Saturday, April 22 was not only Earth Day, but Marlborough Clean Sweep, and Saint Stephen parishioners picked up a variety of trash in and around the church property along Route 85. Styrofoam, plastic debris, cigarette butts and more was collected by Doug Kellogg, Melanie Whapham, Don Harbert, Peg Harbert, and Barbara Parente (not in photo).
Music is a joyful and integral part of worship at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, and Easter melodies will range from familiar tunes to potentially new favorites.
Join us Easter Sunday a few minutes before 10 am to hear the preludes, one of which will be a dramatic arrangement by Hal Hopson for handbells of the Easter hymn: "Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise" based on the tune Llanfair.
The vocal choir will offer three anthems, a prelude and two others. Music Director Stan Hanson noted that “In the Fair Morning,” by Frederick Framm, “expresses the hope that sunrise brings on Easter Day.” The other two, Handel’s “Hallelujah, Amen” and “Easter Alleluia” express the joy of the resurrection.
Hanson’s organ postludes will include Te Deum Laudamus by Aloys Claussmann and Toccata by David H. Hegarty.
A festive pot luck brunch will follow the service at 11:15 am. Parishioners are invited to bring any typical breakfast or brunch dish to share. Everyone is welcome to stay for coffee and food.