Announcements 6.19.16

Season of Renewal

 

 

To Live in the Mercy of God
Denise Levertov

To lie back under the tallest
oldest trees.  How far the stems
rise, rise
before the ribs of shelter
open!

To live in the mercy of God.  The complete
sentence too adequate, has no give.
Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of
stony wood beneath lenient
moss bed.

And awe suddenly
passing beyond itself.  Becomes
a form of comfort.
Becomes the steady
air you glide on, arms
stretched like the wings of flying foxes.
To hear the multiple silence
of trees, the rainy
forest depths of their listening.
To Live in the Mercy of God

To float, upheld,
as salt water
would hold  you,
once you dared.

To live in the mercy of God.

To feel vibrate the enraptured

waterfall flinging itself
unabating down and down
to clenched fists of rock.
Swiftness of plunge,
Hour after year after century,
O or Ah
uninterrupted, voice
many-stranded.
To breathe
spray.  The smoke of it.
Arcs
Of steelwhite foam, glissades
of fugitive jade barely perceptible.  Such passion—
rage or joy?
Thus, not mild, not temperate,
God’s love for the world.  Vast
flood of mercy
flung on resistance.

 

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John Philip Newell – Returns to St Andrews!

John Philip Newell and the School of Celtic Consciousness is introducing a quarterly gathering and the first meeting will be at St. Andrews, Friday, June 24. This will be an ongoing community of prayer and practice using the teachings of John Philip Newell.  John Philip will lead this initial gathering focused on meditation, chanting and prayer.  The evening starts at 6pm with a light reception to follow.  No RSVP is necessary, but we are looking for volunteers to help usher, set-up and break-down the reception and sell books and CDs.  Please see Ally Dodge or send her an email at celticquarterly@standrewdenver.org

 Yoga:  Tuesdays, June 21, 28; 10 – 11 am

The Season brings an invitation to rest and restore your mind and body in a yoga class led by Kate Rosen.

Experience the beauty of the sanctuary as you are led through a series of easy yoga poses designed to invite stillness and surrender.

All are welcome – experienced yogis and complete beginners.  Please bring your own yoga mat and large towel or blanket if you have one.  Some mats and blankets will be available for those without.

Tuesdays, June 21, 28; 10 – 11 am.  Child Care available by request.  (Please contact Kylie Schwartz by the Friday before the Tuesday you will need child care).

For more information please contact Kylie Schwarz (kylschwartz@gmail.com) or Kate Rosen (katebloomer@gmail.com).

Book Study:  The Sabbath  
How do we bring about the elusive atmosphere that is the Sabbath?  We know what to do with space, but how do we shape sacred time?  As Mother Elizabeth journeys through her Sabbatical season, we join her in a time of rest and renewal.  Abraham Heschel’s book will help us enter into our season.

Join us Wednesdays at 7pm in the Delzell room for the discussion sessions.  The following topics will be the focus, but the conversation will certainly – and hopefully! – wander.

  • June 22:   Ritual Observance
  • June 29:   Re-engaging with the Sabbath at home and at St. Andrew’s

We only have a couple of books left, so if you’re interested and would like to purchase a copy or for other information, contact Matt Bentley or Kylie Schwartz

  Summer Choir           

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome!

Summer Sunday School

We give our regular Sunday School volunteers the summer off.  On six Summer Sundays we will have a One-Room Schoolhouse for children and youth (4-13 years) in the undercroft for those who don’t wish to sit through the 10am service (busy boards and books available for those who do and/or when there is no Sunday School). Please don’t miss our Summer Sunday School on June 19, 26 and August 7, 14, and 21.  We return to our regular schedule of Godly Play every Sunday for ages 4 to 4th grade and TSE every other week for 5th to 9th graders on September 11.

 Silent Auction Update

 A BIG Thank You to all of the Bidders, Donors, and Volunteers who helped make the Bid and Brunch Silent Auction a Success!  The auction and bake sale will netted about $12,000 when all proceeds are received.

Team Coordinators: Chair, Judie James; Computer and Tabulation, Shelley Brown; Food. Nancy Weaver; Beverages, Reese Jameson; Bake Sale, Ally Dodge; and Children’s Activities, Zoe Cole.  Team: Teri Appell, Barbara Becker, Barbara Bomberger, Jonathan Culwell, Karen Davis, Richard DeTar, Betsy Hoover, Diane Jameson, Reese Jameson, Lucy Johnson, Tom Lentz, Betty Luce, Lucy McGuffey, Rita Osborn, Jeff Parrott, Susan Trickett, and Scott Weaver,

Please pay for your purchases during coffee hour following the 10 am services on June 19.  We will accept credit card payments, checks, or cash.  If you have questions, email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org , or call Judie at 720-626-5300.

