Weather Closure Thursday Feb 28

Holy Communion will be closed for inclement weather on Thursday February 28, 2019.

At Holy Communion, we follow University City Schools for weather closures. When the schools close, so do we.

This closure affects all daytime activities, including the clergy and lay leader organizing lunch planned for today.

Please be safe out there, and keep those who struggle to find shelter in your prayers.

Ash Wednesday 2019

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. 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. The word “humility” comes from the Latin “humus” dust. We remember that we are of the earth, and return to the earth. We look for perspective.

This year Holy Communion will hold three services for Ash Wednesday:

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 as we begin our Lenten Journey.

Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Supper and Palm Ashes

Join us on March 5 from 5:30pm-7:30p for our annual Pancake Supper. The night before Ash Wednesday is traditionally a big time for celebration. Known in the Episcopal Church as “Shrove Tuesday” the day is also called “Fat Tuesday,” “Carneval” in Spanish, or “Mardi Gras” in French. Traditionally the day is a day to eat your last round of sweets and fats before the great season of fast, Lent, which starts the next day: Ash Wednesday. What better way to get sweets and fats than pancakes!

This year the suggested donation for pancakes is $5 for an individual $10 for a family. All donations will go to support youth and young adult scholarships for church programming.

This year our youth group will be grilling pancakes, and we’ll have a Mardi Gras themed dinner. Bring your masks, beads, and wear your favorite Mardi Gras attire. We’ll also have a Mardi Gras trivia contest with fabulous prizes.

After dinner, we’ll participate in another great tradition: preparing the Ashes for the next day’s Ash Wednesday services. We’ll build a fire out on the front patio. The ashes for Ash Wednesday come from palms from the previous Palm Sunday. If you saved any palm branches and palm crosses, bring them along. (If you didn’t, don’t worry, we saved plenty at the church.) We’ll say a few prayers and enjoy the bonfire, weather permitting.

Click here for information about Ash Wednesday.

Photos from 2018’s Pancakes and Palm Ashes gathering:

The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders

The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders preached and presented at the Adult Forum Sunday Feb 17.

The Rev. Ben Sanders, Ph.D., assistant professor of theological ethics at Eden Seminary, will preach at both services. At the adult forum, he discussed the development of black theology and its impact on the broader church. In addition, explored the radical work of Dr. James Cone and his influence on both religious faith and public discourse.

You can also hear The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders’s sermon here: