New Acolyte Sign-up

WANTED: ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ACOLYTE. We need young people to help lead in worship by being a liturgical assistant…an acolyte. This is a fun and important part of what makes our worship so special. We will be training new torchbearers on Sunday, May 19 at noon. Interested youth, who are rising fifth graders or older, should contact Daniel Grosshoeme or Laura Gerberick at lgerberick@cinci.rr.com or 271-5448 to RSVP or ask questions, or simply join us on the 19th. See you there!

Holy Week at St. Thomas

Holy Week At-a-Glance – Join us for powerful worship, fellowship and inspirational music!

Palm Sunday – March 24th (Holy Eucharist at 8am; Fellowship Breakfast 9:15; Choral Eucharist at 10:30am)

PalmSunday-titleThe drama of Holy Week begins with the remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the liturgy of the Palms and transition from celebration to the intensity of his Passion on the cross. Start your observance of Holy Week with Palm Sunday and enter the story, carrying palms and the singing of “All Glory, Laud and Honor.”

Passion Sunday – Special Bach Vespers: Excerpts from St. John Passion – March 24th (6:30pm)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASo many have been moved by and St. Thomas is getting known for the Bach Vespers Series, invite friends to join you as we return this evening for a truly special evening of music, prayer and the story that makes this week so significant set to arguably some of the best music Bach wrote. The Passion according to St. Matthew and that of St. John take some of the greatest inspiration of Bach along with these powerful texts to create extended oratorios that are so profoundly moving. Our offering this evening will feature choruses, chorales, and selected arias interspersed with the reading of the Passion narrative from the Gospel according to John. The music serves equally as a commentary, meditation and prayer for all.

Monday–Thursday of Holy Week – (Holy Eucharist at noon)

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the chancel using the proper readings for Holy Week.

Wednesday of Holy Week – March 27th (Taizé Musical Evening Prayer Service at 7pm)

The Taizé style of liturgy is filled with peaceful silence, beautiful simple music, and quiet meditation. It is a wonderful way to relax and recharge your mind, spirit and body for the week ahead. Please join us in the church for this special experience.

Maundy Thursday – March 28th (Eucharist at noon; full Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7pm)

breadHoly Week continues with the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.” In this special service, we share in the response to the gift of Communion, where Jesus humbly and quietly washes the feet of his disciples. This deeply moving action gives us a real experience of how powerful servant ministry can be and will be offered to anyone who wishes to receive this symbolic act as part of the liturgy. The liturgy concludes with in a symbolic representation of that final night, with the stripping of the altar and all decorative furnishings from the church and the sacrament is reserved — all while Psalm 22 is read or chanted; and ends with a silent meditation, without a dismissal, for the Church remains in prayer for three days – until the Great Vigil of Easter. This sacred time is known as the Triduum Sacrum — the ‘sacred three days.’

Good Friday – March 29th (Services at noon and 7pm)

desert-cross-798497As with Christians from as far back as the fourth century, the Church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus with a solemn service for the day. The liturgy for Good Friday is wonderfully deep and meaningful, not just in terms of history, but the impact of the day for life here and now.

The Great Vigil of Easter – March 30th (worship begins at 7pm)

Candle-votives-vigilIn The Great Vigil of Easter, we move from the Passion and death of Jesus Christ to his Resurrection. The service begins in darkness and slowly moves into the light of the resurrection, beginning with the lighting of the new Paschal candle and its entry into a darkened church. Through this powerful liturgy, we recover the ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast. The traditional night for adult Baptism, the Vigil is where all our Lenten preparation leads us to. As the Exsultet chant proclaims: “This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life!” Be among the first to sing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” and welcome this most glorious of Christian feasts with this the first of three special Easter celebrations.

Easter Day – March 31st (Holy Eucharist at 8am, 9:15am and Choral Eucharist at 10:30am)

lily crossThe Feast of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise that the resurrection holds for us is celebrated on this festive day. Be overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of Easter celebrated in the Anglican tradition. The 10:30 liturgy will be enhanced by the great Easter hymns played by organ and special music by our Choir and guest artists.

The Great Vigil of Easter

Sunday, March 30, 7pm

THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER is, in a nutshell, the most symbolic, meaningful, personal, and experiential service of the church year, explaining and demonstrating how we move from the Passion and death of Jesus Christ to his Resurrection.

Candle-votives-vigilThe Easter Vigil is an incredibly powerful and special worship experience. The Vigil begins at ‘sundown’ as we move from Holy Saturday to Easter. Our abbreviated version of this timeless celebration begins with a “Service of light.” This is marked with the lighting of the ‘new fire,’ which is used to light the Paschal candle, representing the risen Christ. This ‘Light to the World’ is then carried in solemn procession, entering a darkened church where it will start to spread light throughout. The service of light concludes with the most glorious of all chants, the Exsultet, which explains the whole story of salvation. We then move into the liturgy of the Word with stories from the Old Testament. This is the night when the Church around the world welcomes the newest members to God’s family and renew our own baptismal vows, as well as being the first Eucharist of Easter – marked by the Easter Acclamation: “Alleluia. Christ is risen!” The Great Vigil of Easter gives the full meaning behind our celebration of the next day. Come experience a new dimension of the wonder and majesty of Easter this year!

“This is the night, when all who believe in Christ
are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life!”

Bach Vespers: May 6

Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, May 6 5:30pm
Prelude: Concerto No. 5 for Flute and Orchestra, BWV 1056 
Cantata: Süsser Trost mein Jesu kömmt, BWV 151

Mary Southworth, soprano
Kate Tombaugh, alto
Cameo Humes, tenor
Darrell Acon, bass
Randy Bowman, violin
Dr. Brett Scott, guest conductor
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, conductor

The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, a unique worship experience combining Evening Prayer with the cantatas of J. S. Bach, presents the final Vespers of the 2012-2013 program year, featuring soloists Mary Southworth, Kate Tombaugh, Cameo Humes, and Darrell Acorn and the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble under the leadership of guest conductor Dr. Brett Scott. The featured cantata is BWV 151, Süsser Trost mein Jesu kömmt (Sweet comfort, my Jesus comes). 

The prelude to the service will be Bach’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, BWV 1056 with soloists and Cincinnati Symphony Principal Flutist Randy Bowman. The will be a reception following the service celebrating the outstanding first year of this beautiful new musical tradition.