Worship

We lift our hearts to God. Come and celebrate His Word with us.

Worship

We lift our hearts to God. Come and celebrate His Word with us.

SERVICE STREAMS

Our Sunday service livestream takes place at 10:00 AM. It is a time for us to gather, dedicate to the Lord, and give thanks for our blessings.

All Sunday streams, Holy Week, Feast Days, including The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Special Event streams, are available with the YouTube link below.

Watch all St Stephen’s Services LIVE

IN-PERSON SERVICES

In-Person Indoor Service Times, 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

Regular Sundays
8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

  • St Stephen’s is open for Outdoor Worship at 8:00 AM and Indoor Worship at 10:00 AM. The Bishop’s office has re-issued the request for all indoor services that masks are to be worn by all: vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Pre-registration, capacity limitations, or check-in not required. Please plan to physically distance from other parishioner groups when possible. Vaccination and masks are required by all who enter the campus (except for those who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons).

St Stephens COVID-19 Important Notice

On August 23, we learned that a parishioner who attended church at St Stephen’s on August 15 tested positive for SARS-Cov-2. The person was masked during the service, and no close contacts have tested positive. Given that the exposure was over 10 days ago there is no action required by those who attended the service. This exposure does show how contagious the delta variant of COVID-19 is, particularly as the infected person was fully vaccinated. It also illustrates how effective vaccination and wearing masks are in preventing secondary transmission. 

We have developed two policies to address the risks of the highly contagious delta variant. First, we will inform parishioners promptly by email if there has been a potential exposure at the campus. Second, we will now require all people who attend in-person services or other church events to be fully vaccinated (in addition to all wearing masks indoors). At this point the vaccination requirement will be enforced using the honor system. Churches in San Francisco are required to check vaccination status, and it is possible that we will begin that practice as well once we learn more.

MUSIC

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
– Psalm 95:1

Beginning October 3, our long-standing music program will be led by the new Music Minister and organist, Jonathan Dimmock, and includes a children’s worship choir and adult worship choir. A Frobenius organ, custom-made in Denmark for our church in 1989, enhances many musical selections.

The American Bach Soloists, a musical group founded at St Stephen’s in 1989, are our Artists-in-Residence.

St Stephen’s also serves as a music and recording venue for music groups as well as a rehearsal space for the Marin Men’s Chorus. 

Learn more about music and Jonathan Dimmock, St Stephen’s NEW Music Minister

CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE AND LOVE

Note: Only funerals of small size are currently permitted due to COVID-19.


Baptisms

People of all ages may be baptized. We perform baptisms to anyone who wishes to become an official member of our congregation.

Weddings

Weddings are a celebration of the connection between two people that God has brought together. Let us be a part of your big day.

Funerals

We are here for everyone through every stage of life. We provide funeral services and help loved ones make arrangements.

FAMILY CHAPEL

A 20-minute service with simple lessons and child-friendly songs make Family Chapel an ideal service for even the youngest of viewers. Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM when available. A service of prayer, light, and bible lesson. Currently on hold. Past Chapels available with the YouTube link below. No registration required.

Watch Family Chapel on our YouTube channel

LITURGICAL SUPPORT GROUPS

Acolytes

 

Altar Guild

 

Chalice Bearers

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

 

Lay Readers

 

Ushers + Greeters

 

Stream Team

SERMONS

View the latest sermon or browse our archive to select a specific sermon.

Watch Sermons on our YouTube Channel

JUST A FEW THOUGHTS

JAFT addresses preaching as an activity in a thoughtfully deconstructed way.

Watch Just a Few Thoughts on our YouTube Channel

The Majesty and Intimacy of Rite I

Rite I and Rite II of the Service of Holy Eucharist in the Book of Common Prayer use largely the same language, the primary difference between them being Rite II’s adoption of the more formal second person pronoun ‘you’ instead of the more intimate and majestic Elizabethan ‘thou’.
 
In French to this day, and Spanish has something similar, ‘tu’, like ‘thou’, is an intimate. And in a formal, polite situation with somebody you don’t know, or someone you are respecting, for example your French teacher, you use ‘vous’. You’d never use ‘tu’. You’d never address her with ‘tu’. It would be inappropriate; she’s your teacher.
 
And ‘thou’ is analogous to the French ‘tu’, and ‘you’ is analogous to the French ‘vous’ which is the formal. And if we don’t know better, if we’re uneducated or naïve, as I certainly was until I was taught, we hear ‘Thou’ and think, “Wow, that’s so formal; that’s so cold and distant,” while actually it’s precisely the opposite if we begin to understand one of the elementary principles of Elizabethan English.
 
We talk of ‘taking on’ something, as well as giving up something, for Lent. By putting Rite I in our mouths during this season of preparation for Easter—roughly a tenth of a year’s Sundays, a tithe—we keep faith with the people who came before us, the godly souls who handed down to our generation in this place the Book of Common Prayer tradition, the people who put up the building which does so much for us. We pray with them every Sunday, “with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven,” and whenever we use Rite I we make them, once our neighbors, our neighbors once again.
 
This is one reason, there are others I could talk about another time, why Rite I language is unsurpassable. It is more majestic and, at the same time, more intimate. In Rite I we speak with God, with God!, the way we speak with an intimate. And that, my friends, is awesome.
—PCE, Jr

UNDERSTANDING EPISCOPAL WORSHIP

Learn more about what it means to be a part of the Episcopal church.

UNDERSTANDING EPISCOPAL WORSHIP

Learn more about what it means to be a part of the Episcopal church.

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