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March 7, 2012

In the diocesan cycle we pray for the people of Trinity Episcopal Church, St. James (1870), and Steve, their Vicar
In our companion diocese of Lui we pray for Wandi Archdeaconry and Lavirick their Archdeacon.


Lenten practices

Give up a word a week. The brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE), a monastic community of the Episcopal Church, last year launched a daily devotion called Brother, Give Us A Word.

This year for lent, they have organized a week long meditation for those on the Lenten journey, to give up a word each week "that your life would be better without."

The brothers challenge us: For one week, stop using a word that is destructive to you, your life, the world, or your relationship with others. Type that Word on the brothers' website. Write it on a post-it and keep it visible. Tell a friend and ask them to check how you are doing. Give up that WORD for a week. Next week we'll ask you to share the story of how you changed without that Word in your life.

Trinity Wall Street offers a daily Lenten meditation in blog post or video blog. One of the contributors is Emily Bloemker, former priest associate at St. Timothy's and now working at St. Paul's Chapel at Trinity Wall Street.


Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
A Lenten Quiet Day exploring the Anglican Rosary

Br. Franklin Kline OP, cathedral parishioner and member of the Anglican Order of Preachers, will lead this day which includes making your own Rosary, and learning about its history and ways of praying with it.

The Anglican Rosary, with its structure based on the form of the Cross, the Invitatory of the Daily Office, and the Cycle of the Seasons of the Church Year, is a template on which to overlay our prayer, enfolding us on our journey, assisting us to center our thoughts on prayer and listen to God in the silence of our hearts – experiencing the "thin places" where time and timelessness intersect. We will discuss the Anglican Rosary's design and relationship to other Christian forms of prayer ropes and prayer beads, such as used by Roman Catholics and the Orthodox. We will explore the spirituality of the Anglican Rosary, how to make one and use it for those new to it, and a chance to share in various prayer forms for those already experienced in praying the Anglican Rosary. Praying The Labyrinth, Liturgy of The Way of The Cross, and Meditation on The Blessed Sacrament using the Anglican Rosary will also be offered.

To register and for information on cost please contact Kline at
H: 314-381-3240. C. 314-374-3290. e-mail:


Last week's tornado in Harrisburg

On February 29, an EF4 tornado hit the town of Harrisburg, IL at 4:56 AM. The town of about 9000 residents lost 6. Harrisburg lies approximately 111 miles SE of St. Louis, and is home to the small parish St. Stephen's in the Diocese of Springfield.

Search and rescue is over, debris hauling has begun. St. Stephen's Priest-in-Charge Tim Goodman is grateful for prayers for the community. "We are asking those who wish to help to consider a cash donation. We will use those funds to supply aid to people in the community who need our help. Checks should be marked "storm relief" and sent to St. Stephen's Church, 101 E. Church St., Harrisburg, IL 62946."

Episcopal Relief and Development is also accepting donations for affected areas in the Midwest and south from the tornadoes of February 28-29 and March 2-3, in many Episcopal dioceses in Illinois, Kansas,Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.


RSVP at St. Francis': Testing the tech waters for the church online

Last year, St Francis' parish members began to think outside the box, and looked for a way to connect at the end of the day to say evening prayer in community. Their project was named RSVP-- Robe and Slippers Virtual Prayer. And test the technology they did, large and niche software was explored. Tokbox went out of business just as they started the search, WebEx was more powerful than needed, and Skype seemed just the right fit. Through the process they discovered that lag during group reading was impossible. How to translate Evening Prayer to the internet?

Recently, internet notice was seen that the Diocese of Maine is testing new ways of using their video conferencing software. They just finished a successful bishop's book club online, and cited RSVP as a model for their new virtual evening prayer. But soon, they also came to the same obstacle-- that lag!

Sally Weaver, vicar at St. Francis', explained the RSVP group overcame: First, we select one person to be the Officiant. That person's microphone remains on the entire time. Then, we select one person to be the responder (the "people").  This person's microphone is only on when he/she is responding to the officiant's biddings.  For example, in Evening Prayer, this person is the R. (response) in the Suffrages. It's also possible to pick a 3rd person for the readings. Everyone else keeps their microphones on mute the entire time.  We just see each other's lips moving. This ensures that only 1 person is speaking at a time. Otherwise, it's crazy-making.


