Contemplative Prayer

Looking for a little quiet? Want to ground your activism and justice work? Join us in contemplative prayer.

Holy Communion has a long history of engaging contemplative prayer and spirituality. Often during Lent and Advent, we have explored themes in Contemplative Prayer. (You can hear clergy presentations about the Modern Mystics in a playlist below).

This winter a group is forming at Holy Communion to build a community of spiritual practice. A weekly email will share a link to a video or audio reflection. The group will gather on Zoom for a time of silence and sharing.

Although there are many forms of contemplative prayer, Centering prayer will be the main practice taught and supported.  The group will gather via Zoom once each week on a day chosen by the group.  The meeting will last approximately one hour and will consist of a short prayer, followed by a period of centering prayer (10 minutes to start, moving eventually to 20 minutes).  This will be followed by either a more extended reading or video (5-10 minutes) on the nuts & bolts practice of centering prayer.  The remaining time will then be opened up for individual sharing.  The meeting will close with an opportunity to share prayer requests.

Past contemplative work:

Mondays with the Modern Mystics Lent 2020

The clergy of Holy Communion led a series on the question: how do we know God? Through prayer, conversation, study, and fellowship we spent time with voices from the past 100 years that have helped (re)define the Christian tradition.

Video of chant from our 2019 Lenten Contemplative series:

Post Election Prayers

Wednesday November 4: Join us in prayer

The Day after the election, we will have two opportunities to come together

  • 12:10pm In the middle of the day we we gather on the front lawn of the church for a brief service of prayer.
  • 5:30pm We will Gather at the Sons of Rest Pavilion in Tower Grove Park. We’ll have time for prayer, and to process together about the state of the election. 

Worship in a Pandemic

Our pandemic advisory committee continues to monitor the state of the virus. Until the numbers go down significantly in Missouri, we have postponed planning to worship together again in our building. In the meantime you are invited to worship with us online each Sunday at 10:30am. Our homepage puts out a high quality stream from a service called Vimeo. If you don’t have the strongest internet signal the video may skip. If you’re having issues, try streaming from our YouTube or Facebook pages. (On facebook a number of our parishioners comment live, and it’s fun to say “hi” to one another and pass the peace virtually).

Outdoor Worship

On the some Sundays and Feast days, in addition to our morning livestream, we have an outdoor Eucharist service at 4pm at Jackson Park elementary’s parking lot. Registration is required, and there are limited spaces. Click here for more and to register.

Here is an archive of past services:

Stations of the Cross

We invite you to walk the stations of the cross with us…

The Rector, Seminarian Meg Goldstein, Janice Nihill, and Ellis Anderson lead the Stations of the Cross based on a set by the African American artist Alan Rohan Crite on display at Holy Communion. The originals are on display at All Saints and Ascension Episcopal Church in Northwoods. We are grateful to their vestry for permission to use these stations.

You can hit play on the button below, and then walk through the church. Or, at home you might simply choose to scroll through the images below or even go out on a walk to pray.

Hit pause between the stations. Start again when you’re ready for the next step.

(“Were you there?” sung by the Holy Communion Choir, arranged by John Purifoy. Used by permission from OneLicense #A-704988)

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Die

The Second Station: Jesus takes up his Cross

The Third Station: The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

The Fourth Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

The Fifth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments

The Sixth Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross

The Seventh Station: Jesus dies on the cross

The Eighth Station: the body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother

The Ninth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb

Mondays with the Modern Mystics

This class has finished. We are anticipating another class in the Easter season. Check in with us soon, or take a listen to the sessions below.

On the Mondays of Lent you are invited to journey into the question: how do we know God? Through prayer, conversation, study, and fellowship we will spend time with voices from the past 100 years that have held (re)define the Christian tradition.

We will start with a simple service of Contemplative Evening Prayer at 6:00pm.

After a check in, a member of the clergy will present on a “Modern Mystic,” asking the question: “How does this person invite us to know God?”

