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  • Recent Sermons Archive | St. Philip Episcopal

    Sermons - Audio & Video Click the BLUE links below to play Palm Sunday 4/10/22 "Jesus, the Passion-King" Video Maundy Thursday 4/14/22 "They Will Know that We Are Christians by Our Love" Video Good Friday Worship 4/15/22 "The Greatest Story Ever Told: What Sweet Love Is This?" Video Fourth Sunday of Easter 5/8/22 "We Are Sheep" Video Fifth Sunday of Easter 5/15/22 "For God's Sake, Love One Another" Video Sixth Sunday of Easter 5/22/22 "We Are Not Alone!" Video Easter Vigil 4/16/22 "Easter Vigil Service" Video Easter 4/17/22 "Easter Sunday Service" Video Second Sunday of Easter 4/23/22 "The Peace of the Lord Be Always With You!" Video Third Sunday of Easter 5/1/22 "Breakfast with Jesus" Video

  • Home | St. Philip Episcopal

    St. Philip Episcopal Church READ MORE >> Welcome With activities and ministries for all ages. We seek to provide opportunities for worship, growth, fun and service. CELEBRATE WITH US THE HOLY EUCHARIST - To worship God in the Anglican Tradition- WORSHIP SERVICES GOOD NEWS ​ Note: Due to the recent announcement by the Bishop, we have resumed our in-person worship services at 8 am and 10:30 am each Sunday. All previous and updated protocols of a worship service, including Holy Communion, will be observed. We will continue to provide a LIVE PODCAST (click this link) 10:30 am Sunday Service and a follow-up streaming video that will be available during the week. We encourage everyone to use their personal Book of Common Prayer during these services. The Sunday Podcast bulletin is available as a page on this website (click here) . Sunday Morning 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Contemplative Service (no music) ​ 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Music with organ and Cantor Live Podcast (click) CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR BOTH SUNDAY SERVICES ON A FUTURE DATE Wednesday 12:10 PM Healing Service with Holy Eucharist READ MORE >> HELP US TO SPREAD OUR LOVE AND FAITH We strive to provide a sanctuary for prayerful worship within a respectful and welcoming environment and to meet the spiritual needs of our parishioners and community, using Christian ideas and values. READ MORE >> Important Links: Worship Services, Meditations and Articles Worship this Week ​ Archive of Sermons ​ Fr. Terry Hosting"Faithfully Memphis" ​ Archive of Fr. Terry's Meditations and Articles ​ Stimulus Giving! 2021 Stewardship Campaign ​ "Love Fully - Share Faithfully" ​ ​ ​ "Virtual Bach" Parts I-IV J.S. Bach German Organ Mass Performed by Dr. Richard S. Townley **Please note: Hyperlinks to documents, St. Philip website pages, and other websites are (example) underscored with dark blue letters . Simply click the blue link and it will open a new browser page to that object.

  • Men's Club | St. Philip Episcopal

    Men's Club ​ Did you know, if you are an adult male and a member of St. Philip you are automatically a member of the Men's Club. Come join us for our next meeting. We enjoy a fellowship meal, discuss upcoming projects and activities, and get to know each other little better. We meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. ​ Thank you! ​ Led by "Master Chef" Charles Wilburn and "Chef" Herkie Hill, the Men of St. Philip completed another summer of specially prepared breakfast for our members, guests and visitors. ​ To the loving memory of our brother, Charles Wilburn, who is now enjoying heaven. We will miss you our dear friend! ​ Michael Armour President - Men's Club ​

  • Meditations & Articles | St. Philip Episcopal

    Father Terry's Mediations and Articles "Keep Calm and Carry On" ​ "Be Mindful of Other Epidemics" ​ "Allow your Hearts and Homes to be a Temple of God" ​ "Prepare a Place for a Sacred Space" "Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!" ​ "Patience is a Virtue" ​ "St. Patrick Day -- Every Day" ​ The Prayer of St. Patrick ​ "We're Back (Sort of. . .)! ​ "And We Begin Again. . ." "Stimulus Giving"

  • The Book of Common Prayer | St. Philip Episcopal

    The Book of Common Prayer ​ I have been amazed during my home visitations that many Episcopalians do not have their own copy of The Book of Common Prayer. Say what? EVERY Episcopalian should have their own copy or at least a family copy of our beloved prayer book. Among other things, we are known as Lenten People and as Easter People but Anglicans, especially, are also historically known as Prayer Book People. The Book of Common Prayer is not just a Sunday prayer book that is in the pews for Sunday worship. It was also designed to be used by the people of this faith community for home devotions, meditations and worship. The early vision of the Prayer Book was that it was to be used for the benefit of the church for worship and for the private use by the people. Until you can get your own copy, the download link of The Book of Common Prayer should be useful. The Book of Common Prayer. Fr. Terry + ​ ​