Family Promise

 Family Promise is an organization that has a program that houses families for a period no longer than 60 days. During that time they are counseled for financial, resume and parenting. Many arrive with jobs, but are not able to obtain housing. By adhering to the rules of family promise, they have proved their stability for paying rent and being good tenants. The families are vetted for the program before being accepted. They have had a very high percentage of positive results for jobs and housing. Please consider helping at this critical time for the program.

The church that was to host the families for July 17-24 no longer participates in the program. First Unitarian Church stepped up to house the families as well as support their stay with food, etc. They have asked St. Andrew’s to continue its participation for a normal rotation for dinners on Wednesday 7/20 and Thursday 7/21, an overnight stay on Thursday 7/21 and breakfast on Saturday 7/23.

There will be a sign-up sheet on the coffee table on Sunday June 12. Please look at your calendars and sign up. These families are so appreciative of our contribution to their well-being and continuing process of getting housing and employment. Hearing their stories is a reminder that each of us could be in their situation, but there for the grace of God we are not.

Any questions please do not hesitate to email Lynne Valentine at lkval@yahoo.com or call 303 955 6911.

Brief Update on Frank and Lynn Huber for our “Beloved Community”.

 As some of you know, Frank had a bad right side (brain)/left side (body) stroke on May 28th. He’s in Swedish Acute Rehab unit, which is as good as it gets, and they are planning to keep him longer than normal because they believe he’ll be able to benefit (functionally) from the extra time–a very good sign.

We do not want food or visits. (Special diets for both of us, and Frank has more than enough people to deal with on the staff.) He would welcome cards, especially polite humor, and we both very much covet your prayers. If you want to know more details, please go to this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hlsjcp9z6qev2fi/2nd Update 6-7-16 NEW PAGES DOC.pdf?dl=0

FINALLY PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANY OF THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF ANY KIND. Many thanks.

 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

 

 

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

Are you receiving our weekly poetry reflection via email?

 

If not, request to be added to the mailing list by emailing

jeff@standrewdenver.org or calling 303-296-1712.

 

Season of Renewal

 

Yoga:  Tuesdays, June 14, 21, 28; 10 – 11 am.

 

The Season brings an invitation to rest and restore your mind and body in a yoga class led by Kate Rosen.

Experience the beauty of the sanctuary as you are led through a series of easy yoga poses designed to invite stillness and surrender.

All are welcome – experienced yogis and complete beginners.  Please bring your own yoga mat and large towel or blanket if you have one.  Some mats and blankets will be available for those without.

Tuesdays, June 14, 21, 28; 10 – 11 am.  Child Care available by request.  (Please contact Kylie Schwartz by the Friday before the Tuesday you will need child care).

For more information please contact Kylie Schwarz (kylschwartz@gmail.com) or Kate Rosen (katebloomer@gmail.com).

 

Book Study:  The Sabbath  


How do we bring about the elusive atmosphere that is the Sabbath?  We know what to do with space, but how do we shape sacred time?  As Mother Elizabeth journeys through her Sabbatical season, we join her in a time of rest and renewal.  Abraham Heschel’s book will help us enter into our season.

Join us Wednesdays at 7pm in the Delzell room for the discussion sessions.  The following topics will be the focus, but the conversation will certainly – and hopefully! – wander.

  • June 15th: Images of the Sabbath
  • June 22nd: Ritual Observance
  • June 29th: Re-engaging with the Sabbath at home and at St. Andrew’s

We only have a couple of books left, so if you’re interested and would like to purchase a copy or for other information, contact Matt Bentley or Kylie Schwartz

 

 Summer Choir           

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome!

 

John Philip Newell – Returns to St Andrews!

John Philip Newell and the School of Celtic Consciousness is introducing a quarterly gathering and the first meeting will be at St. Andrews, Friday, June 24. This will be an ongoing community of prayer and practice using the teachings of John Philip Newell.  John Philip will lead this initial gathering focused on meditation, chanting and prayer.  The evening starts at 6pm with a light reception to follow.  No RSVP is necessary, but we are looking for volunteers to help usher, set-up and break-down the reception and sell books and CDs.  Please see Ally Dodge or send her an email at celticquarterly@standrewdenver.org

 

Silent Auction Update

A BIG Thank You to all of the Bidders, Donors, and Volunteers who helped make the Bid and Brunch Silent Auction a Success!  The auction and bake sale will net about $11,500 after subtraction of expenses.

