Thanksgiving Service and Dinner

thanksgiving table 3At 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 24, we will gather to thank God for the blessings of our lives. The Rev’d Robert J. Hendrickson III, St. Philip’s Rector, will preach.

Afterwards, join your St. Philip’s family and friends for our annual Thanksgiving dinner in the Murphey Gallery. The Parish Life Ministry will provide the turkeys and wine. Please come and bring one of the following dishes for 8 to 10 guests, based on your last name: A-G desserts, H-P salads, R-Z vegetables. And, mindful of those less fortunate, please also bring a nonperishable food item for the St. Philip’s Food Pantry.

You can let us know how many are in your party and what you will bring by calling the office at 299-6421 or sending an email to Parish Life.

Bring your friends and come share delicious food and good company!


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Kirking o’ the Tartans

bagpipes processionThe “Kirking o’ the Tartans” will be celebrated at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 23, at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Tucson Highlanders, a pipe band dedicated to the music of the great Highland bagpipes and Scottish-style drumming, will head the procession to and from the church on that day.

Scottish and nae-Scottish parishioners and visitors are encouraged to wear their tartans to this service. They will be invited forward at the conclusion of the service to have their tartans blessed.

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Kirking o’ the Tartans is said to have originated during the 18th century, when the English rulers attempted to subdue rebellious Scottish people by prohibiting them from wearing tartans, symbols of their clans and family solidarity. Some hid wee bits of their tartans under their clothes and had them blessed at church. However apocryphal this tale, St. Philip’s uses this occasion to celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Episcopal Church. The Scottish Episcopal Church is important in our history because it is independent of the Church of England. This allowed the consecration of the first Episcopal bishop in the fledgling United States, Samuel Seabury, in 1784, because it took place in Scotland and thus he did not have to swear allegiance to the British crown. As a result, the Communion rite adopted by the Episcopal Church in 1790 was closely based on the Scottish liturgy, rather than the English. At the services on November 23, the Eucharistic Prayer will come from the Scottish Prayer Book.


The public is cordially invited to attend. A freewill offering will be collected.

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 solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.

All Souls’ Memorial Service

On Sunday, November 2, we will celebrate All Souls’ Day with a special Memorial Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. In the Anglican Communion, All Souls’ Day is the traditional time to remember loved ones who have died. Particular attention will be given to remembering those who have died within the past two years, but we will celebrate all of our loved ones enjoying eternal life in the nearer presence of God. We invite families to remember their loved ones by lighting one of the votive candles found outside the church door prior to the service and placing it on the altar. The service concludes with a candlelit procession into the Columbarium Garden for prayers around the ofrenda.

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An ofrenda is a shrine or altar constructed to present offerings to the spirits, used in conjunction with El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This event is celebrated in many Latin American countries, particularly in Mexico, and is a time to remember and honor the deceased. Since Dia de los Muertos is considered to be a celebration of eternal life rather than a sad event, ofrendas usually reflect whimsical portrayals of the dead as they were when they were living. St. Philip’s invites you to remember your departed loved ones by contributing to an ofrenda, which will be set up in the Columbarium Garden at St. Philip’s through November 2. Photographs, meaningful objects, and memorabilia are all suitable offerings. Objects may be placed on the ofrenda any time the office is open (Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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After the All Souls’ Memorial Service, the celebration of life continues with a festive reception in the Perry Garden.

Looking at Last Things: Peace to the Dying, Grace to the Bereaved

death dying series St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church presents a seven part series on death and dying, beginning on Sunday, October 12, at 10:15 a.m. in the La Paz Room. The goals of this forum series are to inform participants of the Episcopal Church’s ethos (theology, spirituality, practices) concerning death and dying; to inform participants of the pastoral resources offered by St. Philip’s before, at the time of, and after death; and to inform participants of available resources in the Tucson community.

  • October 12 and 19: Episcopal Church positions on suicide and assisted suicide, palliative care, burial offices, and ministration at the time of death, with the Rev. Canon John E. Kitagawa, Rector
  • October 26: Philip’s pastoral care resources in support of the parish community, with the Rev. Vicki Hesse
  • November 2: Pastoral care resources both within St. Philip’s and in the Tucson community, with the Rev. Vicki Hesse and the Rev. Karen MacDonald from Interfaith Community Services
  • November 9: Advance planning, powers of attorney, DNRs, and wills and estate planning, with attorney Richard Duffield
  • November 16: Planning a funeral/memorial service at St. Philip’s, with the Rev. Greg Foraker
  • November 23: Community resources, including hospice care and support groups, with the Rev. Dr. Frank Williams
St. Philip's End of Life Planning Booklet

St. Philip’s End of Life Planning Booklet

Please join St. Philip’s Clergy, Community Leaders and Professionals, for this timely and informative series. Held in the La Paz Room (a meeting room off the central garden space between the Church and the office complex).

The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone is welcome at any time. There is no charge.

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

Open House


TourGuideThe long, hot summer will soon be over, school is in session, and fall activities have begun. Why not head back to church? St. Philip’s In The Hills Espiscopal Church is hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are inviting neighbors and other guests to visit and learn about our parish. Come take a guided or a self-guided tour of the campus, and experience our stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, meditation labyrinth, fully stocked library, and renovated Children and Youth centers. We’re showcasing our more than 90 inspiring ministries and classes, renowned worship music, and thriving children’s and youth programs.

The 9 and 11:15 a.m. services feature special liturgical music — Schubert’s Mass in C Major, D. 452. This wonderful mass will be performed for the first time at St.Philip’s and will be sung by St. Philip’s adult choirs with soloists and chamber orchestra. We will also have a Food Truck Round-up in the east parking lot!

Our Open House is an opportunity to get to know you, our neighbors.  Share your Sunday morning with us! We look forward to meeting YOUR family!

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot, entered from Campbell Road just north of the church, or under our solar parking facility on the east side. The campus and Church are fully wheelchair-accessible. The office phone is 299-6421.