Dear Calvary-St. George's,
Thank you to everyone who helped make Kick-Off Sunday a huge success. I wanted to let all of you know about our new 5 p.m. Choral Evensong at Calvary Church. This service is especially important this fall as we celebrate 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There have been a number of articles that have articulated the growing resurgence of this service in England, and while Holy Communion is on decline in England, thousands of people are showing up to sit through the service of Evensong.
Evensong is one of the great legacies of the English Reformation. The service has its origins in the ancient monastic (and before then, Jewish) tradition of marking the day with specific times of prayer. When the Church of England severed its ties with Rome, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer condensed Vespers and Compline to create this powerful service. It is a service of the word and a service, which takes a great deal of faith that God's word will do something in the life of the listener. I would love it if you couldn't make one of our morning services, that you would try and attend Choral Evensong at Calvary Church at 5:00 p.m. Another reminder is that we have Morning Prayer Monday through Friday at Calvary Church at 8:30 a.m.
This Sunday I will also preach from the Gospel text.
We will see you this Sunday,
The Reverend Jacob A. Smith