Music at St. Tim's: Choral Concert

7:30 PM, Tuesday, March 20
Concert by the Grinnell Singers.

This 49-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College is directed by John Rommereim, and presenting their concert in six cities from Chicago to New Orleans.

The centerpiece of the program is Mohammed Fairouz’ "Anything Can Happen," a five-movement work setting the poetry of Seamus Heaney and biblical verses in Arabic. The choir will be accompanied in this commissioned piece by violist Christine Rutledge.

Rommereim wrote on his blog about the piece as it was being composed: "Anything Can Happen" is an adapted translation of an Ode by Horace. Although the Horace original was written centuries ago, it is remarkable how the Heaney translation seems to be eerily applicable to the tragedy of the Twin Tower attacks...Mohammed experienced the trauma of the September 11 attacks firsthand as a teenager living in lower Manhattan, and that world-altering event profoundly influences his artistic work.

The varied program also includes music by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, a work with percussion by the Latvian composer Vaclovas Augustinas, a gospel-styled setting of a Whitman text, "My Spirit is Uncaged," and other works.

A Reception Will Follow.  Free and Open to the Public.


Nourish: Earth Day at Grace Kirkwood

Grace Church in Kirkwood is inviting everyone to learn about Food + Faith.

This Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) at 11:30 AM participate in NOURISH, an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. The PBS video illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.

To RSVP and for more information please contact or visit


CPI Offering eHymnals in Tablet Editions

Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI) is among the first denominational publishers to offer authorized eHymnals and has launched Episcopal Church hymnals and songbooks as digital editions for iPad tablet readers.

These editions will work with any digital reader that supports the ePub standard. Five eHymnals are now available on iTunes for iPads and other digital readers.
• The Hymnal 1982
• Lift Every Voice and Sing 2, An African American Hymnal, Pew Edition
• Voices Found, Women in the Church's Song, Pew Edition
• Enriching Our Music 1
• Enriching Our Music 2

Coming soon:
• Wonder, Love and Praise, A Supplement to The Hymnal 1982, Pew Edition



Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11, at 2 AM. Set your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night.

St. Paul's-Carondelet: Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, Adults: $8.50 Seniors: $7.00 Children 12 & under: $4.00. Carry Outs available. Saturday, March 17, 2012, 4-7 PM in the Parish Hall at 6518 Michigan Ave. St. Louis, 63111. More info from Priest-in-Charge Robert Ard, 314-629-9214, or

Transfiguration parish reports a successful Hot Meals for the Homeless and Underemployed. In January they served 24 hot meals and in February, 45.

+ Lenten practices
+ Tornado relief
+ St. Francis' RSVP
+ Music at St. Tim's
+ Nourish: Earthday at Grace
+ TEC hymnals on iTunes
+ Newsline

Sun, Mar 25 Visitation to Calvary Church-Louisiana

Sun, Apr 1, Palm Sunday Visitation to Christ Church- Rolla

Thurs, Apr 5, 6:30 pm, Maundy Thursday preside at Christ Church Cathedral

Fri, Apr 6, 12:00 pm, Good Friday preside at Christ Church Cathedral

Sat, Apr 7, 8:00 pm, Easter Vigil preach and preside at Christ Church Cathedral, confirmations

Sat, May 19, 10:00 am, Confirmations at Christ Church Cathedral

Life of the Diocese

Wed, Mar 7. 6 PM Mere Anglicanism at Grace Church Kirkwood. Wednesdays in Lent, Holy Eucharist at 6 PM, followed by a simple soup supper and Lenten study and discussion (ending at 8:15 PM). This series is for both long time Episcopalians and those new to the church. More info...

Wed, Mar 7. 6:00 PM 12-Step Eucharist at Church of the Ascension celebrated on the 1st Wednesday of every month, 4520 Lucas and Hunt Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121.

Wed, Mar 7. 6:30 PM Lenten reflections on A Practical Christianity, Church of the Ascension. More info.

