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                                  Preaching, Teaching, and Healing
                                  Preaching, Teaching, and Healing

In this week’s Gospel lesson we journey with Jesus as he makes his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory ruled by the man who arrested John the Baptist. Jesus picks up John’s mantle, preaching John’s message: repent the kingdom of heaven has come near. Like John, he calls disciples, but initiates a different kind of mission. Jesus travels throughout Galilee, preaching, teaching and healing — shining light on people sitting in deep darkness.

I wonder what is it that made the lives of Galilean fishermen and farmers seem like they were sitting in darkness, in the shadow of death? What kind of events in our lives, and in the lives of our neighbors, make it feel like we/they are sitting in darkness, in the shadow of death? How can we — beloved children of God — following in the footsteps of the Lamb of God, shine the light and life of Christ into those situations? 

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

610 31st Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 | 319-364-2637 | ©2014