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.
Evensong for the Day of Pentecost
Our last Evensong before we depart, followed by a much-loved tailgating party in the parking lot.
The choirs are hard at work preparing for our second choral pilgrimage. We will be the choir-in-residence at Bristol Cathedral in August 2017, and sing an Evensong at Westminster Abbey. Since many of you will be unable to join us in England, we welcome you to the following Evensongs through the spring. Come to listen to and enjoy the music that will be sung at the Cathedral and the Abbey this August.
Eastertide Evensong and Silent Auction
Celebrate Christ’s resurrection with us. The Treble Choir joins the Chancel Choir adults for our Easter season festal Evensong. Following the Evensong, we’ll have a splendid silent auction to benefit the choir’s trip to sing at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey this summer. Don’t miss this one!
Auction & Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Jennifer Mattson, Priest-in-charge of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA
The Reverend Mattson was called by the vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster in December 2016. Prior to that, Jennifer served for nearly ten years at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, as an assistant and associate to the rector before concluding her ministry in anticipation of the birth of her fourth child. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with minors in Early Childhood Education and Music from Shippensburg University. She completed her theological studies at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, earning her Master of Divinity in 2005. She continued her education in pastoral care as a chaplain resident at Yale New Haven Hospital, completing two levels of clinical pastoral education. Jennifer lives in Lancaster with her husband Bradley and children Anna Gail, William, Thomas, and Elizabeth Grace and a very active English springer spaniel. Jennifer loves dancing, Zumba, enjoys singing, and plays the piano. She is passionate about roller derby, and recently retired after skating with the Lancaster Dutchland Rollers as “Sojourner Ruthless”.
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Choral meditations on the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Featuring the Evening Service by music director Erik Meyer.
Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Peggy Jean “PJ” Craig, Executive Director, Advocate Center for Culture and Education
The Rev. Peggy Jean “PJ” Craig is the Executive Director of the Advocate Center for Culture and Education at the Church of the Advocate. The mission of the Center is to transform the lives of youth of color in North Philadelphia by harnessing the power of arts, academics, and athletics. The Center empowers youth by partnering with local nonprofits to provide programming deeply rooted in social justice, rigorous study, and community empowerment. Before coming to the Center, PJ worked at the international relief and development agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). PJ served as a missionary and youth director in Laos, Alabama, and Atlanta. In Washington, she worked for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church doing advocacy and awareness around the continuing effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam. She is a PhD candidate in Community Development-Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden. PJ received her M.S. from Rutgers-Camden in Public Affairs, her M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and her B.A. from Fordham University in communications. She is ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
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Begin your Lenten observance with the beautiful sung prayers of this service. Featuring the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis of Parker Kitterman, director of music at Christ Church, Philadelphia.
Preacher: Rev. Kathryn Aikins, Pastor of Tabernacle United Church
Rev. Aikens completed a B.A. in Theology at Colorado Christian University and a Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Before moving to Philadelphia, Katie worked for several years as the co-pastor at Mercy Community Church in Atlanta, and then later as the Associate Pastor at Druid Hills United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Katie strives to be faithful to the call of Jesus Christ and advocates for the church to live out its call to be a sanctuary for all people, especially those most excluded in our society. Katie is passionate about working for an end to systems of death and dehumanization in our country, in particular mass incarceration. Katie has a love for music, especially gospel and hip hop, enjoys playing drums, dancing at opportune times, baking bread, and spending time in God’s creation.
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Epiphany Season Evensong
Preacher: Reverend Vernell Brown, Chaplain at Germantown Home
Reverend Brown’s Chaplaincy Career has spanned 21 years. Eighteen of those years were spent serving seniors in long term care settings. Fourteen of those years Reverend Brown has served as Director of Pastoral care for NewCourtland Senior Services.
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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.
Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to 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.