Team Coordinators: Chair , Judie James; Computer and Tabulation, Shelley Brown; Food. Nancy Weaver; Beverages, Reese Jameson; Bake Sale, Ally Dodge; and Children’s Activities, Zoe Cole.  Team: Teri Appell, Barbara Becker, Barbara Bomberger, Jonathan Culwell, Richard DeTar, Betsy Hoover, Diane Jameson, Reese Jameson, Lucy Johnson, Betty Luce, Lucy McGuffey, Rita Osborn, Jeff Parrott, Susan Trickett, and Scott Weaver.

Please pay for your purchases during coffee hour following the 10 am services on June 12 or 19.  We expect to be able to accept credit card payment, but suggest that you bring a check, in case we have problems transmitting the card information.  If you have questions, email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org or call Judie at 720-626-5300.

 

Family Promise

Family Promise is an organization that has a program that houses families for a period no longer than 60 days. During that time they are counseled for financial, resume and parenting. Many arrive with jobs, but are not able to obtain housing. By adhering to the rules of family promise, they have proved their stability for paying rent and being good tenants. The families are vetted for the program before being accepted. They have had a very high percentage of positive results for jobs and housing. Please consider helping at this critical time for the program.

The church that was to host the families for July 17-24 no longer participates in the program. First Unitarian Church stepped up to house the families as well as support their stay with food, etc. They have asked St. Andrew’s to continue its participation for a normal rotation for dinners on Wednesday 7/20 and Thursday 7/21, an overnight stay on Thursday 7/21 and breakfast on Saturday 7/23.

There will be a sign-up sheet on the coffee table on Sunday June 12. Please look at your calendars and sign up. These families are so appreciative of our contribution to their well-being and continuing process of getting housing and employment. Hearing their stories is a reminder that each of us could be in their situation, but there for the grace of God we are not.

Any questions please do not hesitate to email Lynne Valentine at lkval@yahoo.com or call 303 955 6911.

 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

 

 

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 06/07/16

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 06/07/16

 

Ill/asked for prayers

Mardy; Jerry and Patti; Jeff Brown; Jean; Lynn Hardcastle; Shannon Kearne;

Scott; Tom; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Tommy Timm; Lu.

 

Those who have died

Those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

 

Please pray for

Frank and Lynn Huber, for healing and strength.

Michael, for clarity, healing, and peace.

Ashley’s job search.

Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson, for safety and strength during his deployment.

Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.

 

Those who mourn

Barbara Day and Family.

The Carver family.

 

Thanksgiving for

The birth of Noah and Alison’s son Solomon.

 

Tree of Life Prayers

Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

 

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 06/07/16

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 06/07/16

 

Ill/asked for prayers

Mardy; Jerry and Patti; Jeff Brown; Jean; Lynn Hardcastle; Shannon Kearne;

Scott; Tom; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Tommy Timm; Lu.

 

Those who have died

Those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

 

Please pray for

Frank and Lynn Huber, for healing and strength.

Michael, for clarity, healing, and peace.

Ashley’s job search.

Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson, for safety and strength during his deployment.

Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.

 

Those who mourn

Barbara Day and Family.

The Carver family.

 

Thanksgiving for

The birth of Noah and Alison’s son Solomon.

 

Tree of Life Prayers

Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

 

Announcements for 5.29.16

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

 

Season of Renewal
Book Study ­ The Sabbath, Abraham Heschel
How do we bring about the elusive atmosphere that is the Sabbath?  We know what to do with space, but how do we shape sacred time?  As Mother Elizabeth journeys through her Sabbatical season, we join her in a time of rest and renewal.  Abraham Herschel’s book will help us enter into our season.  “The Sabbath”, he writes, “renews the soul as we rediscover who we are”.

All are welcome in a time of reflection and discussion as we join together in this book study led by our Senior Warden, Matt Bentley. Commencing Wednesday June 8th at 7pm in the Delzell room, the study will run for four consecutive weeks and books will be on sale for $14, after both Sunday morning services starting this week in the undercroft.  For more information, please contact Matt Bentley or Kylie Schwartz.

