Recent News & Publications

April 28, 2015

Choral Scholar Positions Are Now Open, Apply by June 1st

By Sarah Punderson , 11:02 am

Positions for all voice parts are available for the 2015-2016 program year.

Applications are invited immediately and not later than June 1st. Auditions of selected applicants will be arranged following application.

The Choral Scholar program at Saint Paul’s is intended to introduce young and talented vocalists to quality choral music in a church setting. Through their involvement in the Saint Paul’s choral program, choral scholars will have the opportunity to work with accomplished musicians on a weekly basis, perform a large volume of quality music at a very high level and gain further proficiency in sight-reading and vocal confidence. Young singers will also gain insight into the requirements of being a professional musician.

160th Parish Annual Meeting and One Worship

By Sarah Punderson , 10:54 am

The parish will hold its 160th annual meeting on Sunday, May 17. There will be one service of worship at 10 a.m. on that day, followed by brunch and the annual meeting in the parish hall. There will be an annual report by the different ministries of Saint Paul’s. The Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates for vestry positions and for a delegate to the Deanery and Diocesan Convention.

April 23, 2015

Spotlight on Worship Ministries: Eucharistic Ministers

By Sarah Punderson , 2:18 pm
“The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.” Every Sunday morning one or two parishioners put on a white alb and a large Canterbury cross to signify that they will be the lay chalice bearers that morning. It takes no special skill to participate in this ministry, just a steady hand and a willingness to assist at the Communion feast. We are currently seeking new Eucharistic Ministers to join those who serve already in this capacity. For information and to sign up, please contact Dave Peterson.
The Eucharistic Ministers are especially in need of two or more volunteers for the 8 a.m. service.

April 21, 2015

Towards an Understanding of Islam

By Sarah Punderson , 10:11 am

The Peace and Justice Committee of Our Mother of Consolation is hosting Noor Phillips of the Zubaida Mosque on April 26th from 1 to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn more about the religious practices of Islam and what we share in common as children of Abraham and people of the Book. For more information, contact Cliff Cutler.

Please Be Courteous of Handicapped Parking

By Sarah Punderson , 10:06 am

Please, if you are parking along the drive on Sunday mornings be mindful of the handicapped spaces. Please leave those spaces for members who need a little assistance getting into the church. Thank you.

April 20, 2015

Mystical Journeys Tuesdays Evenings

By Sarah Punderson , 8:44 am

Tuesday evenings during Eastertide, Rector Cliff Cutler and Dr. Mary Hansbury, a Syriac scholar, will offer a series on ancient and medieval as well as contemporary mystics at 7 p.m. in the Dixon House Library. On April 21, Dr. Hansbury will speak about Ephrem of Syria, whose theme was praise.

April 17, 2015

World Premiere of “E” for Organ

By Arabella , 5:19 pm

At the Ann Stookey Memorial Organ Recital on Sunday April 19th at 4:15pm, Edward Landin will perform the world premiere of a piece he recently commissioned from composer Kathleen Scheide.

Here are the composer’s notes on her new work:

Edward Landin commissioned “E,” and its title refers to his initial, as well as to the final tonal center and to the naming of the five movements: Entrada, Echo, Elevazione, Entr’acte and Essercizio. The choice and sometimes archaic spelling of the titles reflect the classic organ forms and genres on which some of them are modelled. Edward had requested a neo-Baroque Suite playable on a small organ.

Entrada is a flourish and fughetta over a simple pedal ostinato. The pedal parts throughout the suite are playable on a 30-note (short compass) pedalboard, or on an organ with minimal independent pedal registers. Echo is a contemporary rendering of a 17th-century echo fantasia, playing with dynamic contrasts between manuals and over changing pedal ostinatos. It, along with the entire suite, is playable on a 2-manual instrument. The middle movement, Elevazione, is slow with chantlike melodies, interpreting old Italian toccatas written for the mystical ritual in the Roman Catholic mass when the host is lifted up. The only movement that may not be excerpted and played independently, as perhaps for a church service, is Entr’acte. Played by feet alone, Entr’acte both reminisces and foreshadows themes and fragments from the other four pieces. Essercizio, spelled like Scarlatti’s and Telemann’s publications of the 1730’s, is an idiomatic organ toccata with the Easter chorale Erscheinen ist der herrliche Tag interposed. Buried within the toccata figuration is the musical spelling of Edward’s names.
Kathleen Scheide is most active as a harpsichordist and organist. Her compositions have also been published, recorded, and broadcast, and featured at meetings of the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Society of Composers and others.

April 15, 2015

Mindfulness Exercise at Saint Paul’s

By Sarah Punderson , 11:05 am

Two Mindfulness & Wellness training sessions will be offered at Saint Paul’s on Saturdays in April, on 4/11 and 4/18 at 10 a.m. in the Swift Bird Room. The sessions will be led by Jacqueline O’Malley, M.Ed. and Director of the Center for Mindfulness & Wellness in Flourtown. The sessions, free of charge, will show how mindfulness can make a difference in each individual life. Childcare will be provided! For more information, contact Manny Mercer.

April 14, 2015

Organ Recital and Choral Evensong on Sunday (4/19)

By Sarah Punderson , 10:01 am

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church will host an organ recital and choral evensong on Sunday, April 19th. The event is open to the public. A freewill offering supports the music program at Saint Paul’s. RSVP on Facebook here.

4:30 p.m. Ann Stookey Memorial Organ Recital
Edward Landin, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Program and bio here.

5 p.m. Choral Evensong
Sung by the Adult Choir
First Song of Moses – Orlando Gibbons
Responses – Martin Neary
Evening Service in d minor – TA Walmisley
Sing Ye to the Lord – EC Bairstow

A reception follows the service, all are welcome. The next organ recital and choral evensong will be held on Sunday May 10th at 4:30 p.m.

Young Professionals to Visit Face-to-Face

By Sarah Punderson , 9:53 am

Saint Paul’s Young Professionals will visit Face-to-Face Germantown on Saturday (4/18) at 11:30 a.m. to help serve food to the hungry and homeless in the community. This is an opportunity for service and all are invited to come out and serve. Face-to-Face is located at 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia. For more information, contact Manny Mercer.

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