On Sunday June 30, 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).
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 29, 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 30th. 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 still join in! You don’t need to be a current member of the choir to participate. Email Mary Chapman to sign up for the choir.
After worship, join in the parade.
This year, following the service, we’ll have a lunch at Christ Church Cathedral (in a nice indoor, kid friendly, airconditioned room) As the parade steps off, we’ll make our way together along the parade route after lunch to the Episcopal Church’s spot toward the back of the parade lineup. Then and march through the streets to celebrate and bless our LGBTQ+ community. Look for the Episcopal Church banners and Holy Communion t-shirts!
Over three Sundays in March our rector will ask the question: What do we mean when we say the word “God?”
We live in a day when the question charged. There are many diverse responses, many visions of God. There are churches who would claim to have a monopoly on the definition (Holy Communion isn’t one of them). How can we view God in a way that is more generous?
We also live in a day when atheists have become evangelical. God is talked about as a myth, or even a “delusion.” It is not safe to assume we know what someone means when she says she believes in God, or doesn’t.
Over three weeks in Lent, we’ll hear three central stories in our faith. Our rector will preach about how these three stories can serve as resources for Christians today, these three stories help us to respond to the question more fully.
March 17: The God of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar
In the first story, we encounter Abraham, and we talk about the very foundations of faith in one God, what is often called monotheism. Christians, Jews, and Muslims all trace our roots to Abraham and to the matriarchs of our faith Sarah and Hagar. How was belief in one God a radical concept in the ancient world? How can faith in a God who is one transform our lives today? How can sharing God with Jews and Muslims inspire us to work for justice and peace?
March 24: The God of Moses and the Midwives
In the second foundational story of faith, we encounter Moses. Moses asks God “what is your name?” God’s answer comes not just in word, but in action. God moves to set people free. Moses is only able to ask the question because of the faithful resistance of the Hebrew midwives who saved his life out of faith. God continues to act in Moses’ story as the God who liberates.
March 31: The God of Jesus, Mother and Father
Finally we come to Jesus, and the story of the Prodigal son. This parable, maybe more beautifully than any other, serves as one of Jesus’ central teachings about God. What does it mean to talk about God as a loving parent? What does it mean to preach that God is one, liberating, and loving?
After a months long search, the rector and vestry are pleased to announce that we have appointed the next organist for Holy Communion. Jae Park, who joined us as Organ Scholar in January has accepted the invitation to move into this role.
Jae is finishing his Master’s degree in Church Music at Webster University this Spring. He is a student of Pat Partridge, the Cathedral Organist. Jae’s senior recital will be held on Wednesday March 27 at 7pm at Christ Church Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
We are so glad Jae has agreed to step into this role. He has already adapted so well to the diverse music style of Holy Communion and our choir. Jae will be away on an already planned vacation until Sunday March 24. Please join us in welcoming him when he returns from the short break!
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.
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.