 

St. Andrew’s Day at the Rockies returns this year on Sunday, June 12 at 200 pm.  The game will be the Rockies vs. the San Diego Padres. Tickets are $18. We have a block of tickets reserved in section U331 (behind home plate). Tickets will go on sale beginning this Sunday, May 1 at both services.  Chris Buri will be collecting ticket money after the 9:00am service and Debbie Courtney will be receiving ticket money after the 11:00 am service. Tickets will be for sale through the month of May – last day to get tickets will be Sunday, May 29.  Checks should be made payable to St. Andrew’s and marked “baseball” in the memo section. Checks may also be mailed to the church office – attention: Jeff.

 

Silent Auction!  Bid and Brunch!  June 5, following 10 am service.

 Please pick up your Bidder Number during coffee hour on May 29, at the Auction Table in the undercroft or request your number by email to Auction2016@standrewdenver.org.  Avoid standing in line on Auction Day for your number!

If you are unable to attend the Auction, obtain a bid number, identify the items that you want, and ask a friend to bid for you, up to the price limit that you set.

A partial list of items offered at the Auction is available on St. Andrew’s Homepage under Upcoming.

Bidding will begin right after the service and end at 1:15 to 1:30.  You will learn which items you won and pay for your purchases at the Auction table in the undercroft on Sunday, June 12 or June 19.

It’s not a fancy brunch.  Please come casual.  Shorts and T-shirts welcome.   Kids should come dressed to get wet and dirty (perhaps with a change of clothes) to enjoy a wading pool and other outdoor fun at the Kid’s Beach Party.

For more information see Judie James, or one of the other Auction volunteers at the Auction Table in the undercroft during coffeehour or email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org .

 

Summer Choir

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome!

 

Cathedral Ridge Capital Campaign: Committee Forming

Cathedral Ridge is a ministry of the Diocese of Colorado, based outside of Colorado Springs.  This ministry of the Episcopal Church in Colorado represents an innovative vision for now and a long-term commitment to invest in the next generation.  A mix of a conference center, retreat center, event center and summer camp, it has touched the lives of St Andrew’s in many ways.  From parish retreats, to youth programs, Cathedral Ridge enhances the inner life of the Spirit and equips people with leadership skills that they can faithfully draw on and put to work in our communities.

But Cathedral Ridge is in need of significant repairs and infrastructure investment in order to meet the needs of the diocese and reach the full potential of it’s mission.  St. Andrew’s, like every parish in the Diocese, has been called upon to pledge funds to support the needed improvements for Cathedral Ridge to fulfill its fullest potential.  Ally Dodge and Meg North will co-chair this important initiative for St Andrews.  Last Sunday, we held information sessions after both services with an overview of the campaign and a Q&A session about our commitment.  We will be forming a committee to identify fundraising options over the course of the summer.  If you have questions or would like to participate on that committee, please contact Ally Dodge at allyincolorado@gmail.com or Meg North.  For more information, please visit http://cathedralridge.org/

 

 Assistance needed at Irving Street Residences for Women:  We need 2 or 3 people to assist in sorting and stocking food and serving items on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.  Interested individuals should be able to engage in moderate lifting.  Our current team of Rusty Pickard and Tom Woodward are looking for some support and will be happy to train any interested in this ministry.  Please email Deacon Wib at wibgarfield@hotmail.com or talk with her after service.

Garage Sale

We are considering an All Parish Summer Garage Sale to raise funds for our general fund.  Last year, we had great support for our Garage Sale, with a good variety of items.  Before we get organized for this summer, we wanted to reach out to confirm that parishioners have enough stuff to support another sale.  Please send Ally Dodge (allyincolorado@gmail.com) an email if you are interested with details on what you would be looking to donate.

 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday for

 inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s

weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org

Silent Auction, Sunday, June 5

Silent Auction!  Bid and Brunch! 

 

June 5, following the 10 am service.

 

Please pick up your Bidder Number during coffee hour on May 29 at the Auction Table in the undercroft or request your number by email to Auction2016@standrewdenver.org.  Avoid standing in line on Auction Day for your number!

 

Here’s a partial list of items offered at the AuctionSee posters in the undercroft for more information.

