Solemn Evensong

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
4:00 pm High Altar


Today we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit.

To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons:

I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels
A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne
The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin
From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead
Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin


O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The choristers rehearse before Sunday evensong.

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxvWV 199, Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)

Hymn: 506
Praise the Spirit in creation

Responses: William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Psalm: 145 Anglican Chant (Hanforth)

Service: in A-flat, Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)

Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9

Hymn: 229
Spirit of mercy, truth and love

Lesson 2: Acts 4:18-21,23-33

Anthem: All wisdom cometh from the Lord, Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Psalm 150: Anglican Chant (Talbot)

Voluntary: Carillon-Sortie, Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

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