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                                           "The Lost Coin"

                                            Sunday, September 15 at 8:00am and 10:00 am

Two Sundays ago, Jesus was dining with a Pharisee. This Sunday the scribes and Pharisees criticize Jesus for eating with sinners and tax collectors. In response Jesus tells two parables about people who behave in ways that no practical-minded, sensible person would. 

A shepherd leaves 99 sheep in the wilderness, where they would be instant wolf bait, to go off and search for one single lost sheep. A woman searches and sweeps every nook and cranny of her house to find one single lost drachma, only to spend twice as much celebrating its recovery. 

What does the shepherd’s and the woman’s highly impractical, perhaps even risky, behavior say about God? What do their actions suggest about how God feels about the lost? What does the lost sheep and the lost coin tell us about sinners? What does being found have to do with sinners repenting?

Pastor Ritva

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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