Announcements May 28, 2017

Church School and Youth Group will not be held this weekend.

The Sunday Morning Explorers are reading the first chapter in Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Gotham Books, Penguin, New York, 2005. The book’s confrontative and shocking sub-title is How to Finally, Really Grow Up.  The theme of the book is finding and feeding one’s soul. We meet on Sundays from 8:45 ’til 9:45 in the Chapter Room.  Newcomers are always welcome.

About Today’s Music:  On Thursday, we observed the Ascension of our Lord.  It is not uncommon to extend that celebration to the Seventh Sunday of Easter which is also referred to as the Sunday after Ascension Day.  As one might expect, our music reflects this theme.  Along with several of today’s hymns, our anthems depict the majesty of Christ ascending to his Father.  Our offertory anthem, O Rex gloriae, is a setting of the Magnificat antiphon for the 2nd vespers of Ascension Day by Italian renaissance composer, Luca Marenzio.  Marenzio is one of the few composers of this period who wrote more secular music than sacred, and it shows in this piece.  The influence of his madrigals is most obvious in his use of text painting.  Ascending scales are paired with the words which depict Christ ascending to heaven and corresponding descending scales are paired with the words which depict the descent of the Holy Spirit.  Highly rhythmic music suggests triumph and the piece ends with an energetic series of Alleluias.

Weekday Services: Our Taizé service, composed of candlelight, icons, short readings, intervals of silence and contemplative chants is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30pm in Emmanuel Chapel.  Our last Taize of the season will be the second Wednesday in June, which is June 14.  We will start up again in the Fall.  The Tuesday Bible Study and brown bag lunch continues each week after the 12:10 service.

The Thursday evening Theological Study group will reconvene in the Fall.  Dr. Hanson’s paper on “Jesus’s Influences Prior to Beginning His Active Ministry” is in the Chapter Room.

Indivisible Dinner: Join us for a potluck dinner on Thursday, June 1 from 5:30 to 8:00pm in the lower hall.  We’ll explore why we care and how to be joyful amidst adversity.  For more information, contact Jennifer Morris at 303-7334.

Choral Evensong:  Our final Evensong service of the season will be held June 4 at 4pm.

Pentecost Readers Wanted! Are you fluent in a  language other than English?  We are looking for parish members who would like to be involved in our multi language reading of the Gospel on Pentecost Sunday, June 4. To participate, please contact Susan McCuller at smcculler@gmail.com .  Thank you!

Graduating Seniors: We will recognize our graduating seniors on Sunday, June 4 during the 10:00 service.  Please let us know if you are or know of a young person graduating from high school this year.  Contact the church office (office@cathedralofstluke.org) or Jonathan Radtke (jradtke@cathedralofstluke.org) with names of people to be recognized by Wednesday, May 31 by noon.

Lukuleles , Monday June 5: The Lukuleles are a loose-knit group of ukulele players and those who want to be.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, including those who have never played a ukulele. We gather at 7pm in the upper parish hall.

Annual Church Picnic: Join us on Sunday, June 10 immediately following the 10:00 service.  The cookout will be in the front circle weather permitting or in the lower hall in case of rain.  We’ll provide beverages and items to grill, please bring a side to share.

The Artist’s Way is a spiritual program to unlock our creativity based on Julia Cameron’s book. This group will meet weekly, beginning on Monday June 12 to share our experience and thoughts on each week’s readings and activities. Monday afternoons, 4:30-6:00 in the Oratory. Contact Linda Carleton, lindacarleton01@gmail.com

From St. Luke’s Building and Grounds Committee:  Over recent years, several arborists have been consulted about the condition of our lovely beech tree. There has been unanimous agreement that the tree is nearing the end of its natural lifespan, and that there is little that can be done that would reverse its decline. We are following through on advice that annual pruning of dead limbs will likely extend the tree’s life a bit, and minimize the possibility of property damage by dead or weakened limbs falling. Sam Allen, Junior Warden and Committee Chair