“The Heavens are telling the glory of God” the Psalmist writes at the beginning of Psalm 19.

God’s glory, in other words, is revealed through the glory and majesty and wonder of the heavens above us. They speak of it. They tell of it.

Perhaps, though, God also uses us – feeble, fallen, broken individuals — to tell of God’s glory. Perhaps our stories are one of the ways God discloses himself to the world.

In their classic book on writing, The Elements of Style, authors William Strunk and E.B. White note that an author’s intent becomes clear and transparent when the writer ensures that “every word tell.”

God wants the same thing from us that Strunk & White want from well-written prose. God wants us to tell — to mean something, to communicate clearly — as our lives become the characters and sentences and paragraphs in the narrative of the world, which is, after all, God’s story.

In these pages, then, are some examples of these telling stories from a corner of the world called Plymouth, Minnesota, in a congregation of God’s people called St. Philip the Deacon.


  • Excellent meditation in which I interpret thoughts on God’s glory via Elements of Style: In the beginning was the Word & the Word was made flesh (communicable grammar, syntax, and structure). Such a Word creates order out of chaos. And talk about styles (39 books in the O.T. and 27 in the N.T. are like different sections of the Sunday newspaper. In the parable of the treasure we wade through the rest of the paper to find the Coupon of Redemption, Voila! which completes the communication of God’s creation (glory) and salvation (grace).

    –D.K. (Member, Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth)

  • To all of the choirs, directors,organists & Pastors,
    We were at the service yesterday, expecting the regular order of worship. We were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed the music. Having been the first choir director of St. Philip’s, I was in awe at the numbers we have participating in the music. Many times during the service, I had tears! Thank you so much for keeping the choirs singing. The selection of music was perfect, the presentation of the choirs was outstanding and the scriptures you read were ones I hadn’t heard in a long time.
    All in all, you made our day !! Thank you again.
    Dick & Elaine Clem

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