By now all parishioners should have received in the mail an invitation to contribute to the Bean Fund in support of Evensong and Lessons and Carols at St. John’s. We have received generous contributions from many of you and are grateful for your gifts and for your continuing support of these forms of outreach to the larger community. If you have not yet sent in your gift, it is not too late to contribute. Kindly send your checks to the parish office at 60 Kent St., St. Paul 55102, earmarked “Bean Fund.” Thank you for your generosity.
The Fund is named to honor the memory of Winifred Bean who was an Episcopalian philanthropist and lover of church music.
The Episcopal Church has a rich tradition of services of prayer that follow the rhythm of the day: morning prayer, noon day prayers, and evening prayer. The services have the same shape as medieval monastic worship did. At Saint John’s we follow this rhythm by using these services throughout the year to enhance our worship of God and to help us become better friends with God.
As its name makes clear, Evensong is a service in which music plays a central role. Its structure is one of the great Anglican contributions to corporate prayer: a rich combination of Scripture, prayer, and music that has proved an enduring framework for moving liturgy.
Please join us for upcoming special services this season:
A Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
December 16 at 4 pm
Lenten Evensong, March 10 at 4 pm
with The Peaceable Kingdom, by Randall Thompson
Evensong for Earth Day, April 21 at 4 pm
with Rejoice in the Lamb of Benjamin Britten
Evensong for Eastertide, May 5 at 4 pm
with the Te Deum of Franz Joseph Haydn, with orchestra
Jazz Mass during the Holy Eucharist
May 19 at 10 am