A Service of Evensong | Sundays at 5:00pm
Join us for a short service of prayer and music at 5:00pm. The 3rd Sunday of the month, we'll engage in conversation over a simple dinner during our C.S. Lewis Forum.
C.S. Lewis Forum | January 22
*Note: This is has been moved from the usual date of the month.
Join us for dinner and a panel discussion, topic TBA. The Forum is designed to be a place of “Mere Christianity,” where ideas of consequence are discussed with intellectual virtue and love, and understood in light of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
What is the Goal of this New Evensong Service?
To draw new people into the worship of God through the historic beauty of Evensong, with a special outreach focus on college students (but open to all). The meal and the C.S. Lewis Forum are additional “spaces of belonging” that create room for relationships to be deepened and for us to “commune” together through dialogue and a shared meal.
How is the new service of Plainchant Evensong different from the Choral Evensong services we’ve held for years?
Plainchant Evensong invites more participation from the parishioners, is more intimate, and includes a short homily.
Is this only for college students?
While we hope this service will create a “landing pad” for college students, it is absolutely open to all ages; in fact, this will make the community much richer.
How often does the meal happen?
The meal is every week, with only a few exceptions throughout the year due to special events.
What exactly is the C.S. Lewis Forum?
The C.S. Lewis Forum is a space for our parishioners to learn about and discuss ideas that impact how we live and to think “Christianly” about such topics of cultural and intellectual importance. The Forum will always be led and guided by a speaker or panel of speakers who are qualified to address the topic at hand. It looks like our October Forum will be on “Refugees and Nashville.”
Participate in E100 with St. George’s
1. Connect with the E100 group on The City to find the weekly readings and engage in discussion with your church family.
2. Read daily beginning on Monday, August 29.
3. Join any of our Bible-focused Sunday School classes.
4. Share your experiences and join the discussion on The City!
Read more about The City and connect with the congregation online between Sundays.
An Invitation from the Rector
Beginning in late August, we will be encouraging each other to take up the E100 Challenge, a Bible study published by the venerable interdenominational Scripture Union offering a “systematic approach that guides readers through the big picture of the Bible without getting bogged down and frustrated. The E100 is a carefully selected list of short Bible passages –50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. The passages are usually one to two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less” (e100challenge.com). We will complete the challenge by the first part of 2017.
The Rector’s Forum this fall will be devoted to review and reflection on the selected readings from the previous week. The format will be slightly different; rather than a strictly lecture-based class, we will incorporate more time for questions and discussion, as well as some teaching on content. We will also be encouraging our small groups throughout the parish to engage the E100 Challenge, hoping our dedication to this devotional curriculum will not only prove immensely edifying to us as individuals but also generate energy and conversation around the parish.
I recommend The Essential 100 book written by Whitney T. Kuniholm available in our Bookstore. The book includes the plan for daily readings as well as a prayer, a reflection, and space for journal entries each day. Also, the E100 study plan is available on the YouVersion Holy Bible App, extremely popular among mobile device users.
Just ten minutes a day over a sustained period of time may make all the difference between your knowing Jesus and simply knowing about Jesus. I am excited about our E100 Challenge this fall, and I hope you will participate.
We are pleased to welcome the next class of Fellows at St. George's. Each of these Fellows will spend the next 9 months in the St. George's community, worshiping, leading our youth, and participating in the vibrant life of this congregation. As part of the 2016-17 class of Nashville Fellows, they will live with a host family from St. George's, attend classes together, work in local internship, and discern together the call God has for their lives.
The Fellows arrive in Nashville the week of August 20 to begin their time among us. Please join us in praying for their full immersion in our community, that they would feel loved and supported during this year of discernment.
Visit thenashvillefellows.com to learn more about the Nashville Fellows Program.