 

Social Events:

  • July 17, Family Fun Picnic
  • July 29. Backyard Hitchcock
  • August 27. Badminton and Barbeque
  • September 10. Cruising for Murder, dinner and mystery.
  • September 25 . Festa Di Pomodoro.
  • Prior to Oct. 1. Dinner and Wine at One Lincoln Park.
  • October 1.  Beyond Mushy Peas and Monty Python, dinner and humour.
  • October 8. Italian Dinner and Wine.
  • November 5. Andrew’s Mystery II – Murder in the Mountains.
  • November 12. Moroccan Dinner.
  • November 25. Apres Thanksgiving Cocktail Party.
  • February 10, 17, or 24. My Dinner with –Who?
  • February 14. Valentine’s Cocktail Party.
  • March 24. Spring Equinox Cocktail Party.
  • April 8. Cheesy Paperbacks.

 

Activities

  • June 6-10. School of the Poetic City
  • June 28. Dance with Wonderbound (Again)
  • September 17. Styling Colorado Bonsai
  • Camping
  • Silent Night Festival
  • Dinner February 4 and Hike in Colorado National Monument May 6

 

Condos and Vacations

  • One Lincoln Park
  • Silverado II, Winter Park
  • Winter Park

 

Services and Custom Items:

  • Sewing/Mending/Alterations
  • Homemade Kahlua
  • English Trifle
  • Felted Purse
  • Knit Hats
  • Linzer Cookies
  • Ready to Bake Scones
  • Pesto
  • Salon Music for Bassoon and Cello
  • Five Trays of Holiday Cookies

 

Tickets and Gift Cards

  • Byers Evans House
  • Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
  • The Rolling Pin Bakeshop
  • Snooze
  • St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
  • Chocolates and Wine Pairing Class for Two

 

You will learn which items you won and pay for your purchases at the Auction table in the undercroft on Sunday, June 12 or June 19.

 

It’s not a fancy brunch.  Please come casual.  Shorts and T-shirts welcome.   Kids should come dressed to get wet and dirty (perhaps with a change of clothes) to enjoy a wading pool and other outdoor fun at the Kid’s Beach Party.

 

For more information see Judie James, or one of the other volunteers, at coffee hour in the auction corner of the undercroft or email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org .

Musical Weekly 24 May, 2016

Musical Weekly

24 May, 2016

In this issue:

· “Short Stories in Song,” SMCC Finale concerts

· Announcing the 2016-17 SMCC Season

· Final Evensong!

· Summer Choir at St. Andrew’s

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As this may be my last Musical Weekly before summertime lulls me into laziness, let me put in a BIG PLUG for the season finale concerts for St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, “Short Stories in Song.” It’s shaping up to be a marvelous one, lots of variety from silliness to poignancy, and not too long (less than an hour’s worth of music, plus intermission and some talking – one-and-a-quarter hours total? That’s my prediction). I now have a concert order, so here is the entire program:

The Goslings Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)

Lay a Garland Robert Lucas Pearsall (1796-1856)

The Unquiet Grave English Folk Tune, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

I Love my Love Cornish Folk Tune, arr. Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

Shiloh – A Requiem Bradley A. Bombardier (1996)

Nelson’s Death and Victory Traditional Sailor Song, arr. Timothy J. Krueger (2005)

No Mark Cecil Effinger (1914-1990)

Interval

Jesus and the Money Changers Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)

The Leprehaun Irish Folk Tune, arr. Granville Bantock (1868-1946)

My Grandfather’s Clock Traditional, Henry Clay Work (1832-1884), arr. MB Krueger (2011)

The Choirmaster’s Burial Mårten Jannson (2014)

Blow Away the Morning Dew English Folk Tune, arr. R. O. Morris (1886-1948)

Valiant for Truth Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

If you want to hear me chat about this concert in a promo video and hear some excerpts, go to our website and scroll down a bit for an embedded video: www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org.

The concerts are as follows:

· Fri., June 3, 7:30pm – Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church (Montview and Dahlia)

· Sun., June 5, 3:00pm – St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church (Quincy and Happy Canyon)

And here’s how to get tickets in advance (at the door also available, although Sunday’s concert is a smallish venue): (303) 298-1970; www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org/tickets

I hope to see many of you there, and have you tell me afterwards which piece(s) was/were your favorite(s)!

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We have announced our 2016-17 Season, St. Martin’s 23rd; called “Sound & Silence,” and the Season Brochure is currently at the printer (so, if you’re on our mailing list, you will be receiving one shortly, I assume). Here’s the Season in a nutshell:

Give us Peace Debut of the St. Martin’s Festival Singers/Orchestra

Sept. 16 & 17

The St. Martin’s Festival Singers – where the personnel of the Chamber Choir are joined by 30-35 extra auditioned singers (contact me if you’re interested, there’s still a bit of time to audition) – debuts with Vaughan Williams’ powerful 1936 work Dona nobis pacem, with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, David Rutherford conductor. Also on the program are RVW’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and his Three Shakespeare Songs.

