I Love to Tell the Story : A Worship Mini-Series Based upon the Gospel of Mark

The title of the four-week early fall worship series, “I Love to Tell the Story” which begins Sept. 12th at St. Stephen’s, comes from the hymn with the same name, number 156 in the United Methodist Hymnal. The hymn is an adaptation of a poem written by the English evangelist Katherine Hankey in 1866, while she was recovering in Africa from a lengthy illness when she was thirty years old. Hankey was passionate about the story of Jesus, not only about how the love of Jesus changed her life, but how it could change the lives of others.

I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

With personal and intimate language, Hankey writes about how the love and grace of God “satisfies my longings as nothing else can do” and “it did so much for me, and that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.”

During the series we will examine the Jesus story using texts from the Gospel of Mark and consider how we are called to respond to Jesus’ love for us by sharing the story and love of Jesus with others. “I Love to Tell the Story” begins on Sunday, September 12th and includes a message from former St. Stephen’s interim pastor Marg Kutz on September 26th.

St. Stephen’s offers two in-person worship services every Sunday : an outdoor service at 9 a.m. and an indoor service (which is also live-streamed) at 11 a.m. We look forward to worshiping with you.