We seek a deeper relationship with God and each other in Jesus Christ through:
Celebrating the sacraments faithfully
Proclaiming the Gospel boldly
Embracing diversity joyfully
Serving all passionately
as a Cathedral.
Gnaw on This—and Feed Your Soul
Find the Gospel and some “food for thought” in the Dec. 8, 2013, Gnaw on This
for the Second Sunday of Advent.
Our regular schedule of Sunday worship services is 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. For full details about the two services, visit Services
. You can read recent sermons at On the Table,
the Cathedral Blog
. Also, Dean Kinman has started a new blog, Come Together,
to help share with the Christ Church Cathedral community the projects and initiatives with which he is involved. What’s more, the blog serves as a communication forum—another means by which we can all Come Together
Christian Education for Children and Youth meets Sundays at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Bishop Tuttle Memorial building, adjacent to the Cathedral.
Also at 9 a.m., the Adult Forum meets either in the Davis Room (just to the right of the red door on the southeastern side of the Cathedral) or at another spot that will be announced.Taizé Prayer Services on Dec. 1 and Dec. 31
In December, our monthly Taizé Prayer Service take places Sunday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. in Bofinger Chapel. (The shift to the first Sunday instead of the second avoids a conflict with the Diocesan Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.) Plan also to join us for the Special New Year’s Eve Taizé Prayer Service presented by Confluence: A Center for Spirituality, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral’s High Altar.
From January through May 2014, Taizé Prayer at the Cathedral will return to its regular schedule: the second Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Chapel. For more information, visit Taizé Prayer
Catch Up on Our News Every Wednesday
For the latest news and information—including items not posted to this website—check out Wednesday Weekly
. We will link Wednesday Weekly
each time a new edition is emailed. Or, if you want to receive it automatically, subscribe via RSS Feed or email Annette Carr
, Cathedral administrator, to join our email list.
Advent at the Cathedral
Advent is a season of solemn, joyful preparation for the birth of Christ. Those words “solemn” and “joyful” might seem strange together, but they’re not. Solemn joy is not the surface joy of “fun,” but the deep, deep joy of giving ourselves away in love. Below are some of the ways you can be a part of this solemn and joyful Advent at Christ Church Cathedral.THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 15
Collection of Personal Care Items for
Trinity Food Ministry
Remembering that Christ came into the world as a child without a home, for the first three weeks of Advent we are collecting personal care items—laundry soap, dish soap, toilet tissue, bar soap, shampoo, disposable razors, feminine hygiene items, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste—for the Trinity Food Ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End. You can bring these items to church and leave them in the designated collection basket.WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 AND DEC. 18
Our Holy Eucharist in Bofinger Chapel starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by a light breakfast in the Davis Room for those who can stay. This brief service is a midweek boost to your spiritual life—and early enough in the morning so that you can get where you need to go on time.SATURDAY, DEC. 7
Road Builders for the Lord: An Advent Quiet Morning
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mercy Conference and Retreat Center (2039 N. Geyer Rd., Des Peres, MO 63131), The Rev. Canon John W. Kilgore, M.D., will explore our role in preparing for the coming of the Lord. Spend this Saturday morning settling into the Advent season before the Christmas rush and explore how you can be a better “Road Builder for the Lord.” The $25 fee includes a continental breakfast and snacks. Register with The Rev. Canon John Kilgore
and on Dec. 7 bring your check, made payable to Confluence Spirituality.SUNDAY, DEC. 8
Second Sunday of Advent
Each Sunday of Advent, in our 9 a.m. Adult Christian formation time in Schuyler Hall and in the sermon at 8 and 10 a.m., we’ll be looking at a different part of the main way we meet Christ each week—the Eucharist. On this Sunday, Dean Kinman leads the “Coming to Peace” discussion at 9 a.m. and preaches at 8 and 10 a.m. about the call of John the Baptist to repent, and how we do it every Sunday in confession, repentance, absolution and the peace.Diocesan Service of Lessons and Carols, 6 p.m.
Choirs from the dioceses of Missouri and Springfield, Ill., join together for this ancient service of word and song.SUNDAY, DEC. 15
Third Sunday of Advent
Dean Kinman leads the “Bread for the Journey, Wine for the Wilderness” discussion at 9 a.m. and preaches at 8 and 10 a.m. about the new life in Christ we receive when we lay our lives on the table in the Eucharist.SUNDAY, DEC. 22
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Deacon Robert Franken leads the “The Road Goes Ever On” discussion at 9 a.m. and preaches at 8 and 10 a.m. about us being the Word made flesh—the Body of Christ—in the world, sent out in the dismissal at the end of the Eucharist.Hanging of the Greens
After the 10 a.m. service, join us in hanging the greens and beautifying the Cathedral for Christmas!Evensong, 5 p.m.
