Choral evensong at Saint James occurs 4 times during the year and is often led by the Elm Ensemble, a vocal ensemble based in southeast Michigan that works to keep the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history. These events provide a chance for us to gather in worship outside of the usual Sunday morning time. They are a chance for local church professionals to attend an enriching worship service that they do not themselves have to lead. And they are a wonderful opportunity to invite to worship anyone in our community who would be moved by a sung evensong service.
During each evensong event a freewill offering is collected, and all proceeds are given to a local, regional, or national charity.
Sunday, March 29, 4:30pm. As the fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day approaches, we meditate on the resilient beauty of all God has made. Music from Rudolph de Lassus, Heinrich Isaac, and Malcolm Dalglish’s song cycle Hymnody of Earth, featuring the poetry of Wendell Berry.
Sunday, February 23, 4:30pm. European baroque masterpieces and early European and American hymnody help us consider our reliance on God, the goodness of offering our praise, and the joy that comes from living in God’s light. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, October 13, 4:30pm. Early American and European hymns and anthems help us explore God’s abundant love for us and our own grateful response for the fall harvest and all that the land gives us. Music of Billings, Pachelbel, and Alice Parker and Robert Shaw’s celebrated setting of Amazing Grace.
Sunday, April 7 4:30pm. Gather with us to hear and sing music that will remind us God’s love for us, fill our hearts with song, and strengthen us for the road ahead. Reception to follow.
Sunday, March 3, 4:30pm. What is light, and what does it do? We often think of God as invisible. This evensong program invites us to think about ways God is visible in our lives and our world. Featuring the music of Egil Hovland, Thomas Tallis, Robert White, the Taizé Community, and Blind Willie Johnson.
Sunday 30 September, 4:30pm. Like the Israelites and Jesus and his family, millions of people around the world move away from home and homeland seeking safety, employment, and a new life. Gather with us in a brief evensong service to hear and sing music exploring these biblical themes and music by immigrant composers as we experience together a beautiful evensong liturgy.
Easter Vespers: Sacred HarpSunday 29 April, 4:30pmSaint James Episcopal Church, Dexter Featuring songs of hope and comfort from the Sacred Heart tradition—Gather with us in a brief vespers service to hear and sing music from the Sacred Harp shape-note tradition. First...