Revisit our LGBTQ+ Pride Choral Evensong
On June 5th, St. Martin's hosted Pennsylvania's first Pride Evensong with music from the Choir of St. Martin's as well as Organist Parker Kitterman and singers from Christ Church Philadelphia. Revisit the collect written by The Rev. James H. Littrell and the sermon from the Rev. Nora Johnson below!
Collect for Pride Evensong from the Rev. James H. Littrell
"Almighty and ever-living God, in whose image humankind is created in diverse and marvelous ways: We give you thanks for the prophetic witness of ancestors whose voices cried out for justice and who across many generations sacrificed life and liberty so that we might live more freely in the bounds of our love for one another. May the example of their lives lead us more and more to become the community of Light and Love which is the birthright of all your children and into which you summon us by your Incarnation. We pray this night for those throughout the world who live in mortal danger because of who you have made them to be. Support and succor them with the certain knowledge of your love. When they and we cannot see your Light in the darkness around us, remind us that by your grace we are given life, love, laughter, and companions on the way. Help us to love one another as fully as you love us; and in that love to forgive even them that hate us, so that in your Light we may see light, and in your path of Love we may not stumble, but find life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit live, One God, glory everlasting."
"Beatitudes for Pride" — Sermon for Pride Evensong from the Rev. Nora Johnson
Worship continues both in-person and online. See below for how you can be a part of it. Check the current schedule and links to register below.
Music is an integral fundamental part of the worship and life of St. Martin’s. A typical Sunday Eucharist will include two anthems, and a psalm sung by the choir, as well a congregational mass setting (sometimes choral settings are used) and hymns. Congregational singing is an important part of our worship; music adds heightened meaning to texts and scripture and is a wonderful medium for expressing the inexpressible in times of joy and gladness, or in time of difficulty and sadness.