Wed, Mar 7. 6:30 PM Taize service on the Wednesdays in Lent at Church of the Transfiguration in Lake St. Louis.

Wed, Mar 7. 7 PM Lenten study on Walter Bruggemann's Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture at St. Paul's Church Carondelet. More info.

Thu, Mar 8 Fresh Start, Holy Communion Occurs second Thursday of the month. For clergy.

Thu, Mar 8, 9 AM- 2 PM Crestwood Parish Nurse offers Lunch and Learn for seniors at Church of the Advent in Crestwood. Ecumenical, senior exercise, free lunch, monthly presenters. March features Kim White, massage therapist with a practice at Crestwood Senior Center.

Thu, Mar 8 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lectio Divina at St. Matthew's Church, Warson Woods every Thursday from Feb. into April, at St. Matt's. Read more about Confluence and Lectio Divina, and how to register for this group online.

Sat, Mar 10, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM St. Louis Community Farmers' Market at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3664 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63116. Contact: Annette Beach at 636-466-1769

Sun, Mar 11 2:30 PM The Shepley Concerts: The Poor People of Paris, Elsie Parker. Christ Church Cathedral

Sun, Mar 11, 5 PM Stabat Mater Concert at Saint Peter's Church-Ladue, a reception follows the concert. More info.

Sat, Mar 17 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM The Vine Market at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 33 North Clay Avenue at Darst Road, Ferguson, is held on the third Saturday of the month, through April 2012. The purpose of The Vine Market is: "To bring the highest quality products to our customers and to be a gathering place that contributes to continued community building and good neighborliness in Ferguson and North County."

Sat, Mar 17 Commission on Ministry, St. Martin's, Ellisville

Sun, Mar 18 2:30 PM Shepley Concert Series: L'Esprit de Musique, Lorraine Glass-Harris & James Harris. Christ Church Cathedral

Sun, Mar 18 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Compline Service Compline Service, Poetry and Prose, Meditation and Music, Community and Quiet. Join us for dinner afterward at a CWE restaurant. Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Tues, Mar 20, Third Tuesday for Seniors beginning at 11:00 a.m. Come for some social time before and then a FREE lunch (served at noon) and stay for games of all kinds: Bingo, Card Games and others.

Tues, Mar 13 Finding Grace Where You Are: Adult Education Series in Lent at Trinity Church-Central West End. 6:30 p.m. Soup supper
7 – 9 p.m. Program. Also March 20, 27.

Sun, Mar 24 St. Francis' Church is offering a day of spiritual retreat on Mar 24 at Shaw Retreat Center in Gray Summit, MO. It will be a time for conversation, reflection, and spiritual renewal led by Kristie Lenzen.

Sun, Mar 25 5:00 PM The Shepley Concerts: Evensong with The Choir of Grace Church, Kirkwood - Phillip Brunswick, organist and choirmaster, at Christ Church Cathedral.

Sun, Mar 25 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Taize Worship at Church of the Good Shepherd. For information about Taize worship or future Taize services check online, or contact Pamela Evans at 314-330-2844.

Tue, Mar 27 Standing Committee, St. Martin's, Ellisville

Tue, Mar 27 7:00 PM The Shepley Concerts: Webster Groves High School Choirs at Christ Church Cathedral.

Sat, Mar 31 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Holy Week Quiet Day Mercy Center, 2039 N. Geyer Road, Saint Louis MO 63131. Contact: Susan Skinner at 314-368-6969 or

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Prayer Resources
Daily Office/ Lectionary

Daily Office(incorporating prayers from Holy Women, Holy Men and images)
Mission St. Clare
Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) using the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV):;
The Book of Common Prayer includes downloadable and smart phone versions.
Oremus Bible Resource includes comparisons of versions including the NRSV.
Holy Women, Holy Men is now downloadable in entirety as a PDF, and still available as a daily blog from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

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Beth Felice
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+ Lenten practices
+ Tornado relief
+ St. Francis' RSVP
+ Music at St. Tim's
+ Nourish: Earthday at Grace
+ TEC hymnals on iTunes
+ Newsline

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