St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Ridgefield, CT 203.438.3789

November 8, 2018

The Way of Love

The Way of Love – find out more at:
www.episcopalchurch.org/explore-way-love

We begin this journey together on November 25 during the Matters of Faith hour on Sunday (9:15-9:50).  If you are interested in an online version please email Rev. Altopp at: waltopp@ststephens-ridgefield.org

“It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.”

                              -Proper Preface for the Eucharist, Book of Common Prayer, p378

Click here to listen to Bishop Michael Curry www.episcopalchurch.org/explore-way-love

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April 6, 2017

Our Love Your Neighbor Sign

Our Love Your Neighbor Sign

Each Sunday we’ve prayed for our efforts to “love your neighbor.” Highlighting a particular group on our sign every week has helped us consider how we might pray best in relationship to the particular needs of each affinity group. We’re about half way through the list. At this point, I’d like to share that the sign has generated a lot of conversation, not least of which has been naming groups who aren’t on the sign. So, this Holy Week, let us focus on the universality of the message through a parishioner’s reflection.

Loving, caring, and ensuring the well- being of ALL of our neighbors, regardless of race and culture is what God requires of all of us. 

The two great commandments – love God and love thy neighbor as thyself- are the foundation of unconditional love.  Loving specific groups of people based on their race and culture, makes “Love” conditional, and thus detracts from God’s greatest love when His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the ultimate price of dying for All of us.

As  Christian Members in Christ, we have the spiritual responsibility of leading a life of love, compassion and mercy that strengthens the community in which we live and serve, and making sure that all peoples receive unconditional love because God creates All of us in His own image and likeness- God’s love has no superiority over anyone. 

It is my prayer that God’s abiding love open the hearts and minds of all those that are closed to experiencing the true feeling of unconditional love- to love God, love all their neighbors – then love themselves.

April 4, 2017

Love your Neighbor

Our Love Your Neighbor Banner inspired us to pray. Every Sunday we’ve been focusing on a different affinity group listed on the banner. You’ll find them here.

Our Love Your Neighbor Banner inspired us to pray.  Every Sunday we’ve been focusing on a different affinity group listed on the banner.  Each Sunday a parishioner has written a couple of paragraphs of their experience in this affinity group, with a prayer to follow.  You will find them below.

Love your homeless neighbor

Love your Muslim neighbor

Love your LGBTQ neighbor

Love your disabled neighbor

Love your wealthy neighbor

Love your Asian neighbor

our LYN sign

 

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