Sunday, September 13, 2020

Order of Service: September 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Welcome to Sunday Worship at St. Stephen!

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God bless you!



The color green, used for the vestments and paraments in the season after Pentecost, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


OLD TESTAMENT: The reading is taken from near the end of the famous story of Jacob, Joseph, and Joseph’s brothers. After Jacob’s death, the brothers who had sold Joseph into slavery become concerned that he would now take revenge upon them for their deeds. Joseph reassures them, stating that he is not in the place of God to judge. When we take vengeance into our own hands, we put ourselves in the place of God, who is, in the final analysis, the only trustworthy arbiter. Only the Holy Spirit can free us from seeking the place of God and instead to strive for reconciliation with those who have wronged us.


NEW TESTAMENT: Paul addresses different religious practices in the community. Those in the Roman church who ate only vegetables did so not for health reasons but so that they might be sure they kept kosher. Paul did not feel that Christians should be bound by the dietary laws, but he views this difference between him and others as something that shouldn’t necessarily divide the church, as long as keeping kosher was not required (see Galatians 1!) Likewise, those who observed the Jewish holy days and those who did not could live together with their differences. It is not for us to judge each other; the Lord will judge. We are called to discern which differences in our day can be lived with and which should be addressed. It went without saying for Paul that the church could not live with disagreement as to whether or not Jesus Christ is Lord.


GOSPEL: Peter asks Jesus at what point he no longer has to forgive someone; this shows that he really is not interested in forgiveness, but in eventual judgment. Jesus responds with a parable to move the disciples toward hearts of forgiveness. Those who truly believe that they are debtors and that God has forgiven their debts will gladly and cheerfully forgive others’ debts to them.

Preparation for Worship

Upon reaching your place, you may wish to read Psalm 84 in silence:


1 How dear to me is your dwelling, O | Lord of hosts!*

                My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;

                my heart and my flesh rejoice in the | living God.

2 The sparrow has found her a house

and the swallow a nest where she may | lay her young,*

                by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts,

my King | and my God.

3 Happy are they who dwell | in your house!*

                They will always be | praising you.

4 Happy are the people whose strength | is in you,*

                whose hearts are set on the | pilgrims' way.

5 Those who go through the desolate valley

will find it a | place of springs,*

                for the early rains have covered it with | pools of water.

6 They will climb from | height to height,*

                and the God of gods will reveal him- | self in Zion.

7 Lord God of hosts, | hear my prayer;*

                hearken, O | God of Jacob.

8 Behold our defend- | er, O God;*

                and look upon the face of | your anointed.

9 For one day in your courts

is better than a thousand in | my own room,*

                and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God

                than to dwell in the tents | of the wicked.

10 For the Lord God is both | sun and shield;*

                he will give | grace and glory;

11 no good thing will the | Lord withhold*

                from those who walk | with integrity.

12 O | Lord of hosts,*

                happy are they who put their | trust in you!


You may pray the following prayers:


Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God: hear our prayer and send your holy angel from heaven to guard, protect, visit, and defend all those who assemble together in this house; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Most gracious God, incline your merciful ears to our prayers and enlighten our hearts by the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may approach your Holy Mysteries with believing hearts and love you with an everlasting love.


OPENING MUSIC                                                    Praise the Lord! O Heavens

I.                    Philip Gehring

II.                  Wayne Barlow


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:


1      Praise the Lord! O heav'ns, adore him;

        praise him, angels, in the height;

        sun and moon, rejoice before him;

        praise him, gleaming stars and light.

        Praise the Lord, for he has spoken;

        worlds his mighty voice obeyed;

        laws which never shall be broken

        for their guidance he has made.


2      Praise the Lord, for he is gracious;

        never shall his promise fail.

        God has made his saints victorious;

        sin and death shall not prevail.

        Praise the God of our salvation;

        hosts on high, his pow'r proclaim;

        heav'n and earth, and all creation,

        laud and magnify his name!


Text: Foundling Hospital Collection, London, 1796








The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.


In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:8-9)


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


Most merciful God,

we confess that we are in bondage to sin

and cannot free ourselves.

