Full summer Sunday at St. Luke’s in Sedona
Fellowship time on the portico, two Sunday morning masses, grand hymns of faith sung in the liturgies, and Jazz at the Church concert tickets being distributed make for a very full and celebratory day at St. Luke’s, Sedona.
The Sunday masses include the fifth in a series of 24 sermons preached during the season of Trinity.
Throughout the season basic questions are being addressed about what it is to be Christian in the 21st century.
This Sunday’s sermon - preached at both masses - focuses on a reading from the third chapter of 1 letter of Saint Peter, in which love of the brethren is examined along with the importance of patience in persecution.
Also included in the sermon will be an examination of a reading from the 5th chapter of the gospel of St Luke, in which Peter’s response to the unexpected catch of fish is explained.
Sunday’s hymns - which are sung at the 11 a.m. liturgy - include Johann Freylinghausen’s “Spread, O Spread, Thou Mighty Word,” J. Michael Haydn’s setting for “How Firm a Foundation,” and William H. Jude’s “Jesus Calls Us.”
Following both morning masses a fellowship hour takes place on the portico of the church, and includes coffee, iced tea and light collations.
Also part of the festivities of the coffee hour will be the sale and distribution of the next “Sedona Jazz at the Church Concert,” which takes place on Sunday, July 31, beginning at 3 p.m.
The concert - which is part of the parish’s Jazz at the Church concert series begun in 2009 - brings together two gifted musicians - bassist Zirque Bonner and pianist Les Czimber.
As Zirque will be leaving Sedona shortly for an extended stay in California, the concert is a “must” for devotees of Jazz and Zirque’s playing. More information can be secured on the parish web site.
Each Sunday two masses are celebrated - a 9 a.m. Holy Communion, which is a quiet liturgy with sermon but without music, and the principal service of the day - the 11 a.m. Solemn High Mass, which includes hymns, a sermon, singing of the liturgy and the full ceremonial of the historic Church.
The 9 a.m. Mass is also streamed on the Internet in it’s entirety, and is posted each week on the parish website.
St. Luke’s is an Anglo-Catholic parish and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona. Its bishop and rector is the Right Reverend David Gregory McMannes, who founded the parish in 1988.
The church is located on Highway 179 in the Chapel area of Sedona, between the Back ‘O Beyond and Chapel Road roundabouts.
For more information on the church, Jazz Concerts and Mass schedules, telephone St. Luke’s at 282-7366, or visit episcopalnet.org.