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St. Stephen Special Series presents Organist Michael Hey

Organist Michael Hey

Friday, May 19, 2017 – 7:30 PM

The St. Stephen Special Series, in conjunction with the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is pleased to welcome organist Michael Hey to St. Stephen Presbyterian Church.
Described as “flashy” and “exciting” (The American Organist, 2012), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on U.S. and international concert stages. In 2010, he made his New York City debut in Alice Tully Hall performing Handel’s Organ Concerto #1 with the Juilliard Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. In 2014 has was featured as organ soloist in the New York City Ballet’s newly commissioned work Acheron. Set to the music of Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Michael’s performance at its premiere was “vividly played” (The New York Times). Michael has been invited to perform solo organ recitals at the Lincoln Center (New York), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.). Not exclusively a solo organist, Michael enjoys a widely varied career that includes collaborations with other musicians, solo piano recitals, vocal accompanying, and transcribing for organ and other instruments. He is now in the second season of performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke and the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Hey graduated in 2014 from the five-year degree program at The Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in organ performance under Paul Jacobs. Within one year of his graduation from Juilliard, he was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist of the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform, as one of three organists, for Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Madison Square Garden for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis.

A reception will follow the concert.

Michael Hey is represented exclusively in North America by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.

What the critics are saying about Michael Hey

“. . .vividly played.”

(The New York Times)

“Mr. Hey performed admirably, playing without a score in front of him and making the music seem improvisatory in the way that Handel might have played it.”

(Seen and Heard International)

“[Michael Hey blew] the dust and cobwebs out of the under-utilised pipes of the great Esplanade Klais organ. And he did it with relish, spicing things up with a wonderfully easy stage manner. He also tried to lighten Bach’s somewhat heavyweight G Minor Fantasia and Fugue with imaginative registration and flutterings of the swell pedal. This could have sent purists into paroxysms of rage, but it did much to captivate the Singapore audience. Best of all, he gave a glittering performance of Bach’s Wachet auf. It was crisp, clean, and enticingly communicative. A scintillating account of Scherzo Symphonique by the French composer Pierre Cochereau afforded Hey the opportunity to display not only his tremendous virtuosity, but also his fluent command of the instrument, as stops were pulled out and pushed in in a kaleidoscopic demonstration of the organ’s colours and qualities.”

(Marc Rochester, The Straits Times, Singapore, April 2016)

Palm Sunday, Passion Week and Easter Events

Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday

8:30 am: Worship with the Lord’s Supper

9:45 am: Regular Sunday School

10:45 am: Donkey Processional (Front Lawn)

11:00 am: Palm/Passion Sunday worship. Music: The Palms by Jean-Baptiste Faure (during Procession of the Palms); Offertory: Let This Mind Be in You by Austin B. Lovelace

12:15 pm: Kids and Family Spring Festival, Front Lawn: Giant games, catered food by “Hamburger Man,” Music, dying Easter Eggs

Lenten Lunches and Lectures

Monday thru Wednesday, we will continue our tradition of Lenten Lunches, hosted in the Main Sanctuary Narthex, noon to 1:00 pm. A member of St. Stephen’s staff will do a presentation each day, and lunch will be served. 

Ridglea and St. Stephen are doing Passion Week events together this year. Our staff, joint choirs, and officers will lead worship as our to congregations come together as one. Each will host one service.

April 12: Holy Week Children’s & Family Service

5:15 pm, Main Sanctuary, followed by Supper on the Lawn at 6:00 pm: This service uses puppets and other  kid-friendly means to help children understand the meaning of Holy Week and Easter. It is built around the Lord’s Supper. It serves as a way to educate young children about the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. In our tradition, children may receive communion when the parents believe they are ready, and so this creates an opportunity for them to understand the Lord’s Supper in context and to participate with understanding.

April 13: Maundy Thursday

Noon Maundy Thursday Service at St. Stephen: This is a short liturgical service with Communion in the West Transept for friends and neighbors and for those who cannot come to evening services. It is followed by lunch in the Narthex. 

5:30 Dinner at Ridglea, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd., 76116

6:30 Maundy Thursday at Ridglea, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd., 76116

April 14: Good Friday

12:15 pm Good Friday Service in St. Stephen’s main sanctuary

1:00 pm Lunch in the St. Stephen Narthex

6:00 Paschal Vigil

Our annual Paschal Vigil this year starts with the Lord’s Supper at 6:00 pm Friday and is completed with a Paschal Feast at 8:30 pm Saturday. Here’s the schedule:

6:00 p.m. “Light” – Peggy Harwood, worship leader; Dr. Fritz Ritsch, homily; Lord’s Supper

9:00 p.m. “Tenebrae” – Bill Larmour, worship leader

Midnight “Vigil” – Wendy Larmour, worship leader

Saturday, April 15: Paschal Vigil Continues

8:00 a.m. “Dawning” – Dian McCall, worship leader

2:00 p.m. “Commendation” – Kurt Anderson, worship leader; Peggy Harwood, worship assistant

6:00 p.m.* “Resignation” – Carol Stalcup, worship leader – Garden labyrinth

8:30 p.m. “Holy Fire” – Laurie Sandefur, worship leader, Max Courtney, worship assistant

