St. Philip’s Day: Special Music and Festivities

St Philip croppedSt. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church observes the feast day of its patronal saint in early May each year. Liturgically, the day will be marked with special music. On Sunday, May 3, the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services will feature the thrilling Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, interspersed throughout the liturgy. St. Philip’s adult and youth choirs, with treble soloist, will be joined by members of the choir from Temple Emanu-El to present this monumental work, celebrating our joint Old Testament heritage and our community and friendship through music. This will be a rare occasion to hear the work sung with orchestra, including four percussionists. Well known for his striking musical language, as seen in West Side Story, Bernstein partners his musical expressiveness with one of the oldest of sacred texts, the Psalms.

The public is cordially invited to attend. A freewill offering will be collected during the service. On First Sundays, St. Philip’s has a “food for hunger” food drive to replenish our food pantry to help our neighbors in need. Donations of non-perishable food in unbreakable containers are gratefully accepted. Also on First Sundays, St. Philip’s Prison Ministry accepts donations of new or used paperback books, on any subject, which are donated to Reading Between the Bars to be distributed to prisoners in Arizona.

The day will include festivities in the Plaza beginning at 11:30 a.m. Activities include a dunking tank, karaoke corner, water activities for kids, and fantastic food. The cost for lunch is $7 per person ($20 per family), payable at the event. Proceeds support St. Philip’s J2A youth group.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our parking structure that houses our solar power array. The office phone number is 299-6421.

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