years, each one of us has come for a reason. Most of us, I’m sure, were…

August 30 – “Homecoming” – The Rev. Willie Allen-Faiella

What is that expression?  We make plans, God laughs…?   So as we paid attention to the weather forecast on Thursday and Friday, discussions intensified about what to do about today.  You remember today?  We were to have inaugurated a new tradition:  Welcome Home/Matriculation service shared by church and school and followed by a picnic…

August 23, 2015 – Choices – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

When I read the scripture lessons appointed for today’s service, I was pleased. The lessons from the Book of Joshua in the Hebrew Bible and from the Gospel of John in the Christian Scriptures offered a message that I need to ponder as summer 2015 winds down and school and another program year commences. Joshua…

July 26 – Joyful Eating – the Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, may this food by you be blest. May our souls by you be fed, always on the living Bread. Amen. The Bible is full of verses and stories about food and eating. From early in Genesis (9:3) when God provides for Adam and Eve (“every living thing … shall…