St. Stephen Presbyterian

At St. Stephen Fellowship of Presbyterian Church we believe in living lives of service to Jesus Christ. Our service is more than music or worship we are focused on serving our community and work to enrich and support the lives of those people in our area.

Weekly Events

Sunday morning worship service starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 12 a.m. A traditional worship experience providing a structured service with a wide range of musical styles; from choral anthems, gospel songs and other special music. It also includes corporate readings and traditional communal forms such as the Lord's Prayer.

Temporarily closed

04/01/2021

Bring your friends and family! Fun for all ages!

Bring your friends and family! Fun for all ages!

03/21/2021

Join us for a traditional Easter Service at 9:30 a.m. on April 4th.

Join us for a traditional Easter Service at 9:30 a.m. on April 4th.

10/07/2020

Radio Free Babylon

The Joy of Thy Salvation

09/30/2020

Join us this Sunday October 4th as we relaunch our Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary! We hope to see you there.

05/24/2020

St. Stephen Presbyterian's cover photo

05/24/2020

Our food pantry again thru the grace of GOD was a great success!
The Boy Scouts Troop 78, that our church sponsors, and about 10 other individuals, three from Lifesong Methodist Church, came to help with the food distribution.
We served 135 individual families and a total of 533 people within those families. Each family was given two large bags of non-perishable foods and all were very pleased with what they received.

04/11/2020

Many prayers going out for Tom and Betty Hartshorn at this time! Prayers for healing and faith in these desperate hours. Much love to this great couple! True pillars of our church family!

04/05/2020

St. Stephen Presbyterian's cover photo

Easter Memories 04/05/2020

Looking back on Easter Services! Praise our risen Savior!

Looking back on Easter Services! Praise our risen Savior!

03/11/2020

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12/20/2019

Looking for a quiet yet joyful Christmas Eve service? Our service starts at 7 p.m. and it would be wonderful to see you there!

12/19/2019

Great night of fellowship as we enjoyed our annual Progressive Dinner! A big thank you to our hosts and co hosts!

09/01/2019

Great words today on this slightly nervous Sunday morning!

04/14/2019

Thanks to the volunteers for today's workday!

03/14/2019

rum·mage sale
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Friday and Saturday
8a.m. - 3 p.m.
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Come on by and check out all the goodies!

02/17/2019

What a beautiful day here for worship! May all be blessed with the grace and love that comes from knowing our Lord and Savior!

02/10/2019

Today we thank Scout Troop and Cub Pack #78 for being part of our service and also a big thank you goes to Pastor Christopher Ham, dressed in his Scout uniform, for a great sermon "Be Prepared" 1 Samuel 17!

02/03/2019

Join us!

01/26/2019

Thanks go out to our pantry team! Today we helped 41 families put food in their bellies!

01/23/2019

It's so true!

12/09/2018

Sunday funny!

11/27/2018

This Sunday Dec. 2nd gospel ensemble Wing and a Prayer will be performing a Christmas Cantata at our 10:30 a.m. service. Hope to see you there for this special service!

10/12/2018

Come on out to our rummage sale 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.! Loads of goodies!

10/07/2018

Great words by the always captivating Jeremiah Dickinson from Ephesians today! He will be here through November so come on in and feel the blessings!
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
8601 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 32825

04/08/2018

What a great fellowship luncheon today with our suprise guest chef! Thank you Johnny D. Miller for your great expertise!

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04/08/2018

Todays surprise celebrity chef revealed! Join us today for our 10:30 a.m. service and for lunch afterwards!

12/23/2017

What a wonderful trip to the Russell Home! Many thanks to all who donated and those who came with us to visit these wonderful souls!

09/28/2017

Make sure you make plans to stop by our rummage and bake sale! All proceeds go to our food pantry supplying local families in need!
This Friday & Saturday 8a.m. until 2p.m.

08/29/2017
07/02/2017

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Please take a moment and enjoy the transcript from our patriotic service.
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Indivisible Under God

Celebration Service

July 2, 2017

Prelude: Traveling On Medley American Melodies Sharilyn Knowles, piano

LEADER: Welcome and Announcements: ____GEORGIA___________

INDIVISIBLE (1=Georgia and 2= Betty)

Reader 1: One nation, under God - - inseparable – unbreakable – indivisible…under God.

Reader 2: America has been uniquely blessed among the nations of the earth.

Reader 1: We are a young country that has carried the burden of leadership in the world from our earliest days, endeavoring to rise to the occasion of living out the sacred truths embedded in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Reader 2: We have devoted ourselves to unity while celebrating our diversity. This is a course we must continue. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Reader 1: It is in the preservation of those things that we cherish, and in the acknowledgement of our Creator that we can remain – inseparable – unbreakable – indivisible…under God.

