Evensong is a contemplative service of music and prayer, and is sung daily in many cathedrals and churches throughout the world. The Anglican service of evensong dates from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. The service is the result of the joining of two ancient services—vespers and compline—into one service by Thomas Cranmer, first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and author of the first prayer book. As the evening light fades, the calm aura of prayer and beautiful music helps quiet the soul. St. Martin’s Evensong includes a sermon by a different guest preacher each month, except in cases of special musical services. Evensong is one of the most popular services at St. Martin’s. All are welcome. Childcare is also available.
Eastertide Choral Evensong
The Rev. Mike Rau, rector of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Rockledge
Mike has been serving as Rector of Holy Nativity, Rockledge, since 2015. Previously, he served as Associate Rector at St. Mark’s in New Canaan, Connecticut and as Youth Minister at Church of the Messiah in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from North Penn High School, Temple University, and the General Theological Seminary. He also studied youth ministry at Eastern University. Prior to seminary and becoming ordained, he held a senior level management position at Montgomery County in the court system. He is a member of the Standing Committee in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as the vice-chair of the Diocesan Finance Committee and is the chair of the Fair Share Committee. Mike is married to Melissa and they have three children: Talie, Kay, and Peyton. Mike, in his free time, can be found trying a new recipe, since he has a profound love for food and cooking.
Featuring The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson
Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” is a setting of the last words of unarmed black men before they were shot or killed by the police.
Guest preacher: The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph, Canon for Transition for the Episcopal Diocese of PA
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 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, Oct.-June, 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.