Hi, I’m Emily! I’m from Abington, Pennsylvania, a suburb ten minutes north of Philly. Though I was born in Pennsylvania, when I was one year old my family moved to Budapest, Hungary with our missionary organization, Serge. My first memories are from Hungary—I remember lots of warm, friendly people doting on my brother (Josh) and me, because we were cute, blonde, and blue-eyed American children. After fifteen months there, my family moved again, to Vienna, Austria. I spent the next five years of my life there, learning German, attending an international school, and generally enjoying the beautiful and historic city of Vienna. It was a pretty ideal childhood for both Josh and me—Vienna is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world, and all the parents wanted their kids to be friends with us so that they could practice their English with native speakers. (This explains my appreciation for everything Austrian or German, and why German Studies became one of my double majors in college). When I was eight we moved back to the states, and I spent a few years at a private Christian school, and then being homeschooled, before ending up in public school. Because of these experiences—moving around quite a bit, and having grown up surrounded by a language other than my native language—I have a heart for immigrants and people learning English for the first time. In high school I also went on two missions trips to Granada, Spain to put on English camps for Spanish children. My summer after senior year was spent in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, as part of a German exchange program. These trips only solidified my passion for forming relationships with people in different countries, and for communicating despite language barriers and cultural differences. This is something I continued to grow in later at college, through a program that paired American students with international ESL students.
After graduating high school in Philly, I followed in my father and brother’s footsteps and headed off to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Despite being a bit unprepared for UVA’s more southern culture, I learned to use “y’all” like a pro, and fell in love with Cville. I joined Cru shortly after arriving, and found several close Christian friends as a result. I led a Cru girls small group during my second and third year. Academically, the plan was to major in English and to maybe teach, but I forgot all about that when I took my first Religious Studies class, “Elements of Christian Thought.” I was exposed to a variety of different theologies for the very first time, and my Sunday school faith began to crumble. I took as many Religious Studies classes as I could, some of my favorites being “Christianity, Gender, and Sexuality,” “Spiritual But Not Religious,” and “Religion and Modern Fiction.” My faith has definitely been through a lot of ups and downs throughout the past four years, but I’ve come out much more humbled at how little I know, and hungry to learn more about different faiths and experiences, and about how I can approach these as a believer.
Concerning my future, and what I want to do with my life, I’m honestly very uncertain. I know that I enjoy making people feel welcome, especially if they are immigrants or seem to be excluded or marginalized. I also know that I love listening to stories, especially true ones from peoples’ lives that provide me with new perspectives and teach me to better empathize. Because of these things, I think a lot about vocations involving counseling, ESL, or some type of social work.
In my free time over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed reading all kinds of fiction, spending time outside, and watching any TV shows written or produced by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, or Mindy Kaling. I also enjoy trying new foods and exploring new places. See you all soon in Nashville!
My name is Andy Moore. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. My parents met at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. I was fortunate to have a supportive family several layers deep to lay a proper foundation for my life. I have passed under the guidance and supervision of many strong Christians throughout the years, but I can’t neglect to recognize my fortunate advantage in those early years especially.
I graduated from Mississippi State University in May of 2015, where I studied Political Science. I have immense appreciation for the school, the town of Starkville, and people they’re comprised of. I was not as eager for college as most, thus I was perpetually surprised with how I flourished there. In college I felt celebrated and sought, things that, outside of my family, were largely unfamiliar to me beforehand. I had wise and godly mentors that tirelessly polished me and revealed worth I didn’t know was there. The success I had there was great, but the failure was even better, because it revealed error and was one of my greatest teachers. I had a taste for a broad selection of activities while a student, and was enriched by many groups and associations. I was in the marching band for a time, wrote for the student newspaper, worked as a houseboy at a sorority house, and was involved with my fraternity and various campus ministries. One such ministry was RUF, an incredible channel of teaching and encouragement that perhaps rose above the rest in the way it has shaped my college and post-college experience and spiritual perspective.
Since graduation, it could be said I’ve had a year of purposeful wandering. I worked at a summer camp, a homeless shelter, and a thrift store, and also spent enough time unemployed to make me sweat. My life trajectory seems to always stay mysterious, and a college degree didn’t provide the clarity, security or confidence I expected. This reality was harsh to reckon with for a time, but God’s guidance accounted for that, and I found that it was still as present, and powerful, outside of comfort, familiarity and community as it was within it. It has been a great season of reflection and refinement, an extended and different sort of “education” for sure.
I am now writing this bio from North Truro, Massachusetts, a town on Cape Cod (I stay on the “wrist” of the “arm” that is the cape, if you’re unfamiliar geographically as I was). I’m working with Cape Cod National Seashore as a conservation intern. And though I don’t necessarily plan to follow that trail to a career, it has been a superb opportunity to indulge my enthusiasm for nature and national parks, as well as provide me with professional experience and exposure the culture of an unfamiliar portion of the country.
As for my interests, the following may get you on your way to becoming an Andy-expert, something I’m still far from accomplishing myself: concerts (festivals, small shows, big ones – they’re soothing to me and offer a bit of transcendence); books (and anywhere they can be found – libraries and bookstores have long been a second home); conversation (I try to listen well, and furthermore, to listen to understand rather than simply respond). Additionally, I’m ever excited about trying new things and experiencing life from the vantage point of another.
Thanks very much for taking this first step toward getting to know me. I’m eager to get to know all of you and am hopeful for our friendship.
My name is Sara Parks, and I was born in Nashville and raised just down the road in Cookeville, Tennessee. I spent my youth living there in the country, often playing outside with family and number of nearby cousins. My immediate family consists of my parents, a brother, a half-brother, and a half-sister. We siblings are a rather diverse bunch, with vocations ranging from farming, to the Navy, to being a proposal writer and mother of two. My parents raised my brother and myself mostly in the Episcopal Church, which has come to play a significant part in the course of my life.
In my younger days, soccer dominated my spare time, until the sport became overshadowed by horseback riding. Then, most of my afternoons and weekends were spent at the barn or at horse shows. My high school started an equestrian team my junior year, through which I competed at Nationals as a junior and Regionals as a senior. I rode on my university’s equestrian team three of my four years there, qualifying for regional and zone competitions my sophomore year, and attending a national collegiate competition with a select group of riders my sophomore and junior years. My desire to grow deeper roots and greater connections to the people and place in which I only had a short while left led me to leave the equestrian world and spend my senior year exploring the outdoors and rock climbing instead.
Furthering my experience of life in Middle Tennessee, I attended college at The University of the South. Better known as Sewanee, the university is owned by multiple dioceses of the Episcopal Church and includes a School of Theology. By the end of my first semester, I decided I would major in chemistry. Shortly afterward, I picked up a professor’s research project synthesizing new dyes to be used in solar panels and continued work on the project for two semesters and two summers. Throughout that time, I presented my research at university and regional meetings of the American Chemical Society. The project was recently completed, and a published article is likely to come soon.
Though the selection of my major came early in my college career, it wasn’t until my junior year that I chose to pick up a minor in music. I received lessons first in guitar and later in piano. I continue to play both, though guitar remains my strong suit. My musical interests are focused in the Classical and Romantic eras and in the 1960s American folk revival, along with—and especially so—the music that has come about in response to and growth from that movement, including most varieties of the folk genre.
Though at times flustered by the breadth of Sewanee’s liberal arts agenda, it instilled in me a deep appreciation of and liking for a diverse range of subjects, including chemistry, music, philosophy, literature, religion, and environmental studies. My interest in literature was first kindled by reading John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and has carried me through works from Hemingway, to Thoreau, to Plato. Because of Sewanee’s affiliation with the Episcopal Church, I became more educated about and involved in the tradition during my time there, leading me to enjoy writers and poets such as C.S. Lewis and George Herbert. Through an environmental studies course I recently traveled to Iceland, and, mostly through family trips, I have also traveled south to Mexico and St. Lucia, as far west as Hawaii, and east to and around England.
