The Anglican service of evensong dates from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. The service is the result of the joining of two of the ancient Sarum services—Vespers and Compline—into one service by Thomas Cranmer, first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and author of the first Prayer Book. As the beauty of the experience of evensong has continued for centuries, it has fostered the creation of an immense body of music written solely for this service. Choral Evensong is sung daily in many cathedrals, collegiate chapels and parish churches throughout the Anglican Communion. Worshipping at evensong has been described as “joining a conversation already in progress.” Consider the possibility that at any given moment, somewhere on the earth, someone, in some language, is offering up a voice of sung prayer as this miraculous conversation continues between the Creator and the created.
All are welcome. Childcare is also available.
4:30 p.m. - A special music prelude, featuring Krys Cooper and Alyson Harvey singing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
The music of the service will be Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary by Henry Purcell.
Preacher: The Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, Associate Pastor, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight serves as the Associate Pastor for outreach ministry, congregational care, and worship coordination at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. She received her BA from Austin College in Sherman, TX, and her MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. In addition to Swarthmore, Sarah has served congregations in Shreveport, Louisiana and in Philadelphia.
Sarah is partner to Bill Searight (also an ordained Presbyterian minister), mom to two little girls, Maggie (6) and Ella (3), and lap contributor to two not-so-little cats, Moshe and Rivkah. She has known the great ministry and love of this congregation at St. Martin’s for many years in her honored capacity as aunt to Katherine, Daniel, and Betsy Cooper.
No April Evensong Due to Easter Sunday
Preacher: The Rev. David Morris, Interim Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Germantown
Preacher: The Very Rev. Emily Richards, Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Glenside
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.
Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, in the Church.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.