Regular Sunday Worship Schedule
St. Stephen’s offers worship opportunities with the Lord’s Supper served each and every Sunday during the year. During our “Program Year,” which runs roughly from Labor Day until Memorial Day, our Sunday services take place at 9:00 and 11:00 am. We are currently in the 2017/2018 program year. (Our Summer schedule can be found by clicking here.) Please check the weekly calendar for any changes to the regular worship schedule on festival Sundays such as Palm Sunday, Pentecost, or Reformation.
What to expect at our 9:00 am Worship
Our 9:00 worship follows a fairly consistent liturgical pattern of Gathering, Word, Meal and Dismissal, often following the forms suggested by the ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) hymnal. Scripture readings usually include an Old Testament Lesson, a sung Psalm, a New Testament Lesson, and a reading from one of the four Gospels, following the schedule of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). Worshipers will find liturgical songs and hymns of a wide variety of styles representing centuries of Christian music from chant to German-style chorales, popular American folk and spiritual songs, Christian music with global and ecumenical roots, as well as the modern praise style refrains. Printed bulletins are used alongside screens to help guide worshipers through the service, inviting everyone from the most regular attender to the first-time visitor to participate in prayer and song throughout. Worship is accompanied most often by organ and piano, and a choir and cantor support congregational singing. Communion is served as part of every service, and we invite everyone to come to the table to receive the Lord’s Supper.
What to expect at our 11:00 am Worship
The structure of our 11:00 worship may seem a little less formal and intimate than our 9:00 service, but also follows a liturgical pattern of Gathering, Word, Meal and Dismissal. Scripture readings include either an Old or New Testament Lesson, a spoken Psalm, and a Gospel reading, following the same RCL schedule as the 9:00 service. Worshipers will find all the service projected on screens, making it easy to follow and participate in prayer and songs. Music is drawn mainly from the repertory of “Contemporary Christian Rock,” or other pop-style songs, and typically led by a high-energy band, Steadfast, consisting of vocalists, guitars, bass, and drums. Communion is served as part of every service, and we invite everyone to come to the table to receive the Lord’s Supper.