Feast of the Holy Communion June 3

Our church’s name comes from our practice, week in and week out, of celebrating Christ’s presence with us in Eucharist. In the Episcopal Church we speak about Jesus being “really present” in the sacrament. We also recall that coming to Christ’s table is meant to feed us for the journey, to sustain us in Christ’s ongoing work.

This year, on June 3, during the 10:30am service we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Communion (what our Catholic siblings call the Feast of “Corpus Christi.”) We’ll begin our service on Vanderbilt Ave, and process around Mooney Park with bagpipes. We’ll give thanks for our life together as a congregation, for our mission, vision and goals, and we’ll celebrate Eucharist.

After the service, we’ll head back to Mooney Park to continue the celebration, with a picnic lunch in the park and games for all ages. Join us as we celebrate our life together.

A video about the Episcopal Church’s understanding of Eucharist, featuring our presiding bishop:

New Diversity Altar Frontal

Over the past few years Holy Communion has commissioned several new altar “frontals,” seasonal coverings with specific colors for specific celebrations. This summer, in collaboration with Jeff Wunrow, a local Episcopalian liturgical artist, we are inviting you to help us create a new piece of art. Folks from Holy Communion are invited to donate a piece of fabric, at least 8 inches by 8 inches in diameter, that will be incorporated in a new “green” frontal.

Representing our Diversity

We are specifically encouraging members of the congregation to bring in pieces of fabric and weaving that represent our diverse cultures and heritages. We will turn all of the gathered fabric and weaving to Jeff on July 22, and we hope to bless the new frontal as part of our “homecoming” celebration in mid September.

Bring in your fabric swatch today!

This is our newest altar frontal:

Our new #Pentecost altar frontal.

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Holy Communion at Pride June 24

Interfaith Worship at Pridefest at 10:00am

On Sunday June 24, the rector has declared that our principal service will be downtown. Holy Communion is joining with other congregations of many faiths in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. We will gather at the main stage  of the Pride Festival at 10am. You can enter the mainstage area near the corner of of Pine and Tucker. Our clergy and choir will be participating alongside religious leaders and musicians from across the region. Join us for this celebration. (We will still hold two simple services at Holy Communion that Sunday at 8am and 10:30am for those who for cannot attend the service downtown, but our principal worship will be at Pride).

Click here for a map of Pride Fest. The mainstage is at the corner of Pine and Tucker.

Come early and help usher!

We are looking for a few Holy Communion-ites who can come to the Mainstage at 9:15am on Sunday to help point folks in the right direction. We’d love it if you had a Holy Communion t-shirt on. Email the rector if you can help usher!
 

All Hands on Deck for Parade Prep!

We will meet at the church Saturday, June 23, from 5-7 p.m. to eat pizza, blow up balloons, make posters and sort our “throwables.” This will be lots of fun and give us a chance to talk through logistics for the parade and service.

Join the interfaith choir

Holy Communion and Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St Louis (MCCGSL) are organizing a choir to lead the music worship at the Interfaith Service at this year’s PRIDE Festival on June 24th. This will be a great way to get to know our fellow musicians in St. Louis, and also to embody the belief of interfaith worship. You can still join in! The last Rehearsal will be held Thursday June 21 at 7pm at Metropolitan Community Church in Soulard. You don’t need to be a current member of the choir to participate.

After worship, join in the parade.

We’ll make our way together after worship to the Episcopal Church’s spot in the parade lineup, and we’ll march through the streets to celebrate and bless our LGBTQ+ community. We will gather for the parade at 11am in Kiener Plaza. Look for the Episcopal Church banners and Holy Communion t-shirts!

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Email the rector with any questions.

Wear Orange June 2nd and 3rd

This year once again,  the St. Louis Chapter of Moms Demand Action will be presenting its Wear Orange event.

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.  Now, every year between June 1-3,  Moms Demand Action chapters throughout the country present Wear Orange events in honor of Hadiya and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
The St. Louis event hosted by Mom’s Demand Action is on Saturday June 2 from 3-5 PM at Stupp Center at Tower Grove Park. This is a family friendly event.  Presentations by Story Stitchers, food and games for all ages, a silent auction and a presentation honoring victims of gun violence are all part of the day’s program.

On Sunday June 3, wear orange to church.

Even as we celebrate the life of our congregation, we remember those whose lives are cut short every day by gun violence. Wear orange with us. Remember them in prayer, and act with us. Learn more about our work by clicking here.

Our Organ

Did you know Holy Communion has a pipe organ? While the pipes are not visible from the pews, Holy Communion is the home of the 1924 Möller pipe organ, Opus 4022. This organ incorporates pipes from an even more historic 1893 Farrand and Votey organ. The organ consists of three manuals, 4 divisions, and 71 registers.

The State of our Organ

As part of our Discernment Campaign, the vestry is looking at our assets, resources, and systems. The organ is one of our most historic assets, and a system that is in need of some significant care. In the video

Discernment Campaign

The Vestry has initiated a Discernment Process, looking to set five year goals around our congregation’s valuesWelcome, Diversity, and Community. Leaders, community members, and the Vestry will gathering in small groups to talk about what is going well, the challenges we face, and the opportunities we see in the years ahead. We’ll be talking about these blessings, challenges, and opportunities both in terms of program and in terms of building/physical space.

