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                                      "The Festival of All Saints"

                                          Sunday, November 17 at 8:00am and 10:30 am

This coming Sunday, one week after the Festival of All Saints, we are invited to reflect on the ultimate fate of the saints.

We hear Job’s affirmation of faith in the unrelenting suffering: “I know that my Redeemer lives and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25-26).

We hear the apostle Paul assuring the Thessalonians that they can find eternal comfort and good hope in the certainty of being gathered together with Christ (2:1-5, 13-17). 

In our Gospel lesson some Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, set out to ridicule those who do by setting up a hypothetical what if.  A woman is married to one brother after another, each of whom died without leaving behind an heir. This happens seven times! The Sadducees wonder whose wife this woman will be in the resurrection. Jesus’ responds that (1) the world to come operates completely differently than this one, and (2) the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is God of the living, not the dead.  What does that mean for our dearly departed saints and for us?

Pastor Ritva

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Who is St Stephen's Lutheran Church

We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in  the Southeastern Iowa Synod

At St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, we recognize the need to proclaim openly that the gospel is God’s gift to all people to be shared unconditionally. 

As a community aspiring to a be a spiritual home for all God’s people, we welcome all persons, without exception, without regard for age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial or family status, physical or mental abilities, or any other human distinction used to discriminate and exclude. 

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that welcomes diversity, which enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry. Come and join us as we know, live, and share Christ together in love. 

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

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