Various Worship Services
St. Stephen holds a tradition of formal, liturgical worship that is unique among Presbyterian churches in the area. Two worship services are held each Sunday from mid-August through the Spring. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated each week at the 8:30 a.m. service.
During the summer, we go to one service with communion at 10:00 am. The summer service starts the second Sunday of June and continues through the second Sunday of August.
A service of morning prayer is held at 7:00 a.m. in the chapel on Thursday followed by breakfast. In addition, at various times during the year, we offer services of choral evensong, evening prayer, services of compline, ecumenical services, and services for wholeness.
Sunday 8:30 Service
The early service, held in the west transept without choir, is liturgically ordered, but offers a quieter, simpler format. Communion by intinction is offered at each service. This service is held in the West Transept of the Sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. A nursery is provided.
Thursday Morning Prayer Service
The Thursday Morning Service of Prayer offers prayer, music, and meditation each Thursday morning at 7:00 am in St. Stephen’s Chapel of the Holy Trinity. Join us afterwards for breakfast and fellowship in our Parish Hall. You can reach the Chapel by entering our Education Building through the covered walkway between our two buildings. It is the first room on the left.
Sunday 11:00 Service
Held in the main sanctuary, the 11 a.m. service has its roots deep within the Reformed tradition and includes a procession with choir, along with hymns, service music, and anthems. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated about 11 times a year and during major Christian festivals. A nursery is provided.
Activities kick off at 5:00 pm with Children’s Choir and the Choristers, our young people’s music programs. At 6:00 pm dinner is served in our Parish Hall; cost is $5 per person or $15 per family.
At 6:30 you can join Director of Music Ministries Jordan Smith for Chancel Choir rehearsal or Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch for adult Bible Study.
Special worship Services
Special worship services important to the life of St. Stephen include:
- Advent Lessons and Carols
- Christmas Eve Services
- Ash Wednesday
- Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan
- All Saints’ Service of Recognition
- Services of Wholeness
Holy Week services including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, Vigil, Easter Lessons and Carols, Independence Sunday, Taizé, Compline.