Join us for a special All Saints edition of Game Night! You are invited to come dressed as your favorite saint. Costumes are encouraged but not required!
Bring your jack o’lanterns for a Pumpkin Glow on the front lawn after evening prayer!
Bring your favorite game and a dessert or side dish to share. We will provide the pizza and drinks. We will gather from 5-7:30pm on the first Sunday of most every month. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.
On October 6 at 10:30am in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we’ll give thanks for the animals in our care and pray to be faithful stewards of God’s creation. Bring your animals to church for a shortened service of Holy Eucharist. Following Communion, the animals will all process out to the front lawn for a blessing, and a reception with treats for people and animals.
A few words about logistics:
For reasons of safety: non-aggressive dogs are welcome on leashes. All other animals need to be in carriers, like you would use for travel on an airplane or train.
If your animal isn’t suited to coming to church: Come with a picture of your animal. We’ll send you home with a prayer card you can use to extend the church’s blessing.
Stuffed animals are also welcome! Children are welcome to bring their stuffed animals for a blessing.
Remembering pets we have lost: We will also say a prayer for pets we have loved and see no longer.
Missouri has been in the national news as “pro-life” advocates have pushed for new laws and policies that may make us the first state in the union with no clinic offering abortion services. While regarding all abortion as having a “tragic dimension,” since before Roe v. Wade The Episcopal Church has advocated for reproductive choice in local, state, and national policy. Join our rector and Dr. David Eisenberg of Missouri Planned Parenthood in a conversation about faith and reproductive justice.
Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today. Join us and bring friends.
Join the Holy Commotion team as we compete in this summer’s Episcopal Softball league. The games are scheduled in Tower Grove Park for the following Fridays in July (6-8 PM) in: July 12, 19 and 26. This is a single-elimination tournament, so only the winners will advance to successive games, although we hope all the teams will continue to attend to cheer each other on.
Each year we ask members of the parish to consider making a contribution to help support the cost of the additional brass musicians and flowers that help enrich our celebration of Easter. You can dedicate your offering in honor of a loved one. Please consider making your donation today. (All dedications must be received by Thursday April 18 at noon in order to be printed in the Easter bulletins).
Please try to arrive on time. Activities will leave shortly after 9am on Saturday.
Holy Communion will host parish outing at Pere Marquette State Park & Lodge in Grafton, IL on Saturday, April 27 from 9 AM – 5 PM. We’ve reserved a large room at the lodge for games, crafts, lunch and just “hanging out.” In addition, we’ll also have a number of outdoor activities, including: hiking; cycling; nature talks; frisbee; and volleyball. Our own Rev. Marc Smith, who grew up in Alton, IL, will lead a tour and share stories of the river and the town that once called St. Louis a suburb and was a primary stop on the “underground railway,” and the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Plan to bring your entire family for a day of fun and fellowship at one of the region’s most beautiful venues.
We are asking for a donation of $10/person or a maximum $30 per family to help offset costs.
Join us on November 9th as we support our partners at Bravely while the St. Louis Blues take on the San Jose Sharks!
Holy Communion has a limited number of tickets so make sure you signup fast before they’re gone. 100% of the proceeds from these tickets will go directly back to the work being done at Bravely.
Bravely has been working with the St. Louis Blues to make this game truly special. Back in August, the women of Bravely spent the day with Blues Director of Entertainment Jason Pippi, as well as several women leaders from the Blues organization. The Bravely women learned about topics ranging from business strategy and customer service to data analysis and the creative process. They also helped to design a collaborative shirt which will be featured at the on-the-ice fashion show during the game.
On April 29th, the choir of Holy Communion will have the distinct honor of presenting the Missa Popularis by Swedish composer Mårten Jansson during our 10:30am service. This will be first time this work has been performed in its entirety outside of Europe. Until then, only audiences in Poland (Poznan), the United Kingdom (London), Germany (Cologne and Pulheim), and Sweden (Brunnby and Skeda, outside of Uppsala) had been able to enjoy this delightful work.
The Missa Popularis was originally written for an all-girls choir and string quartet, and was premiered in Poland in 2015. Eventually lines for tenor and bass were added, complementing the women’s voices and adding a richer texture to the piece. As the name suggests,Missa Popularis is a Missa brevis inspired by different types of Swedish folk dances, music that the composer heard often while growing up. While the tunes are entirely original, the meter, or timing, of each movement is based on folk dances.
Listen to the “Gloria” from this beautiful Missa Popularis.
Composer Mårten Jansson (b. 1965), elected member of the Föreningen svenska tonsättare (the Society of Swedish Composers), graduated from the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music), Stockholm with a MFA degree in Music Education, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Voice. For more than ten years he was the music director and conductor of “Carmen,” one of the most prominent women’s vocal ensembles in Sweden. Working with this choir gave Jansson the impetus to write many of his early compositions for female choir. “The knowledge that what I wrote at night would be tested the next evening was a driving force that not so many other composers were lucky to have.”
Jansson currently teaches choral conducting as well as music theory and gives vocal instruction at the Bolandgymnasiet and Musikskolan in his home town of Uppsala. He has established himself as a composer of sacred choral works. Since 2014 many of his compositions have been published by Bärenreiter, and have been well-received within the international choral scene.