There is Sweet Music: Shakespeare at 400 Cameo Ensemble/Piano

Nov. 11, 12, & 13

Sixteen Singers pay homage to Shakespeare’s influence on choral music, the featured work being Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with piano accompaniment.

Christmas in England: A Willcocks Tribute Full Ensemble/Organ

Dec. 10, 11, 16 & 18

Christmas Carols and Sir David Willcocks are virtually synonymous in our time; and, together with Ralph Valentine, organist, we’ll sing his most beloved carol arrangements and other favorites as we mark the 2015 passing of this giant of the choral world.

Winter Winds Full Ensemble

Feb. 17 & 19

The title says it all – works evoking the cold of winter, including piecess from those who know winter best (as in Scandinavia, and their kin in Minnesota!) – classic SMCC a cappella.

Forsaken: Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories Cameo Ensemble

Mar. 31, Apr. 1 & 2

These eighteen works, sung on the last three nights before Easter, are some of the darkest, most haunting of the Renaissance. Written for the dowager Empress of Spain, we perform them here in an authentically period ensemble of 12 voices.

Sound the Trumpet! Full Ensemble/Brass Octet and Organ

May 19 & 21

Joseph Jongen’s incredible Mass for Chorus, Brass, and Organ (Op. 130), and Anton Bruckner’s six motets for brass and chorus comprise this festive conclusion to our 23rd Season.

Season tickets represent a 20-30% savings over at-the-door prices, so do consider treating yourself to our entire season with a subscription. (303) 298-1970; www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org for more info.

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The Choral Evensong services that are sung at St. Andrew’s every Thursday between Labor Day and Memorial Day have become the highlight of my week. And this week marks the last one before we break for the summer. And we do it up right with about a dozen singers (mostly staff) and organ with the following music, marking the feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury (the first Archbishop of Canterbury, I believe):

May 26, 2016, 5:45pm, Choral Evensong: St. Augustine of Canterbury

Preces & Responses: Richard Ayleward (1626-1669)

Canticle of Light: “Hail, Gladdening Light” by Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Psalm: 66, plainchant

Service: George Dyson (1888-1964) in F Major

Anthem: O quam gloriosum by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Office Hymn: 653 Repton

Come and feast your ears on beauty for 40 minutes. J Then, see you again on September 8.

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Once the full choir goes on holiday at St. Andrew’s, we have what we call “Summer Choir.” First, a quartet of staff singers is always on hand, so I know every part is competently covered. Second, I choose familiar or relatively easy anthems. Third, we don’t vest or take part in the procession. Fourth, anyone who shows up for the rehearsal at 9:00am can sing the 10:00am service. It’s a great, low-commitment, low-risk, high-reward opportunity to work with one of Denver’s best organists, Ralph Valentine (I won’t be so vain as to cite myself as one of Denver’s best choir directors… J). So I encourage you to try it, should you be so inclined. Here’s the music for this week, the first one with Summer Choir:

May 29, 2016, 10:00am, Proper 4C

Anthem: “All from the sun’s uprise” by Philip Tomblings (1902-1996)

Communion motet: “Praise the Lord, ye servants” by John Blow (1649-1708)

Hymns: 372 (Leoni), 472 (Donne Secours), ___ (Sally Brown), 535 (Paderborn)

Signing off for the summer,

Tim

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Timothy J. Krueger

Choirmaster, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver

Artistic Director, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (professional)

Affiliate Music Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Season of Renewal Book Study: ­ The Sabbath, Abraham Heschel

Season of Renewal
Book Study ­ The Sabbath, Abraham Heschel
How do we bring about the elusive atmosphere that is the Sabbath?  We know what to do with space, but how do we shape sacred time?  As Mother Elizabeth journeys through her Sabbatical season, we join her in a time of rest and renewal.  Abraham Herschel’s book will help us enter into our season.  “The Sabbath”, he writes, “renews the soul as we rediscover who we are”.

All are welcome in a time of reflection and discussion as we join together in this book study led by our Senior Warden, Matt Bentley. Commencing Wednesday June 8th at 7pm in the Delzell room, the study will run for four consecutive weeks and books will be on sale for $14, after both Sunday morning services starting this week in the undercroft.  For more information, please contact Matt Bentley or Kylie Schwartz.