We have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Amen


In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake the Father forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows and them the Holy Spirit.








The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.

(2 Corinthians 13:13)



In peace, let us pray to the Lord.                                 Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above,

and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.       Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world,

for the well-being of the Church of God,

and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.    Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house,

and for all who offer here their worship and praise,

let us pray to the Lord.                                                   Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.                       Amen




Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.         

(Luke 2:14)

Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

                We worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

                Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God:

                You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

                You are seated at the right hand of the Father;

receive our prayer.

                For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

                you alone are the Most High,

                Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen



The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Gracious Father, you are slow to anger and rich in compassion.

  Keep alive in us the memory of your mercy,

  that our angers may be calmed and our resentments dispelled.

  May we discover the forgiveness promised to those who forgive,

  and become a people rich in mercy.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit;

one God, now and forever.




The LORD is full of compassion and mercy,

slow to anger and of great kindness.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                                   Psalm 103:8




First READING                                                                      Genesis 50:15-21


15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 103:1-13

The psalm is read responsively between the pastor and the people.


1 Bless the Lord, | O my soul,*

                and all that is within me, bless his | holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, | O my soul,*

                and forget not | all his benefits.

3 He forgives | all your sins*

                and heals all | your infirmities;

4 he redeems your life | from the grave*

                and crowns you with mercy and | lovingkindness;

5 he satisfies you | with good things,*

                and your youth is renewed | like an eagle's.

6 The Lord ex- | ecutes righteousness*

                and judgment for all who | are oppressed.

7 He made his ways | known to Moses*

                and his works to the chil- | dren of Israel.

8 The Lord is full of compas- | sion and mercy,*

                slow to anger and | of great kindness.

9 He will not al- | ways accuse us,*

                nor will he keep his an- | ger forever.

10 He has not dealt with us according | to our sins,*

                nor rewarded us according | to our wickedness.

11 For as the heavens are high | above the earth,*

                so is his mercy great upon | those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is | from the west,*

                so far has he removed our | sins from us.

13 As a father cares | for his children,*

                so does the Lord care for | those who fear him.


SECOND READING                                                             Romans 14: 1-12


1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
 7We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written,
 “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
  and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12So then, each of us will be accountable to God.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.




Alleluia. Whatever was written in former days

was written for our instruction,

  so that by steadfastness and by encouragement of the scriptures

  we might have hope.  Alleluia.

                                                         Romans 15:4


Gospel                                                                                     Matthew 18:21-35


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.

33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.





HYMN OF THE DAY                                           Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


1      "Forgive our sins as we forgive,"

        you taught us, Lord, to pray;

        but you alone can grant us grace

        to live the words we say.


2      How can your pardon reach and bless

        the unforgiving heart

        that broods on wrongs and will not let

        old bitterness depart?


3      In blazing light your cross reveals

        the truth we dimly knew:

        how trifling others' debts to us;

        how great our debt to you!


4     Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls

        and bid resentment cease;

        then, by your mercy reconciled,

        our lives will spread your peace.


Text: Rosamond E. Herklots, 1905-1987, alt.

Text © Oxford University Press 1969




The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

                On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                the holy catholic Church,

                the communion of saints,

                the forgiveness of sins,

                the resurrection of the body,

                and the life everlasting. Amen




Made one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the Father for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


Teach us to forgive others as we have been forgiven by you. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Unite us in truth and love, that we may be full of faith and good works. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Lead our Congress, our President, our judges, and all in authority in wisdom and righteousness. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Come to the aid of all who are displaced by fire and flood, earthquake, lightning, and storm, illness and pandemic, and any kind of disaster. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Be with those who have no home, and help us to supply their needs so they may live and serve you. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We thank you for your mercies, and we pray them upon all in need. Look with favor upon those we name, aloud and in silence:


The People may offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We give thanks for the faithful departed, especially those dear to us who rest in you, and we ask you to lead us in lives of forgiveness until we take our place with all the forgiven. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.





We do not presume to come to your table, O Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

  We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy.

  Grant us, therefore, O gracious Lord,

  so to eat the flesh of your dear son, Jesus Christ,

  and so to drink his blood,

  that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.





The Great Thanksgiving begins with the Preface, leading into the Sanctus:


The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.


  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord:

  On the holy cross, he offered himself as a sacrifice for sinners, and by the power of his resurrection he gives us his Holy Spirit that we may share in his life of forgiveness and peace.

  And so with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

Heaven and earth are full of your glory;

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

Hosanna in the highest!                                                    (Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9)




The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


We praise and thank you, O God,

           for in your infinite goodness you have created us

           to receive and rejoice in your love and mercy. 


In the fullness of time and according to your purposes

           you sent your beloved Son,

           our Lord Jesus Christ, born of Mary. 


He came to proclaim the Kingdom;

           He healed the sick and numbered Himself among sinners;

           He poured Himself out in death,               

           giving His life as our ransom and our righteousness.


In the night in which He was betrayed

                our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks,

                broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my Body, given for you. 

                Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my Blood,

                shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. 

                Do this for the remembrance of me.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

                Christ has died.

                Christ is risen.

                Christ will come again.


Holy Father,

                as we remember our Lord's life and passion,

           His resurrection and ascension,

           we give you our thanks and bless your holy name. 


Because your Son has made us His fellow-servants,

           a holy priesthood, a people set apart, we pray:


Send now His life-giving Spirit

           upon this Bread of Life and this Cup of Blessing,

           that we and all who partake

           of Christ's body and blood

           may find our unity in Him

           and our lives defined by His cross,

           as we await His final coming as Lord of love.

                Through Him, with Him, in Him,

 in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father,

now and forever. 



In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:



Our Father, who art in heaven,

                hallowed be thy name,

                thy kingdom come,

                thy will be done,

                                on earth as it is in heaven.

                Give us this day our daily bread;

                and forgive us our trespasses,

                                as we forgive those who trespass against us;

                and lead us not into temptation,

                                but deliver us from evil.

                For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                                forever and ever. Amen                               (Matthew 6:9-15)


We adore Christ with the words of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).


The LORD satisfies us with good things;

   And our youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

                                                                                                      (Psalm 103:5)


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

  have mercy on us.                                                        

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;              

  have mercy on us.                                        

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;              

  Grant us peace.

(John 1:29, see also Luke 17:13)






Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated,  and please do not remove your mask until you have reached the table with the elements on it.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.

Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing


1      Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing,

        worship, thanks, devotion voicing:

        glory be to God on high!

        Christ, your cross and passion sharing,

        by this eucharist declaring

        yours the final victory.


2      Scattered flock, one shepherd sharing,

        lost and lonely, one voice hearing,

        ears attentive to your word;

        by your blood new life receiving,

        in your body, firm believing,

        we are yours, and you the Lord.


3      Sins forgiven, wrongs forgiving,

        we go forth alert and living

        in your Spirit, strong and free.

        Partners in your new creation,

        seeking peace in ev'ry nation,

        may we faithful foll'wers be.


Text: Howard C. A. Gaunt, 1902-1983, alt.

Text © Oxford University Press.

When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.    



Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be forever. Amen                                       Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)



Almighty Father, you gave your Son

both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life.

  Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving,

  and to conform our lives to his;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and X give you peace.

  Amen                                                                                                  (Numbers 6:24-26)



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                          

  Thanks be to God!


CLOSING MUSIC                                                       Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee


1              Joyful, joyful we adore thee,

                God of glory, Lord of love!

                Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee,

                praising thee, their sun above.

                Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,

                drive the gloom of doubt away.

                Giver of immortal gladness,

                fill us with the light of day.


2              All thy works with joy surround thee,

                earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,

                stars and angels sing around thee,

                center of unbroken praise.

                Field and forest, vale and mountain,

                flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,

                chanting bird, and flowing fountain

                call us to rejoice in thee.


3              Thou art giving and forgiving,

                ever blessing, ever blest,

                wellspring of the joy of living,

                ocean-depth of happy rest!

                Thou our Father, Christ our brother,

                all who live in love are thine;

                teach us how to love each other,

                lift us to the joy divine!


Text: Henry van Dyke, 1852-1933


Please maintain social distance and remain masked while exiting the building. Please sanitize your hands before leaving the building.



Last Weekend’s Attendance:   8 + 16 = 24


Offering: 9/6/2020

                Towards Budget:                                 $             1,840.00

Itemized Non Budget:

                        Food Bank:                        $     125.00

                 Building Fund:                         $       50.00

 Lutheran World Relief:                         $       35.00

                              Flowers:                        $      20.00

             Portals of Prayer:                        $       20.00

                Water Mission:                         $       20.00



                                                Total:                         $             2,110.00


The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God by the Noel family in memory of Joseph Noel, Jr.



Linda Armento, at home

Mary Jo Bondi, at home

Ruth Duessel, at Concordia, Rebecca

Pastor Carl Hendrickson, at home

Elsie Kemmler and Bill Roth at Concordia, South Hills

David Noel, at Kane Rehab, Scott Township

Geneva Schrag, at Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg

William Wetzel at Concordia, Cabot




·         If you wish to attend worship, you will need to pre-register every week by either calling the office or sending an email.

·         Registration ends Saturday at 12 noon.

·         Masks are required to be worn while in the building.

·         Upon entering and leaving the church, you must sanitize your hands or wash them with soap and water.

·         Everyone must sign in when entering the church. This way we can keep track of who was in the church and when.


WORSHIP SERVICES are held every Saturday evening at 6:30 PM and Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. Pastor Frontz also livestreams Compline (Prayer at the Close of the Day) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. These can be accessed on the church’s Facebook page (


THE COUNCIL WILL MEET next Sunday evening at 7 PM.  Please pray for the council.


PLEASE HELP! During the month of September, we will be taking a special offering for Lutheran World Relief to bring aid to the people of Beirut, Lebanon.  Specific information on this effort are included in the September Newsletter that was mailed to your homes this past week. As you send in your offerings, please consider including a gift for Lutheran World Relief’s efforts in Beirut.  Thank you.


OPERATION SAFETY NET Also during the month of September, our church will be taking an ingathering of gifts for ‘Operation Safety Net’, a local ministry submitted to us by Joan Derrick, our Outreach Committee chair.  Please see the poster in the narthex and the September Newsletter for ideas on how you can help.  Thank you.




THE GARDEN needs to be weeded again. Imagine that! If you have time, please stop by the church and pull a few weeds. You need not do it all. You’ll feel good and the garden will look nice!


KINDLY REMEMBER TO PAY FOR THE FLOWERS you ordered for the weekend Altar and for the special occasions.  Altar flowers are $20/vase. Checks can be made out to St. Stephen Lutheran Church with a notation “flowers” and placed in the offering plate


DAILY DEVOTIONS, including THE WORD IN SEASON, PORTALS OF PRAYER AND CHRIST IN OUR HOME (July, August, and September 2020) are available on the table in the Narthex. Take one or more to share with family and friends. If you are able, a donation would be welcomed to help defray the cost to the congregation for these resources. Thank you!



2020 ‘DAILY TEXTS’ are available in the Narthex. A donation of

$10 per book would be appreciated to help cover the cost of the books. Thank you.


PLEASE ALERT Pastor Frontz anytime you are hospitalized by calling him on his cell: (570) 447-8758.  Hospitals DO NOT contact the church.


ST STEPHEN COUNSELING CENTER: A site of Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute/PPI). For marriage, family, teen and individual counseling – for first appointment call PPI at 412-661-1239. St. Stephen Center is

412-279-5452. Counseling opens doors to hope. Counselor: Caroline Graham-McGuire.


Sun/ Sept 13	WORSHIP 10:30 AM
		Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM Wed/ Sept 16	Evening Prayer (livestream) 7:00 PM
Sat/ Sept  19	NA Meeting 11:00 AM
Sun/ Sept 20	WORSHIP 10:30 AM
		Council Meeting 7:00 PM
		Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM




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Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #20540.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language,

copyright 1997 International Commission on English in the Liturgy. All rights reserved.

Eucharistic Canon from A Little Book of Canons, copyright 1997 by Ron Ronneberg, STS, used by permission

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