Welcome Pastor Mark Sundberg!

We welcome Pastor Mark Sundberg as the Interim Pastor for Saint Stephen Lutheran Church, as we begin the search process for a new pastor. Some of you may know him from his decades of service to area congregations in Lake Zurich and Mundelein.

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings to you! I am Pastor Mark Sundberg. I will be pilgriming with you for the next few months as your interim pastor, or if you will, your transitional pastor. Saint Stephen is in transition between called pastors. Pastor Gordon was your called pastor for almost five years. Soon Saint Stephen, with the help of the Holy Spirit, will call a new pastor who will be with you hopefully for many years. I will be with you during these next few months of transition. A little bit about me: I am married to Jean Bishop, and we have a daughter Annika. Both Jean and Annika are classical musicians. Jean plays flute with the Elgin Symphony, and Annika is doing post-graduate work in viola performance at DePaul. Annika also plays piano and pipe organ. In June of 2019 I retired from Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Lake Zurich after 20 years of ministry there. I was the transitional (interim) pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran (ELCA) in Mundelein from September 2019 through August this year. I love to garden.

"Now you are the body of Christ, and members in it."

(Corinthians 12:27)

The Bible passage above is quite startling. The Apostle Paul is writing to the contentious and divided Christian Community in Corinth, and he tells them they are the body of

Christ! Paul does not even say here that they are the body and Christ is the head (like in Ephesians.) No, the individual members of the church in Corinth are the body of Christ! What does this mean for Saint Stephen? It means Christ resides in you and among you. It is not the pastor or clergy hierarchy that is the body of Christ, but every baptized Christian, along with their pastors, who make up the body of Christ. This is certainly a blessing and a responsibility. Saint Stephen is to be a beacon in the community, as it has been for many years. Christ is present at Saint Stephen and, through the Spirit, leading us onto represent him in each age. Christ is here among us. I will be beginning at Saint Stephen on October 1. We will need to be open to the Holy Spirit of Christ as we determine how to worship during these challenging and changing times.

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