Community Life

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Icon of St. Stephen

St. Stephen’s was founded by a very small group of people who began to gather in a home to worship together. We soon realized that, if we were going to invite others to join us to form a permanent church, we would need a name. After prayerful consideration, we all agreed that we were becoming a church that would fashion its continuing life after the life of St. Stephen. So, that became our name.

St. Stephen’s ministry is described in the book of Acts. He was one of “seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (Acts 6:3). The apostles chose Stephen and six others to take on the time-consuming responsibility of “serving tables and caring for the widows.” Because he led the early church in the humble ministry of service, he is considered the first deacon. The office of deacon continues to this day, and we believe that we are called as a church to the kind of quiet ministry that is usually associated with Stephen and his successors in the diaconate.

St. Stephen may have been chosen for a behind-the-scenes ministry, but he was hardly lacking in influence. The book of Acts tells us that Stephen preached and did many miracles. All of this led to conflict with those who opposed the spread of Christianity. St. Stephen was accused of blasphemy, and brought before the authorities. His powerful sermon before the Council is recorded in the seventh chapter of Acts. He so angered the members of the Council that, without a trial, they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. As he died, 
he prayed for his persecutors. 

We hope that St. Stephen’s will also always bear such a bold and generous witness for our Lord.

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