WELCOME TO ST. STEPHEN'S
More than just a church, we are a community that weaves fellowship, outreach, art and music into our spiritual journey as we draw closer to God through our relationships with each other. We welcome you for who you are. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we have a place for you.
Please join us any Sunday morning for rich liturgical services, spiritual reflection and music that lifts our hearts and deepens our relationship with God. If you are seeking more of an inward focus, you can reflect as you walk the labyrinth or attend a contemplative home service.
Whatever your needs, you are welcomed and loved as you enter the St. Stephen’s community.
Holy Eucharist Rite 1 8:00am | Holy Eucharist Rite 2 and Choir 10:00am
12:15 p.m. Centering Prayer This service is held in the Chapel.
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer This simple morning service is held in the Chapel, or the Office, whichever is warmer.
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Worship in the Episcopal Church is "liturgical," which means “the work of the people together” or common prayer. Revised and updated several times over the past 500 years, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the basis for our worship. While over two-thirds of the BCP’s content is from the Holy Bible, our services also include spiritual reflection and music to lift up our hearts and deepen our relationship with God.
Celebration of Holy Communion is central to our worship. Everyone is welcome to come forward and receive Holy Communion. Communion is usually received while kneeling or standing at the altar rail, but people who are unable to come forward to the altar may receive Communion where they are seated in the church. Adults are asked to consume the bread and take a sip from the chalice (cup). Children may receive in the same manner if they and their parents so desire. If you do not want to drink from the chalice, point to your palm and you will receive a wafer, which may be dipped into the cup (known as intinction). If you don't wish to receive the wine, you may simply cross your arms over your chest after consuming the bread. If you do not want to receive Communion, you may cross your arms over your chest and you will receive a prayer of blessing. It is the expectation of the Church that those regularly receiving Communion will commit themselves to God through receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. Please return to your pew by a side aisle.
SOME CHURCH CUSTOMS
The general custom in many Episcopal Churches is to "stand for praise, sit for instruction, and kneel for prayer." You may participate in our worship services in a manner that is comfortable for you. You will observe some kneeling and some standing during the same parts of the service. On entering or leaving one's pew, we usually acknowledge God's presence by bowing toward the altar. This simple act helps to remind us that we are in a holy place dedicated to prayer and worship. Many people bow as the processional cross passes. The cross is the supreme symbol of Christianity, reminding us of how much God loved the world.
Making the sign of the cross is one way of expressing one's thankfulness when receiving a blessing, hearing the Gospel read, or accepting God's forgiveness in the words of absolution. None of these customs is required, but many worshippers find them to be helpful in deepening their spiritual awareness. For more resources on the customs of the church, check out the links below:
Visiting St. Stephens
Supporting each other through God's abundance of knowledge, love and spirit. Above all, we welcome and embrace all. No matter who you are, what your religious background may be, or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are invited as a child of God to be part of our community.
VISITING ST. STEPHENS
The entrance to St. Stephen's is called the Narthex or "porch," and symbolizes the entrance to the Christian life. The Nave extends from the narthex to the area where the altar is placed. The word "nave" comes from Latin and means "ship." The ship has long been a symbol for the Church ("the ark of salvation") In Christian life, the nave stands for the gathering of the faithful. It leads to the Sanctuary where the altar is located.
Here are a few suggestions for those who want to enter fully into the life of St. Stephen's:
Cultivate the habit of praying for yourself, others and the world.
Set aside a time each day for reflection, Bible reading and prayer.
Worship regularly. Our motivation should be from the love of God, not guilt. God wants us to come to him so that he may give us his gifts of love and strength.
Enter as much as possible into the life of the Parish. There are many opportunities for service at St. Stephen's, and all are important—hospitality, serving as usher, choir member, altar guild, assisting in the office, Sunday School and community outreach.
Give toward the work of the church by making a yearly pledge. There is no requirement as to the amount one should give, but the Biblical standard is tithing or giving 10%.
Keep learning about your church and what it means to live a Christian life. When you travel, plan to visit an Episcopal (or Anglican) Church and introduce yourself.
Let the love of God shine through, remembering that we represent Christ in the world by what we say and do, not just on Sunday morning, but every day.
The best way to discover Jesus is to read the Gospels. Begin with Mark, then Matthew and Luke, saving John for last since it is more of a reflection of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection.