Why Do We Worship?
In worship we affirm our relationship with our Creator through acts of praise, song, thanksgiving and storytelling. We celebrate together what God has done and is doing to create and renew the world. In worship, we reset our compasses toward that which is truly ultimate amidst a culture cluttered with distractions. In a stressed and harried world, we enter sacred time, when we are refreshed in the company of God and one another. In worship God nourishes us through Word and Sacrament and strengthens us for service.
From the earliest days of the church, Christians gathered together on the first day of the week to tell the story of Jesus, share a meal, pray and sing. We continue this tradition in celebrating the Eucharist (from the Greek word for “thanksgiving”) every week. The Eucharist is a feast in which God offers us a foretaste of heaven. Jesus described God’s reign (or kingdom) as a great banquet, around which people from every tribe and nation are reconciled in love and peace. The Eucharist points toward God’s ultimate vision for human community and helps us live into that vision in our time and place.
What do I wear?
Please wear what feels like church to you. We are interested in you, not your wardrobe. You will see a variety of dress—from jeans to dresses or suits.
Will I be welcomed?
St. Stephen’s is a house of prayer for all people. We welcome all who join us, and we strive to make you feel that this is your house as well.
What do I do?
In the Episcopal worship service, we stand, sit, and kneel at different times. When you enter the church, you will be given a program for the order of service that guides you when to stand, sit or kneel. You are welcome to follow along, but if you are more comfortable staying seated, please feel free to do so.
How do I take communion?
All are welcome to take communion. Our rector will invite the congregation to come forward and an usher will direct you to the altar. Please kneel or stand, with your hands cupped to receive the bread. You may dip your bread in the cup of wine, or eat the bread and then guide the cup to your lips and drink. If you would rather receive a blessing, please come forward with your arms crossed in front of your chest.