Services at St Stephen’s

St Stephen’s High Altar, Advent 2020

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases locally, and the national lockdown, with immediate effect, all of our services will be online only, with no congregation in church. We know this will disappoint some of you who were hoping to join us in church, but we hope you will understand. Please stay safe.

St Stephen’s has been at the centre of its community for over 900 years, and remains so today. Our mission is to equip God’s people through thoughtful worship, warm fellowship, and enriching teaching. We are a church with a thriving robed choir of an excellent standard. If you are 9 months or 90 years old, or anywhere in between, we look forward to welcoming you!

Some of our regular services are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, indicated below by a strikethrough.

Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion (said)
10.30am Sung Eucharist *
4.00pm All4One (First Sunday of the month, except for January and August)
6.00pm Choral Evensong *
Wednesday 10.15am Holy Communion (said)
Thursday 9.30am Morning Prayer

* Live-streamed for those who are unable to attend church in person but still wish to share in our worship. For specific links for each service, please see the service details below.

Service details

(Common Worship Year B)

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Rector
Setting: The Canterbury Service – Barker
Malachi 3: 1–5
Hebrews 2: 14–end
Luke 2: 22–40
Communion motet: When to the temple Mary went – Eccard
Hymns 33 (omit vv. 2, 3, & 6), 157
Nunc Dimittis – Walmisley in D minor

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG
Responses: Plainsong
Psalms 122 & 132
Haggai 2: 1–9
John 2: 18–22
Canticles: Stanford in B-flat
Anthem: O thou the central orb – Wood
Hymns 156 (t. 149ii)

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
Sunday 24th January 2021

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Rector
Setting: The Canterbury Service – Barker
Genesis 14: 17–20
Revelation 19: 6–10
John 2: 1–11
Communion motet: Lead me, Lord – S. S. Wesley
Hymn: 57 ‘The race that long in darkness pined
Organ voluntary: Prelude on ‘Dundee’ – Sumsion

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG for the Eve of the Conversion of St Paul
Responses: Plainsong
Psalm 149 
Isaiah 49: 1–13
Acts 22: 3–16
Canticles: Ireland in F
Hymn 154i

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant: The Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Rector
Setting: The Canterbury Service – Barker *
1 Samuel 3: 1–20
Revelation 5: 1–10
John 1: 43–end
Preacher: Dr Peter Toon, Lay Reader
Communion motet: The Lamb – Tavener *
Hymn 485 ‘Thy hand, O God, has guided’ *

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG
Responses: Plainsong
Psalm 96
Isaiah 60: 9–22
Hebrews 6:17 – 7:10
Canticles: Gloucester Service – Shephard *
Hymn

* Pre-recorded by our choir

7.00pm THE INSTITUTION AND INDUCTION OF REVEREND KEVIN MADDY AS RECTOR
Preacher: The Bishop of Dover
Hymns 137, 138, 486

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant: Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Priest in Charge
Setting: The Canterbury Service – Barker
Genesis 1: 1–5
Acts 19: 1–7
Mark 1: 4–11
Preacher: Sally Waters, Lay Reader
Communion motet: Listen, sweet dove – Ives
Hymns 352, 58, 56 (omit *)

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG
Sung by the Sopranos and Altos of our choir
Responses: Wilby
Psalm 46
Isaiah 42: 1–9
Ephesians 2: 1–10
Canticles: Bairstow in E-flat
Anthem: Litany to the Holy Spirit – Hurford
Hymns: 137, 342, 339

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Priest in Charge
Setting: The Canterbury Service – Barker
Isaiah 60: 1–6
Ephesians 3: 1–12
Matthew 2: 1–12
Communion motet: Three kings in great glory – Shaw
Hymns 47, 49ii, 52

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG
Responses: Ayleward
Psalm 98
Isaiah 60: 1–9
John 2: 1–11
Canticles: Brewer in D
Anthem: In the bleak mid-winter – Darke
Hymns: 46, 48, 51

10.30am Morning Worship
Opening hymn: Of the Father’s heart begotten
OT Reading: Exodus 33: 7–11a
NT Reading: 1 John 1
Sermon: The Bishop of Dover
Intercessions
Closing hymn: O little town of Bethlehem

10.30am FESTIVAL SUNG EUCHARIST (online)
Celebrant & Preacher: Venerable Jo Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury
Setting: Johannesberg Service – Bertalot
OT Reading: Isaiah 52: 7–10
NT Reading: Hebrews 1: 1–12
Gospel: John 1: 1–14
Anthem: Today our God, of his great mercie – 15th century carol. arr. Barker
Hymns 30 (omit vs. 4), 21, 22, 26

2.00pm CRIB SERVICE (online)

11.30pm MIDNIGHT MASS (online)
Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Max Kramer, Precentor, Canterbury Cathedral
Setting: Johannesberg Service – Bertalot
OT Reading: Isaiah 9: 2–7
NT Reading: Titus 2: 11–14
Gospel: Luke 2: 1–20
Anthem: Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – trad. arr. Wilberg
Hymns 29, 32, 26

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant: Venerable Jo Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury
Setting: St Anne’s Mass – MacMillan
OT Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1–11, 16
NT Reading: Romans 16: 25–end
Gospel: Luke 1: 26–38
Preacher: Dr Peter Toon, Lay-Reader at St Stephen’s
Anthem: Gabriel’s Message – trad. Basque carol arr. Pettman
Hymns: 11, 6, 295, 10
Organ voluntary – Advent Reflections – Bonnington

6.00pm A SERVICE OF READINGS AND CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS
Please note that this service is only available online.
Hodie, Christus natus est – Plainsong
Of the Father’s heart begotten
Ding! Dong! merrily on high – trad. arr. Wilberg
Adam lay Ybounden – Cooman
Gabriel’s Message – trad. Basque carol arr. Pettman
O little town of Bethlehem
In dulce jubilo – 14th century German melody, arr. Stainer
Today our God of his great mercie (A Kent Carol) – 15th century melody, arr. Barker
It came upon a midnight clear
The first nowell
Shout the glad tidings – Lindsley Thomas
O come all ye faithful
Hark, the herald angels sing
Organ voluntary – In dulce jubilo – J. S. Bach BWV 729

(There will be no 8.00am Communion Service or 6.00pm Choral Evensong today)

10.30am CHORAL MATTINS (pre-recorded online only)
Responses: Ayleward
Venite: Boyce (Anglican Chant)
Proper Canticle: Magnificat in B-flat – Stanford
OT Reading: Isaiah 61: 1–4, 8–end
Te Deum: Stanford in B-flat
NT Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16–24
Jubilate: Stanford in B-flat
Anthem: People look East – trad. Besançon carol
Preacher: The Bishop of Dover
Hymns: 3ii, 12, 5

8.00am HOLY COMMUNION (Said)

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant: Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Priest in Charge of St Stephen’s
Setting: St Anne’s Mass – MacMillan
OT Reading: Isaiah 40: 1–11
NT Reading: 2 Peter 3: 8–15a
Gospel: Mark 1: 1–8
Preacher: Sally Waters, Lay-Reader at St Stephen’s
Anthem: A tender shoot – Goldschmidt
Hymns: 5, 12, 282, 14

6.00pm CHORAL EVENSONG
Sung by the Tenors and Basses of our choir
Responses: Sarum
Psalm 40 – Tone VI
OT Reading: 1 Kings 22: 1–28
Magnificat: Plainsong Tone I-1
NT Reading: Romans 15: 4–13
Nunc Dimittis: Plainsong Tone VIII-1
Anthem: The Advent Prose – Plainsong
Hymns: 2, 7, 10
Voluntary: Rorate Caeli – Demessieux

10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev’d Kevin Maddy, Priest in Charge of St Stephen’s
Setting: St Anne’s Mass – MacMillan
OT Reading: Isaiah 64. 1–9
NT Reading: 1 Corinthians 1. 3–9
Gospel Reading: Mark 13. 24–end
Hymns: 3ii, 15, 9
Voluntary: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645) – J. S. Bach

6.00pm A SERVICE OF READINGS AND MUSIC FOR ADVENT
Introit: I look from afar – Palestrina
Psalm 13
Anthem: O thou the central orb – Wood
Anthem: The truth from above – arr. Vaughan Williams
Hymns: 11, 1, 5, 57, 9
Advent Dismissal – Barker