Our Rector introduces the work ahead:

What is Discernment?

Discernment is a Christian practice around making decisions, a practice that asks us to slow down and pay attention. In discernment we listen, to our own needs and desires, to the will and wisdom of the gathered community, and we listen for the voice of God. As we seek to set our goals, and to address our challenges, we are casting the net wide. What are your hopes for Holy Communion in the next five years? We hope you will join us in this time of discernment.

Mission and Vision Prayer 

Gracious God, we give you thanks for the legacy of mission and ministry at Holy Communion. May we heed your call in our own time. Give us the courage to Welcome all, inviting and including newcomers. Unite us and teach us to celebrate the rich Diversity of the human family. Lead us beyond our walls to better serve the wider Community. We offer this prayer in the name of your Son, who shared your vision and mission for the world. Amen.

Group/Ministry-Specific Meetings

Choir: May 3 at 7:00pm

Justice & Outreach: May 6 at 12:00pm

Newcomers/Visitors: May 14 at 5:30pm

Guild: May 16 at 11:00am

Contemplatives: May 17 at 6:00 pm

Breakfast Cooks: May 17 at 6:00pm

Outside Groups: May 18 at 6:30pm

Adult Education: May 20 at 11:45am

Youth: May 20 at 5:30pm

Other Groups will be added as dates are confirmed

General Meetings (All are invited)

General Meeting May 14 at 6:30p

General Meeting during the Adult Forum Sunday May 27 at 9:15am

Online Video Conference Meeting TBA

Islamic Center Open House

Join us Sunday April 29 after church for a visit with our Islamic neighbors!

Northwest Islamic Center of St. Louis, MO is hosting an Open House event for anyone interested in building interfaith relationships. Members of the community are invited for a tour of the mosque and a brief presentation giving an overview of Islam. There will also be a display of Islamic art and clothing from all over the Muslim world. Samples of foods from different Muslim countries will be provided. If you would like to attend there will be a carpool leaving from Holy Communion after the 10:30 service on April 29. The center is located at 10543 Lackland Rd.

It is important to think about what you will wear to the mosque. Out of respect for a different faith and culture, modest dress is requested.

This is a short guide on “modest dress” from the North American Imams Federation: “Visitors to the mosque are requested to dress modestly, which means men can wear sleeved shirts and pants/jeans that cover your knees at least. Women are requested to wear long bottoms. A head scarf is preferred, but not mandatory. Choose something conservative. Be comfortable.” Read more about visiting a mosque here.

Beth Scriven

The Rev. Beth Scriven serves with our diocesan campus ministry, Rockwell House, located just a block from WashU. She is in her third year as the priest at Rockwell House, having moved to St. Louis in August of 2015 (just days ahead of the incoming class!). She previously served for seven years as the Associate Rector at St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, MI, where her favorite tasks were running the youth ministry program, directing musicals and pilgrimages, and keeping University of Michigan football
fans humble. (An Ohio native, Beth was fortunate to be there during a stretch when it was much more fun to be a Buckeye than a Wolverine.)

She received her M.Div. at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and her B.A. at Smith College in Massachusetts. Between degrees, Beth was lucky enough to spend a year as intern at Rockwell House, an experience that shaped the best of who she is as a priest now. Her great joys in life include cooking for others, watching old episodes of The West Wing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, spending time with her family, and laughing at anything and everything.

Read more about Rockwell House on their site: http://www.rockwellhouse.org/about

 

ACT NOW: Gun Legislation in Missouri

The Missouri House is considering House Bill 1936, a radical expansion of conceal carry permission into private businesses and churches, colleges, private schools and day care centers. We encourage all people of faith to contact Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson to voice their opposition to this proposed change in law, and to encourage a more sensible conversation around gun safety.

The Speaker can be reached at (573) 751-4039 or todd.richardson@house.mo.gov

 

Our clergy, along with our bishop and leaders of faith from across Missouri have agreed to the following principles:

 

As religious leaders in Missouri:

1) We are troubled by the epidemic of gun violence affecting our community. We mourn with those who are affected by recent heavily publicized shootings, and we witness that gun violence disproportionately affects many of our most vulnerable communities, including communities of color.

2) We wish to acknowledge that many faithful people of good will are gun owners, including several of the bishops and faith leaders standing together to make this statement. There is a role for responsible gun ownership in our society.

3) We oppose the current proposal before the Missouri House to amend our conceal carry law. Our pastors, rabbis, and leaders should not have to place signage in our sacred spaces to prevent weapons from entering. We stand together and object to this proposal. Such a change would be a violation of our First Amendment rights. Additionally the proposal could threaten the public safety of our religious school campuses and day care centers as “conceal carry zones” are extended into these places. We urge the leadership of the Missouri Legislature not to enact this proposal.

4) We urge the Missouri House to consider new legislative priorities such as banning “bump stocks,” limiting high capacity magazines, better access and resources for mental health care, and strengthening background checks.

5) We hope and pray that the political leaders of our State will overcome partisan divisions for the sake of safety. As leaders of differing faith traditions, we are united in the belief that life is a gift from God. We lament the polarization of the “gun issue.” In our public work to end violence, we must work together.

Watch the United Faith Leaders’ News Conference