I can listen to a huge congregation sing and accompany them on our wonderful organ …

Ken Lovett

Ken Lovett has been director of music and organist of St. Martin’s since 1986. Here he describes a Christmas moment that particularly stands out for him in his ministry.

I have many favorite Christmas carols, but my absolute Christmas favorite experience involves a particular moment. The moment happens to occur during the singing of a carol, Adeste Fidelis – Oh, Come All Ye Faithful – when we sing it as the opening hymn of the last service on Christmas Eve.

I think most organists would agree with me that one of the greatest joys of our ministry is accompanying the congregation in singing hymns, especially when the church is full and everyone is singing a well-known hymn.

So on Christmas Eve about 11:03 p.m., with all the church beautifully decorated, with the music prepared and the choirs rehearsed, I can listen to a huge congregation sing and accompany them on our wonderful organ while we’re all singing together, “O Come all ye faith Oh, come ye to Bethlehem.”

And at the moment, I really enjoy Christmas.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

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

Other Days

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.

Location

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.


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