Our Worship Life
Through a great variety of opportunities, we gather to be nourished by God,
to have our life restored, to be ready to live lives of service for others!
Worship is rooted in God’s Word, as Jesus of the Bible is interpreted for
our lives. Music at St. Stephen’s is always dynamic and moving, whether on
our grand pipe organ or from our rock band, Steadfast; whether new songs
with trumpets or old songs a capella. At all Sunday services, you will
always have the chance to receive the Lord’s Supper. And in this community,
all are welcome to gather—young and old, children and adults to share in
prayer for each other and the needs of the world and to be enriched by God.
The premier focus of our worship together as the Body of Christ is found in
three services every Sunday morning, at 8:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m.
8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship
These services share a character and setting in our sanctuary. Liturgy is
richly lived out, never rigid or formal, but enlivening and dynamic. Songs
and hymns from throughout the ages give voice to our faith, from strong
chorales to words penned by our own pastors. The music here is a
definite highlight of life at St. Stephen’s, featuring our well-acclaimed
new pipe organ and a weekly variety of instrumental support. We are
proud to use the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnals
11:00 a.m. Christian Rock
A New Dimension
you’d like something a bit different, then our 11:00 a.m. Emerging rock
service is for you! Still with an identifiable Lutheran liturgical format,
the atmosphere is welcoming and fun. You’ll hear great contemporary
Christian rock by our band, Steadfast, and you’ll love the intimacy of the
communion circle and the devotion of lighting a candle to mark your prayers.
If the friendly enthusiasm isn’t enough by itself, grab a cup of gourmet
coffee from the Holy Grounds Coffee Bar! You can follow these links to find out a bit more:
Children in Emerging Worship
A special area is provided within the Emerging
for children with activities and room for movement.
Tell A Friend! Bring A Friend!
Christ, Be Our Light!
Our Life Together is centered in worship, sent to be
God’s people of joy in the world!
Sundays at 8:00 & 10:00 am
Vibrant, Traditional, Worship
Sundays at 11:00 am
Emerging Rock Worship
Tuesdays at 9:00 am
Thursdays at 8:00 am
Ecumenical Morning Prayer
For this program year, we will be following a new set
of readings that helps us to enter the flow of the biblical
story. This will help us to find ourselves as part of God’s
good news, from A to Z! You will be hearing more about the
Narrative Lectionary in worship, as well as in your
...The Rest of the
Our Narrative Lectionary
captures the flow of the biblical story, but still has to
bypass much. Here is some of what we missed and what more
you might want to find to read.
Last Sunday: Paul &the Council’s
The Rest of the Story: The story of early church conflict
continues with the growing pains of incorporating outsiders
and insiders who don’t like change.
This Week: Paul’s Side of
From Galatians 1 & 2
The Rest of the Story:
It isn’t really a narrative plot that carries forward
between this week and next, but Paul goes on to argue in his
letter that God’s promise incorporates us all.
May 12: All Children of
From Galatians 3
Your staff at St. Stephen’s prays each Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. for a
segment of the congregation and for other concerns. We would love to have
you join us for this time of prayer. If you have any prayer requests, talk
to a staff member.
Thursday Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.
The service of Morning Prayer (Matins) is offered every Thursday, 8:00-8:30
a.m. in the sanctuary. All who wish to attend are welcome.
A dedicated group is very concerned about you. If you have needs/requests to
share with the Prayer Chain, contact the church office, 608-222-1241
Vigil for Peace & Justice
20th Day of Every Month
On the 20th day of the month, no matter which day of the
week, every month of the year, we gather for a prayer vigil
for peace and justice in the Middle East. The format is
simple: the lighting of candles, song, readings and prayer.
The vigil meets in Koinonia Place from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
This year several special events are planned in conjunction
with the vigils featuring films, guests and meals.