Music Notes for Sunday October 29th

Martin LutherWhen I moved to this area from Washington State in September 1985, I left the position of Organist-Choirmaster of St. Timothy’s Church, Yakima.  My successor was a young Lutheran lady who immediately began making plans for Reformation Sunday.  She was surprised when the rector informed her, “We don’t observe Reformation Sunday, because we’re only half reformed.” So it is in every Episcopal church I know (and far be it from me to object). But on October 29, our Protestant friends will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  It is an ideal time for us to sing Martin Luther’s most famous hymn, “A mighty fortress,” which has long appeared in Anglican hymnals, and even Roman Catholics have been glad to sing since Vatican II.

Luther not only wrote the words but composed the music, and we shall use his original form, which I hope you will agree is actually rather jazzy and, once you get used to it, more exciting and fun than the regular rhythm popularized by Bach.

Paul Emmons, Organist

Announcements – 10/15/17

Welcome to Church of the Holy Apostles! This Sunday, October 15th, will be the 19th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 23.  Our Guest Celebrant for Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:00 a.m. will be the Rev. Canon Shawn Wamsley. The Rev. James Stambaugh, our Deacon-in-Charge, will serve as Deacon and Preacher.

Childcare is available during the 10:00 service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

Name tags are available in the narthex and also on the table across from the rector’s office. Please wear one with your name so that our new rector can begin to become better acquainted with you.

Next week Morning Prayer will continue to be held at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.  On Tuesday the 17th and Wednesday the 18th, other than for Morning Prayer, James, our Deacon-in-Charge, will be out of the office at the diocesan conference, Discipleship Matters.

On Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m., we will hold a service for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. There will be a procession to our columbarium where prayers will be said for all those interred there. The service also will include commemoration and prayers for all our loved ones who have passed.

Save the dates: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 1st, 8th, and 15th. Adult (and Older Teen) Study Group: The Christian Year: The Strange and Wondrous Rhythms of the Church Calendar.”

Save the Date! VETERANS MASS on November 13th, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Veterans Ministry: Monday, November 13th, 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 19 South 10th Street, Philadelphia 19107. All are welcome. Dinner before service at 5:30 p.m. RSVP required: see Facebook diopa-veterans. Parking 10th Street off Market. To add the name of a veteran to the prayer list for this service, please email (please indicate if the veteran is deceased).

 We are continuing to collect photographs of everyone in the parish to make a photo book for our new rector. If you have not already done so, please send a photo of you/your family to the parish office by email to, or by regular mail to the church address. Thanks very much.

We are in the process of updating the parish directory. You will be receiving a request for the relevant information by email, or by regular mail if you do not use email.

Please note that parish office hours next week will be Thursday, Oct. 19th and Friday, Oct. 29th, from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

From the Deacon’s Desk # 1

Starting my first day at Holy Apostles, I began saying Morning Prayer at 8am in the quire section of the church every morning that I am at the church.  I will continue this practice, and will announce in the weekly announcements, on the website, and/or on Facebook what my schedule will be each week.  Anyone and everyone (including children) are most welcome to join me for Morning Prayer anytime.

Morning Prayer from the BCP is a beautiful service and is very ancient.  Our version of the service, along with Evening Prayer and Compline, are derived from the Daily Office prayed by English Benedictine monks and nuns in the late Middle Ages.  The Christian pattern of praying at certain times of the day ultimately descends from Jewish daily prayer practices from the time of Jesus’ first apostles (see Acts 3:1)!

I believe prayer—including, but not limited to Morning Prayer—is the cornerstone of the Church.  I want it to be the centerpiece of everything that I do at Holy Apostles.  I know that some might like to be present for Morning Prayer at the church but are prohibited by time or distance constraints.  God honors prayer from any location!  I encourage each of you to pray every day, whether you use the Book of Common Prayer (a magnificent thing to do!), or not; whether you are able to come to the church building itself, or not.  Please pray: pray for me and for each other.  Pray for our neighborhoods, our country, and our world.

If you want to give Morning Prayer from the Prayer Book a try on your own, but are unsure of how it works, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

With love,

Deacon James