Please stand and join me in saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Presentation of Colors: Boy Scout TROOP #_______

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scouts Exit

LEADER or READER (best choice is one who has visited the White House) __Carol Denton? Other ideas? ______BETTY_________________________:

You may be seated. When you walk into the archives of our nation’s capital,

you are invited into a story,

the story of our nation’s freedom,

the story of YOUR freedom.

On display in that rotunda is the faded parchment that contain the framework of the Constitution of the United States,

the oldest written constitution in the world today.

The parchment is aged and brittle,

the ink has faded,

but its message is vibrant and unrivaled in history.

Its words ring with truth.

Join me in reading the Preamble from the screens:

CONGREGATION: “We the People of the United States, to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”

GLORIA PATRI and APOSTLE’S CREED (may leave these out??)

CECI: Francis Scott Key once said:

“The patriot who feels himself in the SERVICE of God,

who acknowledges Him in all his ways,

has the promise of Almighty direction,

and will find His Word in his greatest darkness.”

Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Please rise and join us in the singing of our national anthem.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” Lyrics: Francis Scott Key

Music: English tune known as “Anacreon” (ancient Greek poet noted for his praise of love and wine. Written about 1775 by John Stafford Smith)

CECI: You may be seated.

GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR (need two readers here)

Need reader 1 and 2________MILLIE AND BRENDA_________________________________________

M-READER: America – millions of courageous men,

women and children from every walk of life and every corner of the world came risking their lives to find hope on these shores.

B-READER: When first sighted from their ships,

LADY LIBERTY must have been a welcome sight offering sweet rest,

a haven from persecution and economic hardship.

M-READER: The journey was arduous and there was much to learn,

but for those who came,

they embraced their new lives and homeland willingly.

B-READER: America,

united and diverse,

a nation comprised of people from every land.

They came from everywhere bringing their individual cultures,

enriching this nation and adding their voice to this American song,

“My Country ‘tis of Thee”. Stand if you are able and Join me in singing.

AMERICA (My Country ‘tis of Thee) Written by Samuel Francis Smith; the tune used for this song is "God Save the Queen", the British National Anthem.

CHOOSE VERSE OR VERSES

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture fills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father's God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!

O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST

Betty: Read and Hear the words of Ronald Reagan,

40th president of the United States

on his second inaugural:

“History is a ribbon, always unfurling;

CONGREGATION

History is a journey.

And as we continue our journey,

We think of those who traveled before us.

BETTY: Now we hear again the echoes of our past:

A General

falls to his knees

in the hard snow

of Valley Forge;

CONGREGATION: a lonely President paces the darkened halls,

And ponders his struggle to preserve the Union;

The men of the Alamo call out encouragement to each other;

A settler pushes west and sings a song,

And the song echoes out forever and fills the unknowing air.

BETTY: It is the American sound.

It is hopeful,

Big-hearted,

Idealistic,

Daring,

Decent,

And fair.

That’s our heritage;

That is our song.

CONGREGATION: We sing it still.

For all our problems,

Our differences,

We are together as of old,

As we raise our voices to the God who is the Author of this most tender music.

Betty: and may He continue to hold us close as we fill the world with our sound

Sound in unity,

Affection,

And love—

CONGREGATION: one people under God,

Dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart,

Betty: called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world.

ALL: AMEN

Betty: Men, please stand and sing first verse;

women follow the screen to come in on 2nd verse and WE SING TOGETHER on the 3rd verse.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (a paraphrase of Psalm 90:1-5. Isaac Watts 1714, and published it in a collection of poetic versions of the Psalms in 1719. He called the collection, The Psalms of David in the Language of the New Testament.

CHECK LYRICS WITH RED HYMNAL AND CHOOSE 1 or 2 verses?

1

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

3

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

5

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

6

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while life shall last,
And our eternal home.

WE WON’T GIVE UP

(music begins)

MICHELLE: With an unconquerable spirit, unlimited courage and singular fortitude, America took its first steps as a nation.

CONGREGATION: Brave men and women risked life and fortune to overcome great odds and upon it they built a foundation for freedom. We say to you this day; now is not the time to quit.

MICHELLE: Now is not the time to give in.

Congregation: We’ve come too far

MICHELLE: We’ve paid too much

Congregation: We’ve cried too much

We’ve lost too much

Fought too hard

Dreamed too long

Died too young

We’ve sacrificed

We’ve prayed

YES! We’ve come too far, to give up now

MICHELLE: join Ceci Almonte as he leads us in the song

“GOD BLESS the U.S.A. “

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

(Music begins)

PAULA: (measure 2) Aren’t you proud to be a citizen of these United States of America?

It truly is an exceptional nation; a country that has been abundantly and richly blessed. It’s no wonder that many of us well up with emotion and pride when we see the American flag, our symbol of freedom, as it waves majestically in the wind.

It’s why some of us can’t help but stare when we see a soldier in uniform; they remind us of the sacrifice that continues to be made on our behalf, and the price it costs for preserving the freedom we all enjoy.

Yes,

We are,

We are proud to be called Americans!

But there’s a great host of us that are even more proud to be called Christians. For we believe that true freedom,

liberty,

justice

and prosperity come from a Sovereign God, who gave us principles by which to govern our lives and to govern our society.

It may seem a little strange to us today to combine a person’s Patriotism with Christianity, but not in the minds of our founding fathers.

George Washington, our first president, said:

George Washington (DOUG)

PAULA continues: The father of our country felt comfortable intertwining American Patriotism with Christianity.

Although many modern historians would like to re-write or alter America’s past,

There is overwhelming evidence that most of the founding fathers were believers in Jesus Christ.

Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence,

50 were regular church attenders and

29 of them had seminary degrees.

We need only to read the personal writings of these men to gain a clear understanding of the integral part the Bible played in our beginnings and the spiritual foundation upon which this great nation was built.

Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, said,

CHARLES CARROLL (_______________________________________________________________)

“I AM GRATEFUL TO Almighty God for the blessing through Jesus Christ our Lord,

He’s conferred upon my beloved country.”

Paula: Benjamin Rush, another signer, who is known as the “Father of American Medicine” said,

BENJAMIN RUSH____________________________________________________________________:

“The Gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life.”

Paula: Francis Hopkinson, another signer, was one of the first federal judges appointed by George Washington. He was a church music director and a church organist and wrote America’s first purely American hymnal.

John Witherspoon, President of Princeton University and signer of the Declaration of Independence, said,

JOHN WITHERSPOON__________________________________________________________________

“I entreat you in the most earnest manner

To believe in Jesus Christ,

For there is no salvation in any other.

If you’re not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ,

if you’re not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness,

you must forever perish.”

PAULA: These are the founders of this nation!

Patrick Henry, the man who cried,

PATRICK HENRY---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

Paula: He also said:

PATRICK HENRY: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly

or too often

that this great nation was founded,

not by religionists,

but by Christians;

not on religions,

but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Paula: These great patriots, and many more like them, were statesmen, men of character and integrity.

They possessed a great faith in God

And in adhering to Biblical principles for the betterment of all mankind.

They affixed their names to the Declaration of Independence,

Which is the foundational document of our government.

But our greatness is not because of our might or our intellect or our laws…

America is EXCEPTIONAL because we adopted certain principles from our beginning that GOD could bless.

Our 2nd President, John Adams, said,

JOHN ADAMS: _______________________________________________________________________

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence

were the general principles of Christianity.

PAULA: Our 7th President, Andrew Jackson, said,

ANDREW JACKSON___________________________________________________________________

“The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests.”

Paula: Did you know

that the first Bible printed in English,

in America,

was printed with United States congressional approval?

It happened in 1782.

In the records, it states that

the “HOLY SCRIPTURES [were printed] for the use in our schools.”

For 320 years, the Bible was part of public education. Abraham Lincoln said,

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: ________________________________________________________________ “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

PAULA: Somewhere along the way we left the God of our fathers.

Instead of following the biblical path of our founders, we trusted in our own wisdom, replacing the perfect, unchanging laws of god with laws of our own.

We, now as a nation, find ourselves morally bankrupt,

Financially ruined

And full of corruption.

I wonder if we realize how dangerously close we are to losing the America that we love.

Abraham Lincoln prophetically warned,

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: ________________________________________________________________

“America will never be destroyed from the outside.

If we falter and lose our freedoms,

It will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

PAULA: But there’s a remnant of believers across this nation, who still believe that God can rescue

And God can still save.

PROVERBS 13:34 says:

“… that righteousness exalts a nation

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Weekly Events

Sunday service starts at 930 a.m. and runs to 10:30 a.m. It focuses on the praise and worship of God through traditional and modern songs. A traditional worship experience providing a structured service with a wide range of musical styles; from choral anthems, gospel songs and other special music. It also includes corporate readings and traditional communal forms such as the Lord's Prayer spoken in unison.


Thursday 6:30pm
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8601 Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, FL
32825

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11am - 12pm
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