November 29 – The Coming of Hope – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

We begin the church year today with the season of Advent, but do we really understand Advent? One of the predominant themes of Advent is Christ’s second coming, the coming in glory of the kingdom of God. The lectionary’s Advent readings are full of strange apocalyptic images. Luke speaks of signs in the sun, the…

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…