Worship at St. Stephen's
We welcome everyone to worship with us, wherever you are in your faith journey. We have four weekly services: a Rosary service at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, and three Holy Eucharist services on Sundays at 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Our Saturday Rosary group is an informal group which honors prayer requests and special needs.
Every week we gather as a community to hear God's Word and to be transformed into Christ's body for the world through the Holy Eucharist (the Lord's Supper). Communion is a way for us to participate in each other's life and in the heart of God. We leave to serve in Jesus' name. All are welcome at God's Table.
We worship with joy and full participation. Below you will find three distinct forms of prayer.
Spoken. Each Sunday at 7:45 a.m., we will gather in the Nave for a traditional spoken liturgy of Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer. This contemplative service will be around 30 minutes, offering stillness and brevity.
Episcopal. Each Sunday at 8:30 a.m., we will gather in the Nave for a traditional Episcopal liturgy of Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer. This service will be distinct in its rich musical offerings, supported by our gifted staff singers. The liturgy will be completed by 9:15 a.m.
Global. Each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., we will gather in the Nave for a more innovative and creative liturgy of Holy Eucharist, drawing from many parts of the Anglican world and our own supplemental texts. This service will be supported by our downtown and uptown choirs, along with a full complement of staff singers.
From fall through early summer. we have Sunday School for children from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Our Adult Forums are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Norms For Worship
We come to worship God. All of us will gather in the Nave of the Church. Formation teachers will adjourn to the church.
Christ will meet us here. Eucharist is the central act of our worship and we invite everyone to come forward to receive… a blessing, bread, wine. We don’t think any condition keeps us from meeting Christ.
Worship is service. Everyone is invited to have a role in worship that matches their gifts and readiness. We absorb what we practice; children and youth will be encouraged to be responsible for appropriate parts of our worship so they learn to serve.
We learn from each other. We are whole when all generations are present. Children and youth benefit from having meaningful relationships with adults other than their parents. Children and youth may sit with other adults.
We create a safe environment. We ensure that the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of all who come to us. Safeguarding practices are mandatory. Children and young people cannot be left to wander throughout the building unattended by an adult. It takes a village… Discipline of children is the responsibility of parents; maintaining our norms as a community of faith is the responsibility of all.