Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Big Worship Themes Coming!

Fall will bring a veritable harvest of Sunday observances, reports the Worship Committee from its Aug. 31 meeting.

September will continue with our Stewardship emphasis, which is being ably presented by a special task group of our young adults: Jessica and Blake Fulenwider and David and Jennifer Munden. (See below for a link to their first video offering).

October will bring a series of significant Sunday observances.


 Oct. 4 is World Communion Sunday, when all Protestant denominations around the world join together in Holy Communion, also known as Eucharist or the Lord's Supper. This day represents our Christian unity through the sacrament.

Oct. 11 is Children's Sabbath, when we focus on ministry with children. This year's theme is “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God’s Vision of Justice for Children.” St. Stephen will have a special liturgy that will include a visual presentation of children around the world and our men's chorus singing "Prayer of the Children."

Oct. 18 will be Laity Sunday, the day we honor the ministry of all baptized Christians in all walks of life, not solely church activities. Our Lay Leader, Keith Fulenwider, will bring the message on this day, and St. Stephen laypeople will lead worship.


Oct. 25 we will celebrate Music Heritage Sunday, and our choir director Ryan Forkner will bring the message. Music has long been one of St. Stephen's strongest ministries, and on this Sunday we will celebrate how our congregation's musical gifts draw people to God through Jesus Christ.


Altogether these special observances show the vital and vibrant faith community that is St. Stephen United Methodist Church. Please mark your calendars now for these dates so we can celebrate together!

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