The mystics:

  • 3/2 Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault: Introducing The Wisdom Way (Led by the Rector)
  • 3/9 Pauli Murray and Carter Heyward: Ahead of their time (Led by the Rector)
  • 3/16 Gustavo Gutierrez and Oscar Romero: God takes a side (Led by the Rector)
  • 3/23 Vida Dutton Scudder and Henri Nouwen: When Church and Society Fail (Led by the Rev. Marc Smith)
  • 3/30 Anne Lammott and Sara Miles: Voices for Change and Renewal (Led by the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti)

Week Four, Anne Lamott and Sara Miles with the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti

Click for the slides

Week Four, Henri Nouwen and Vida Dutton Scudder with the Rev. Marc Smith

Click here for the PDF of the slides.

Week Three, Gustavo Gutierrez and Oscar Romero:

Mondays with the Modern Mystics: Second Week

Week two, Carter Heyward and Pauli Murray:

Below you can listen to the presentation, and see the slideshow and videos.

Mondays with the Modern Mystics: Second Week

Week one, Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault:

Below you can listen to the presentation, and see the slideshow and videos.

Mondays with the Modern Mystics: First Week

Ash Wednesday 2020

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, marks the beginning of the great season of fasting, repentance, and examination. The forty days before Easter are marked in the Liturgical Churches as a time for simplifying our lives, for returning to God in prayer, for asking for forgiveness.

7:00am will be a simple spoken service in the chapel

12 noon will be a simple service with hymns

7:00pm will be a service with the full choir

We hope you will join us for one of our three services as we mark the start of a holy Lent.

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, we receive Ashes on our forehead in the sign of the cross and hear the words “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We remember our mortality.

Month of Guided Prayer

A Retreat in Everyday Life

Feb. 6 – Mar. 6

The next step on your spiritual journey

Click here to Register

Co-hosted by

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion & Trinity Episcopal Church


  • A retreat in everyday life – pray on your own at least 20 minutes each day and meet privately with a prayer guide for one hour, once per week for four consecutive weeks.
  • A retreat personalized to what you are hoping for – your prayer guide will offer suggestions accordingly.  Many retreatants explore new ways of praying, and for some, it is a first experience of spiritual direction.
  • An opportunity to become more aware of God’s presence in your life, and if you wish, an introduction to Ignatian Spirituality.
  • Couples in committed relationships have the option of meeting as a couple with a prayer guide, rather than separately.
  • Prayer guides are not allowed to companion someone they know.
  • This is an ecumenical ministry, so any adult is welcome regardless of church affiliation or denomination.


Specifics of the Retreat

  • The retreat begins on Saturday, February 6 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. At this gathering, there is prayer as a group and each participant meets his/her prayer guide (lasts about 90 minutes).
  • Confidential, one-on-one meetings between retreatants and prayer guides occur at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion on Tuesdays (the same time each week for each participant) selected from the following when registering:
    • Morning – between 8:45 & 12:00
    • Afternoon – between 1:30 & 4:45
    • Evening – between 6:30 & 9:00
  • If you cannot meet in person one or more of the sessions, it is possible to meet via phone or Skype (which need not be on Tuesdays).
  • Closing of the retreat is celebrated as a group on Sunday, March 6 at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church (lasts about 90 minutes).
  • You may still participate in the retreat if not able to attend the gatherings on February 6 and/or March 6.

Download the Brochure

Month of Guided Prayer Website

Praise from Retreatants

“My prayer guide was excellent, understood my concerns and goals, and offered many suggestions for types of prayers and activities. My guide listened! I think we were an excellent match, and since there was no information about each other given during registration, I believe it was God’s will.  Thank you, God!”

“I was feeling that my prayer life was in a rut. Now my spiritual/prayer life have started a new, fresh chapter I hope will unfold for years to come.”

“This retreat is so practical – integrating my spiritual life and my work life with simple prayer techniques I can use on a daily basis.”

“For the first time in my life, I am beginning to truly believe that Jesus desires to be my friend.”

“I now recognize ways I was already praying, but did not appreciate.”

“This retreat improved my prayer life more than anything else I have ever done.”