On Sunday, May 1 at 4 pm, St. John’s will offer choral Evensong with works of Arthur Honegger (King David), Bryan Kelly (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis) and John Graham (Preces and Responses). Organists Sharon Kleckner and Jennifer Anderson will accompany our Adult and Youth Choirs. King David is a cantata about the life of King David in Biblical times. Narrations, solos and inspiring instrumental music are included. A festive reception follows.
The Episcopal Church, a part of the world-wide Anglican communion, has a rich tradition of prayer services that follow a daily rhythm including morning prayer, noon-day prayer, and evening prayer. These services follow the medieval monastic tradition. Evensong 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.