Draw the season of Advent to a close with this beautiful service of Advent anthems and scripture readings. The St. Martha’s Guild hosts the reception afterward.MONDAY, DEC. 23
Blue Christmas, 7 p.m.
This quiet, candlelit service of readings, prayer and song is designed to address the needs of persons with feelings of sadness or loss caused by death, divorce, illness, unemployment or other issues.
The Music of Advent
Dec. 8 is a special Sunday in our concert schedule, as we are hosting two musical events: At 2 p.m., Webster University faculty and students present “A Holiday Gift to the People of St. Louis.” Have dinner afterward at a nearby restaurant and then return at 6 p.m. for the Diocesan Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, performed by choirs and instrumentalists from Missouri and Springfield, Ill. It’s an afternoon and early evening of music you won’t want to miss!
Our concert events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. For more information about this concert and others in the series, as well as our monthly Evensong concerts, visit the new website Shepley Concert Series
or this website’s Shepley Program of Music and Art
page. You can also download and print a PDF of the Fall 2013–Spring 2014 Shepley Concert Series Schedule
We Are Christ Church Cathedral!
Our stewardship year themed “We Are Christ Church Cathedral” kicked off Sept. 29 with The Rev. Dahn Gandell, our special guest preacher, and will continue throughout the year. So all are invited and encouraged to offer completed pledge forms to God and to the church. This is a powerful time when each of us is called to present the commitments of time, talent and money that God has invited us to share generously, joyfully and sacrificially. Every single person has gifts to share—and those gifts come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Please think and pray and share with loved ones about how you might share your first fruits.
Pledge forms are available in several locations around the church; please note that special pledge forms for children and youth are available from Vicar Cortright. You can also give online securely via our online pledge form.
Back to Basics Returns in 2014
Back to Basics
is a year-long series of sessions through which we dive into basic theological concepts and explore them in all their meaning and mystery. On Wednesday evenings from Jan. 29 through Feb. 26, 2014, “Basic Bible” will be the subject. You don’t have to have taken any of the other B2B courses to take this one: All the B2B courses stand alone.These classes are important—and so we ask a commitment to attend all five weeks of a class.
The courses are being offered in an ongoing rotation, so if you can’t commit to all five, you’ll know that the classes will come around again. There is a $50-per-person nonrefundable fee to cover food and class materials, but don’t let cost be a deterrent: Financial aid is available.
For further information, email Dean Mike Kinman
. Or download and print 2013–2014 Back to Basics Flyer
, a PDF that includes course descriptions and series dates. And to learn more about Christian formation for adults at the Cathedral, visit Adult Christian Education
Break for Lunch and Midweek Prayer
Every Wednesday this year, Christ Church Cathedral is offering “Midweek Prayer Break,” a brief service of prayer, scripture reading and silent reflection in the old Kemoll’s space on the first floor at One Metropolitan Square. The service runs from 12:05 to 12:20 p.m., so you can still have time for lunch and other noontime activities.
If you work downtown or know people who do, we hope you’ll join us in this opportunity to make prayer a part of your weekday life. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitting Cathedral-related Work Orders
See a maintenance problem around the Cathedral? Planning a meeting or an event? There’s a place now for you to submit work orders: A new hanging file rack has been placed in the Bishop Tuttle Memorial building, just behind the guard’s desk on the first floor. You will find work order forms for both building issues and event planning. You can also download the Event/Activity Work Order Request
or the Building/Maintenance Work Order Request
, complete the appropriate form, and either leave a paper copy in the file rack’s proper slot or email a scanned copy of the completed form to Cathedral Administrator Annette Carr
Phone messages and regular emails with instructions often don’t provide enough information to get the job done—and they can get lost in translation. We ask that everyone use these forms to make processing work better for the staff as well as for the person requesting the work to be done.
Diocesan News in the Formats You Want
Keep informed and engaged through a wide array of articles, news and events chronicling our life as an Episcopal diocese. Weekly and monthly publications—such as iSeek
and ESM News
—are available in email formats. Seek
magazine offers the delivery option of email or postal mail. You can even receive up-to-the-minute news via RSS feed. Find out more by signing up at Diocesan Email Subscriptions