Welcome From the Pastor
Here’s what I love about St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. On Sunday, we hold high church-style worship services, with magnificent organ music, a wonderful choir, and traditional liturgy. On Tuesdays, we host homeless men in our parish hall overnight, serving them meals, playing games, talking, laughing a lot, and enjoying one another’s friendship.
That’s St. Stephen in a nutshell. On the one hand, we represent a tradition of serious music and worship, dedicated to the glory of God. We have a top notch choir, a musically outstanding Garland Organ, and what I hope are intellectually challenging and spiritually uplifting sermons.
On the other hand, our faithful commitment to Jesus calls us to serve our fellow human beings,not out of a sense of obligation, but out of a genuine desire to show Christ’s love to neighbor and stranger. So you’ll find St. Stephen folks hanging out with the homeless, cooking meals at Samaritan House, or serving cookies, coffee, and friendship to veterans at the VA center.
Jesus welcomed all who sought Him with an honest heart, and that’s what we strive for here at St. Stephen. Here you’ll find rich and poor, blended families, many races, gay and straight, enjoying fellowship, serving as officers, sharing the body of Christ together at communion. Not only that, we encourage questions–theological inquiry–honest searching–when it comes to mattersof faith. We believe in Jesus, but we don’t believe that people get faith by squelching their sincere doubts, fears and concerns. You’re free to be who you are at St. Stephen.
Finally, we laugh–a lot. We take our faith seriously; but ourselves, not so much. Worshipping God and serving Jesus Christ and humanity are serious business, but they’re also joyful. They’re the evidence of God’s Kingdom present in the world, and that’s something to celebrate. So come celebrate with us!
Grace and peace, Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch