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Mantoux Program

October 22, 2019
Fort Worth
Christophe Mantoux,organ

Louis Marchand (1669-1732) :
Dialogue du 5e ton (Dialogue in C major)

A.P.F. Boëly (1785 – 1858) :

Day School Director

St. Stephen Presbyterian Church Day School Director, Fort Worth, Texas 

Date Posted: 9/10/2019 

Categories: Non-ministry Jobs-Other 

Denomination: Presbyterian Church USA 

Church Size: 250-500 

Day School:

Implicit Grace

“Implicit Grace”
By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch
September 8, 2019
Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14: 25-33
The Letter to Philemon has been a highly

Welcome Mitchell Crawford, our new Organist!

St. Stephen Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that, after a year-long search, we have hired Mitchell Crawford to be our new Organist and Director of Music Ministries. Mitchell is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and  earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting as a student of Dr. André J. Thomas at Florida State University. His  biography is below. Mitchell will have full responsibility for the music program of St. Stephen, as organist, director of our various choirs, and head of the St. Stephen Special Series. St. Stephen has a long tradition of sacred music excellence and liturgical worship. He succeeds Peter Mark Scott, who led the St. Stephen music program for nearly forty years. Mitchell’s skill, training, and enthusiasm will not only build on the legacy of Mr. Scott but will direct St. Stephen into new musical and liturgical frontiers. We’re excited and pleased to welcome him to the St. Stephen family!


A native of southwest Virginia, Mitchell Crawford received his earliest musical instruction as a member of the Montgomery County Boychoir. Formative study with pianist Mary Louise Hallauer of Virginia Tech and organist Richard Cummins of Greene Memorial Church, Roanoke, cemented his desire to pursue a career in music. His undergraduate studies were with Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he was admitted with Presidential Distinction and obtained the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance. During his time in New York, he served The City Church as Organist before accepting a similar position at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Following Fifth Avenue’s bicentennial in 2008, he was asked to serve the church as Interim Director of Music Ministries, a position he would ultimately occupy for more than three years.

Mitchell next earned the Master of Music in Choral Conducting as a student of the renowned Dr. André J. Thomas at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship. He was for two years a member of the University’s Early Music Ensemble and Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ, performing with them as soloist during the 2013 Early Music America Young Performers Festival in Boston. Also while at Florida State, he served Tallahassee’s First Baptist Church as Organist, and was on the board of the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

He has since 2014 been Organist and Associate Director of Music for The Woodlands United Methodist Church, an 11,000-member congregation located in suburban Houston, Texas, which offers eight live worship services each week in three unique worship styles. In addition to his responsibilities as principal keyboardist for the church, he leads the choir of senior adults and directs the children’s choirs, and serves on the faculty of the church’s Academy of Fine Arts. During his time in The Woodlands, he has been active throughout the area as an accompanist, and maintains a private piano studio.

As a recitalist, Mitchell has been fortunate to present concerts in many venues along the east coast, including Harvard and Princeton Universities, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, and numerous churches. Though his education has primarily been in performance, he is fascinated by the history of music, and has pursued advanced studies in musicology and music theory. He has an affinity for arranging and transcribing, and has made a number of transcriptions for organ of orchestral repertoire. He has a great fondness for nature, looks forward to football season, and never misses a meal. He is immensely proud of his dog, Dale, and cat, Scout – his native-Texans-in-residence – and enjoys adventuring with them as often as possible.

Top 10 Reasons You Might Like It Here

10. You’re put off by hierarchy and energized by community.

9. You’re tired of simple answers to difficult questions.

8. You’re looking for community where not everyone looks the same, talks alike, or believes the exact same things.

7. You’re at a point in your life where you’re interested in going to church whether or not it would thrill your parents.

6. You’ve had a difficult week.

5. You want to be in a place that honors all kinds of relationships and families.

4. You’ve got some questions and you’d like to ask them out loud and have someone actually listen.

3. You want to be a part of a church that embraces both timeless tradition and forward thinking.

2. You want to be a part of a church that is committed to making a difference in Fort Worth…and beyond.

  1. You are hungry to meet God. 

Holy Week 2016

March 20 – Palm/Passion Sunday:  Experience the emotion of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem that begins on the lawn with a procession of palms, donkey, clergy, choir and worshippers– continues with stirring music, liturgy and powerful preaching, and ends in quiet contemplation of the events ahead in the Passion.  
March 24 – Maundy Thursday:  Our observance continues at noon with a service in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity.  At 5:30 pm, a Maundy Thursday service that focuses on children’s experience and understanding of the meaning of the Last Supper will be offered in the Main Sanctuary.  At 6:00 p.m., a dinner will be offered in the Parish Hall.  All are invited.  The Maundy Thursday service will commence at 7:00 pm in the Main Sanctuary.  This commemoration of the Last Supper includes full choir and Communion, and ends with the evocative Stripping of the Chancel as we prepare for Good Friday.
March 25 – Good Friday:  At 12:15 p.m., our remembrance of the Passion of our Lord is observed with organ and choir as well as a choral reading of the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion.  A light lunch is offered to all in the Parish Hall after the service.
March 25 – Paschal Vigil:  Beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday and ending at Midnight Saturday, the church will be open every three hours for worship, prayer, and meditation.  A Paschal Feast will be offered at Midnight.
March 26 – Easter Day:  The Youth of the Church will lead a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m.  Festal Easter Services will be offered at 8:30  and 11:00 a.m., and include sermons from Dr. Ritsch on the meaning of the Resurrection of our Lord for our times as well as communion.  The 11:00 a.m. service will include choir, brass ensemble and– immediately following–  the release of the butterflies on the lawn. 

Why are the Processional Crosses Draped?

Worshipers will notice that the draped crosses carried in our Processional and Recessional by our Acolytes and placed in the Chancel during worship are a symbolic depiction of the Easter season. They are currently draped in purple, the color of the Lenten Season. This cloth will remain on the Cross from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday to remind us of the Season of preparing for Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. On Good Friday through Saturday (Day of Silence) they will be draped in black. Easter Sunday though Ascension Day, the white cloth will remain on the crosses The crosses will then be rendered barren until the next Lenten Season.

Lent, Passion, and Easter are the only times the cross is draped in the liturgical year. This is to remind us of emotionally charged redemptive purpose of the suffering (purple), crucifixion and death (black), and resurrection (white) of Jesus, which these liturgical seasons commemorate. The rest of the year the cross is empty to assure us that Jesus is risen.

Strategic Plan News

At its last meeting, St. Stephen’s session selected and approved the implementation of two of the objectives of our strategic