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Worship


At St. Stephen we all believe that God wants us to come as we are and experience the joy and hope of gathering together in Jesus' name.

The Narrative Lectionary Our worship life this year is based on the narrative lectionary. Developed in conjunction with Luther Seminary, it is a set of readings for Christian worship which moves through the overarching biblical story in a ninth-month period. Respecting the traditional Christian church year with seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost; the narrative lectionary also respects the rhythms of the school year or program year. 

· In the fall of each year, we move rapidly through the Old Testament story -- beginning in Genesis around the start of September and culminating with the promise of the Messiah during December (Advent).

· In the winter of each year, the narrative lectionary moves in order through one Gospel -- tracing the story of Jesus in canonical order from birth, through ministry, passion, and culminating with the story of the resurrection at Easter. This year that will be John.

· In the spring of each year, the narrative lectionary engages part of the story of the early church, as told in Acts and other New Testament writings.

· The Narrative Lectionary for 2013-2014 runs from Sept. 8 2013 to June 8, 2014.


We have three distinct worship styles at St. Stephen on Sunday mornings.
  • At 8:30am we worship with a rotating but traditional Lutheran liturgy often enhanced by our Hosanna Choir and other special music. Holy Communion is celebrated on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month.
  • At the 9:45am Renewal service, you will find a slightly more contemporary mix of music although primarily traditional. Holy Communion is celebrated on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month. Young families also enjoy this service as there is a children’s message and Sunday School.
  • Our unique 11:00am service is an alternative mix of bluegrass, pop, contemporary and current music led by Billy McLaughlin and band. This lively service’s liturgy is simple yet beautiful with Holy Communion weekly. Young families also enjoy this service as there is a children’s message and Sunday School.