I am thrilled at the opportunity presented by Nashville Fellows to live in the city of so much music in which I was born. More importantly, I am thankful for the opportunity to spend the coming year in close community with a group of like-minded individuals, learning how to live out Christ’s love for us in our own lives and work—and hopefully also discerning what God’s call to each of us in that work is.
The Rector’s Forum - Meet Director of Music Ministries
Sunday, September 4 at 10:05am in Johnson Hall - listen below!
Meet our new Director of Music Ministries, Woosug Kang, who shared his thoughts and vision on how music plays a role in the parish and in our lives through worship. Woosug grew up in New Zealand where he was first exposed to the music and liturgy of the Anglican church, and he is excited to get to know the members of St. George’s.
Letter to the Parish
It is a joy to share that I have called Mr. Woosug Kang to join our staff as Director of Music Ministries following a months-long and quite extensive search process to fill this vital role for St. George’s. Woosug currently serves as Director of Music at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tuscon, Arizona. He begins his new ministry among us on August 22, 2016.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Woosug moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand as an early teenager. He received a Bachelor of Music with honors at Auckland University and also earned a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Woosug is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, anticipating his degree in the fall.
At St. Philip’s, Woosug oversees three adult choirs, a youth choir, and a children’s choir. Among a variety of other leadership roles, he has been responsible for initiating an After-School Music and Homework Program, an outreach of the parish that works with two elementary schools and 20 under-privileged children in grades 3-5. Woosug is also active as an organ recitalist having given concerts across the US, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. He is well-formed by the Anglican choral tradition and has studied with some of the brightest lights among church musicians worldwide. He has an impressive background and conducting skills, as well as a keen gift for translating the meaning of sacred texts through music. Woosug possesses artistic talent in abundance and will be a visionary leader.
This call was hardly made in a vacuum and flows from the hard work and feedback of many people whose contributions to this process need to be acknowledged. First of all, I wish to offer my deepest gratitude to the Music Search Committee chaired by Clay Jackson. The other members were: Butch Baxter, Nancy Cheadle, Tibby Christenberry, John Fitzgerald, Julie Haley, Catherine Holsen, Calvin Lewis, Frank Puryear, Martha Rodes, and Steve Taylor. This stellar committee worked long hours, poured over a far greater number of applications than any of us anticipated, traveled to visit candidates, and offered invaluable insights and counsel in presenting me a slate of finalists for the position. I cannot thank this group enough for their dedication.
Second, I am profoundly thankful for Marjorie Johnston who has served as our Interim Director of Music Ministry the past six months. Marjorie is the embodiment of gracious professionalism and musical excellence herself, offering outstanding leadership during this interim time. Personally, I share that she has also been a delight to work with and have on staff.
Third, I want thank the choir singers who obviously form the backbone of our music ministries. They have carried on with patience and dedication during another season of transition, and I am deeply grateful for their continued commitment to our worship life.
Again, I am excited to share the news about Woosug Kang. We are poised for a new chapter with our music ministries, building on a great foundation but definitely moving forward under Woosug’s leadership and vision. I am eager to share in ministry with him. It is a blessing that Woosug has accepted our call, and I know he is excited too. He is a good man and delightful personality, and I thank you in advance for welcoming him to our common life in August.
Yours in Christ, Leigh
Fall Worship Schedule
7:30am Holy Eucharist Rite I — A spoken service in the Nave
8:45am Holy Eucharist Rite II — A traditional service with beautiful choral music, and an opportunity for healing prayer after the Eucharist
9:00am The Table — A modern setting of the Eucharist in Johnson Hall led by a music team. Healing prayers are offered after the Eucharist.
10:05am Sunday School hour
11:15am Holy Eucharist Rite I — A traditional service with beautiful choral music, and an opportunity for healing prayer after the Eucharist
5:00pm Evening Prayer with Holy Eucharist Rite II — A spoken service of Evening Prayer with Eucharist in Chapel
5:00pm Evensong — Weekly evensong begins Sunday, September 11. Join us for alternating choral and plainchant evensongs in the Nave, followed by a dinner in Hampton Hall with fellowship and conversation.