English worship services

Below is our normal schedule of activities. However, due to the Covid-19 quarantine all public activities including worship services are canceled until further notice.
Sunday 8:00am Service

 

  • uses Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal Church's worship book that contains the standard orders of services

  • has no music

  • includes the Eucharist (communion) every week

  • usually lasts about 45 minutes

 
Sunday 10:30am Service
  • uses Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal Church's worship book that contains the standard orders of services

  • includes hymns and choral music (see more about this below)

  • includes the Eucharist (communion) every week

  • Spiritual formation for children ages 3-12 takes place during the service, and a sitter cares for children up to age 3 (learn more).

  • usually ends around 11:45am and is followed by a time for coffee, food, and fellowship

Music during Worship

Choir

Music at the 10:30 service is led by a volunteer choir of adults. They guide the congregation (which really is our largest choir) in a wide variety of musical responses during the service. Any number of styles will be found in the hymns, psalms, service music, anthems, and organ pieces each week. The choir does not vest, but is placed just where it should be: in the center of the congregation. Much of the music the congregation and choir sing is done without accompaniment. In the words of John Calvin, “Singing has great strength and power to move and to set our hearts on fire in order that we may call upon and praise God with a more vehement and ardent zeal.” We hope that this is so each Sunday!

The 10:30 choir rehearses each Thursday (September through June) from 7:30-9:15pm. Rehearsal is often followed by compline. The choir also meets at 9:30 each Sunday morning. The choir focuses on the hymns, psalms, and service music for each Sunday and usually sings several pieces independently. Music is chosen to highlight the themes of the lectionary, and the choir sings in many styles – from chant and Palestrina to spirituals and any number of contemporary composers and styles. All are encouraged to come and sing.

Organ

A restoration of St. Stephen’s original pipe organ was completed in early 2017 after not being fully functional for nearly 50 years. This restoration work was done by the Chesapeake Organ Company of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, and was funded largely by an anonymous donor. Now the visual brightness and freshness of a renovated sanctuary, completed just before the organ restoration, is complemented by the sounds and vibrancy of the renewed organ, which plays well as a solo instrument or as an accompaniment to congregational singing.

Other music leadership

St. Stephen’s has a resident bluegrass group named After the Flood, which often adds to worship. Instrumentalists are always welcome to join in any of our Sunday music in any of a number of ways (percussion, guitar, strings, brass, and handbells). As our Godly Play program continues to grow, there are also more opportunities for children to participate in the music-making that is part of worship.

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Todos los servicios en persona han sido cancelados hasta nuevo aviso, debido al cierre de Covid.

 

Nuestro horario normal:


8am & 10:30am (English)

5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish)

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