Following “Holy Fire” – Paschal processional and Paschal feast (Narthex)

Sunday Morning, Easter Day

8:30 am Worship with the Lord’s Supper

9:45 am Regular Sunday School

10:30 am Easter Egg Hunt–on the lawn if the weather is good; in sanctuary and upper basement of the main building otherwise

11:00 am Easter Festal Worship with the Lord’s Supper and Brass. Anthem:Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85, Ludwig van Beethoven;Offertory Anthem: Christ our Passover, Richard Wayne Dirksen

Lenton Sermon Series


“God of Open Arms”

Lent began on March 1, Ash Wednesday, and continues through Saturday, April 15. (Easter on April 17) This Lent Dr. Ritsch is preaching a series of sermons called “God of Open Arms” Each Sunday sermon focus on one significant story from scripture. 

March 5: Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:15 ; 3:1-7)

March 12:  Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-17)

March 19:  The Woman at the Well (John 4: 5-42)

March 26: Jesus heals a blind man (John 9: 1-41)

April 2: The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37: 1-14)

Meet St. Stephens’ Choral Scholars

Author: Mitchell Crawford

By now, you’ve no doubt seen – and most assuredly heard- St. Stephen’s four cholar scholars, whom all are music students at TCUThe cholar program is new, having just launched in the Fall. Already, however, the music program has been richly blessed by these talented individuals, and there is no question that they have been lovingly embraced and ministered to by our choir and congregation. I have asked them to tell me about themselves in order to help you get to know them better. 

Monica Saurez is our soprano choral scholar, and was born and raised nearby in North Richland Hills. She began singing at the age of  5  with her karaoke and hasn’t stopped since. She’s finishing her time at TCU in the Fall of 2017 with a bachelors degree in music education. She loves coffee, puppies, and anything purple!

Tomas Padron, our tenor choral scholar, is a freshman Vocal Music Education Major at TCU. He grew up in Miami, FL and moved to Dallas 5 years ago. Ever Since, he has been in love with choir, and sings not just with a number of TCU ensembles, but community groups as well. 

Mark Dingler, our bass, grew up in Arlington and began singing through the Kindermusic program as a 4 year old. In addition, he’s been playing piano for 10 years. As a freshman vocal music education major at TCU,  he sings in three of the university’s ensembles. Mark Collects Vinyl recorders, and enjoys listening to a wide range of music in his dorm room as he studies. 

Jessica Harper, who sings in the alto section, is the daughter of two South African parents who immigrated to New York and then to Texas in the late 1990’s. She fell in love with music at an early age and has since been singing in school, show choirs, Dallas youth choirs, and Texas all state choirs. She led a middle school small group in her home for 3 years., and has a fondness for fuzzy socks. 

I am so grateful to St. Stephen for undertaking the choral scholar initiative. This is a genuine mission of the congregation, one with very real benefits not just to us, but  these four exceptional young people as well. So, next time you see one of our choral scholars on a Sunday morning, stop and introduce yourself, and help us continue to welcome them them home.


Summer Worship Plans

Due to low summer attendance, SSPC is going down to one service a week for the duration of the summer. This change will start June 11, Trinity Sunday. The service will start at 10:00 am each Sunday. The format of the service will be the same as the 8:30 am service. ( No processions, and communion every sunday)

We will return to two services a week on August 20

Adult Sunday School will continue its’ “Briten Up Your Summer” program at 9:00 am, featuring speakers from Brite Divinity  School. Children’s Sunday School will take a summer break. Godly Play  will continue to be available for children during the sermon time in worship.

The choir also has the summer off starting the week after the 4th of July and resuming mid August.

Ash Wednesday


ASH WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2018                                                                                                                THREE SERVICES, ONE SUPPER

Ash Wednesday starts the season of lent, 46 days (including Sundays) before Easter it is a time of contemplation and reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and his ministry. During the worship services, in addition to communion, ashes are imposed upon participants, a sign of the cross, a sign that we are a part of Christ.

We offer three services for the congregation and the community. A special service design for children and families in the late afternoon.

5:15  service for children and families

                                                                                                                                                                           Here and see the story of the peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11: 6-9) With puppets and other resources with Pastor Fritz, Beth Fults, and Mitchell Crawford

All Children will receive an animal mask and animal sack. Centers of experience: mask choosing, building block your peaceful kingdom; Drawing the peaceful people in your kingdom.

Saints Alive Excursion

Wylie, Texas
Thurs., Feb. 23
10 am – 4 pm
Roland Vogel and Beth Fultz are hoping to preserve the camaraderie of the Saints Alive group by offering a day’s excursion each month on the usual 4th Thursday of the month, until we are back into the Education Building. So on Thursday, February 23, 10 a.m., we are meeting in the church parking lot until we head to Wylie, Texas. Former member, Mindy Corder Manson (Cathy Corder’s sister) is City Manager. We’ll visit the new Town Hall, the quaint downtown area including Shoemaker and Hardt and eat locally. Should have a great time. RSVP to Beth or Roland.

The Youth of SSPC Thank You

The youth of St.Stephen thanks you for your
donations to Souper Bowl of Caring. We raised over $650 for Tarrant Area Food Bank  favoring
the Atlanta Falcons over the New England Patriots! What a surprise ending!