St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Thursday, December 18, 2014
There's a place for you here.
What to expect
Whoever you are and wherever you might be on your spiritual journey, we hope your experience here will encourage and strengthen you. We are sure that your presence here will strengthen and encourage others.
Every Sunday during the academic year (summer worship schedule here), there are five different services of worship (8, 9 and 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.), each with its own character. At 9:00, there are two services happening simultaneously – one in the large, Gothic church, and the other in the smaller brick chapel known as “Palmer Hall.”
The service in Palmer Hall involves conversational instruction about the worship experience in a more intimate space. The service in the large church is intended to be equally welcoming, without conversational instruction, and the setting feels to some more transcendent. Both of these services have important roles for children, and people of all ages are most welcome at any of our five services. You might enjoy experimenting, in order to find the service that is most helpful to you.
All are welcome to receive Communion. In the pew rack there are instructions about receiving the bread and wine, but please do not worry about “doing it right.” The important thing is simply that you know that God welcomes you, and there is no telling how God might reach you in Communion. Just be open.
At 5:30 p.m. each Sunday evening, St. Stephen's offers a service of Celtic Evensong with Holy Communion. Our Celtic worship is drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria in Scotland, and the music at these services is contemplative, lively and haunting. The prayers are at once earthy, holy and inclusive. This service has been well received not only by St. Stephen's parishioners, but includes worshipers from other churches in the area, as well as those with little or no religious background. All are welcome at this service.
From the ancient monastic practice of ending the day in prayer and praise of God, a weekly Compline service is held every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. This stunningly beautiful candlelit service features a small group of singers, "Sanctuary," offering Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. Learn more about this service here.
You are always welcome here.
Gary D. Jones, Rector