  • Worship Ministries | St. Philip Episcopal

    Worship Lay Ministries During times of Worship, there are several lay participates who actively contribute to our Holy experience. These people are Parish members and their ministry actions represent the worship community with Holy participation. If you are interested in serving the ministry of the church in any one of these capacities, please contact the Church Office: . ​ Ushers Acolytes An important ministry for our youth and adults is to serve as Acolytes. The word “acolyte” means “helper”. With the Acolytes’ responsibilities, they perform valuable services in helping those in charge of the Worship. At the beginning of the service, they are lighters of the candles and extinguishers of the flame at the end. During the processional, they may carry candles (torch bearers), banners, or the cross (crucifers) as the ministers and choir enter or exit the church. The Acolytes assist with the Gospel Procession when it is read from the center of the church. They also help with receiving the offerings from the congregation and assist the priest with his or her duties at the Altar. St. Philip welcomes worshipers who want to become a part of this vital ministry. Training is scheduled at convenient times for participants. ​ Parish ushers are persons who help ensure a smoothly running church service and who ministers to people in a variety of practical ways. Their duties include greeting people as they arrive for the service, assisting people with special needs, collecting the offering. St. Philip provides a pocket tag that easily identifies our ushers. As the worshipers arrive, the ushers will act as doorkeepers, greeting each person with a smile, shaking hands, and handing out bulletins. They are also available to answer visitors’ questions and extend extra help in seating those who need the assistance. They are ready to assist anyone in the congregation who might need help, to aid latecomers in finding a seat, and to inform those in the sanctuary of any urgent matters. The ushers will always present first-time visitors with a welcome gift bag. As a part of the liturgy, the ushers are responsible for taking up the church offering and then walk back toward the alter during a hymn of praise. They hand the plates to the Verger who then presents it to the Rector who blesses the tithes and offerings. Also, they count the number of worshipers so the Rector will know the amount of bread and wine to prepare for the Eucharist. After the service, ushers will again be at the door to greet the congregation as they leave and provide assistance as needed. The ushers will then make sure that the sanctuary is tidy, the thermostat is adjusted, and the lights are shut off. The heart of an usher is that of a servant, and he/she does this work for his Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:24 ). The church usher has a true love for the people of the Parish and a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship in the house of the Lord. . ​ Verger Ministry The term verger usually refers to a member of an Anglican Church who takes on the extra duties of planning the details of services, participating in religious processions, and can substitute for any worship role except Priest or Deacon. The word verger comes from the ceremonial staff or rod that the verger carries during these processions — in Old French, a verge is a "twig, branch, or wand of office." Vergers serve the church in a ministry of welcome. Often a visitor to a new parish church will see the verger in a simple black cassock moving about the church before the worship service, checking fonts, candles, and in general prepping the church for solemn worship. The verger is usually the first person a visitor meets and cheerfully responds to any inquiry concerning the upcoming service, church facilities or current program offerings. Logistically, a verger’s support allows the clergy more time for pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. Many of the other typical verger duties include assigning, training and checking in lectors, chalice bearers, acolytes and prayer intercessors. The verger coordinates with the altar guild and funeral guilds, checks lighting, and the Priest’s vestments and liturgical hangings. Above all, he/she works behind the scenes making sure that everything runs smoothly during the liturgy. All of the Verger's duties are specific to the church in which he/she serve and can evolve through many years under the direction of the rector. ​ Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) Lay Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday eucharist or other principal celebrations of the eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed for either or both ministries. This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the eucharist. ​ Lay Readers The Lay Reader volunteers to read the Scripture Lessons during worship services. The Book of Common Prayer directs that laypeople should read the lessons preceding the Gospel. The readers at St. Philip are provided a printed copy of Lessons well in advance so they may practice their reading. All scripture readings are derived from the Episcopal Church Lectionary . ​ Oblation Bearers Oblation Bearers are responsible for processing the oblations (the bread and wine to be offered for consecration) to the altar during the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). They also represent the entire congregation in which we offer our lives to God as a “reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice.” ​ Offering Counters The Offering Counters count the Sunday and special service offerings and prepare the receipts for bank deposit. They document the giving for the finance secretary who then enters the information in the church finance database, preparing a record for each giver.

  • Flower Guild | St. Philip Episcopal

    Flower Guild The Flower Guild currently consists of dedicated parishioners who rotate Sundays. Each member is responsible for arranging or ordering flowers for the altar on her/his Sunday, as designated on our calendar. In addition to regular Sunday services, the Flower Guild takes care of ordering and placing the Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias at St. Philip. We also handle the flowers for any special occasions such as a reception for the Bishop, the new Confirmands, etc. We welcome anyone who is interested to team with us. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please email the church office: .

  • Choir & Music | St. Philip Episcopal

    Note: We hope to reinstate our choir soon. "Praise the Lord with the harp: s ing unto Him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise." ~ Psalm 33:2-3 St. Philip Episcopal Church Pipe Organ Music Performed by Director of Music Ministry Dr. Richard S. Townley ​ Ensemble dandrieu_o_filii_et_filiae 00:00 / 08:23 van_noordt_psalm_24 00:00 / 05:28 Praetorius 00:00 / 04:51 "Virtual Bach" Part I J.S. Bach: "German Organ Mass" ​ "Virtual Bach" Part II J.S. Bach: "German Organ Mass" ​ "Virtual Bach" Part III J.S. Bach: "German Organ Mass" ​ "Virtual Bach" Part IV J.S. Bach: "German Organ Mass" ​

  • Episcopal Church | St. Philip Episcopal

    The Episcopal Church Welcome to the Episcopal Church—a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The Episcopal Church is the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States, Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands and parts of Europe. As of 2010, it was a church of 2,057,292 baptized members making it the fifteenth largest Christian denomination in the U.S. In keeping with Anglican tradition and theology, the Episcopal Church considers itself "Protestant, yet Catholic." We hope you join us! To learn more about the Episcopal Church click here . The Right Rev. Pheobe Roaf Bishop of West Tennessee Diocese The St. Philip Confirmation of 2020 To Receive the Diocesan E-Communicator If you would like to receive the weekly Diocesan newsletter, The Communicator and Diocesan updates, you can subscribe by going to this link: DWT Subscribe ​ Relief for Victims of National and Global Disasters and Needs Considering a way to assist the victims of disasters and needs in the U.S. and abroad? Episcopal Relief and Development is working in these areas to provide help to those impacted. You can donate through St. Philip by noting "Relief Fund" in the memo line of your check and placing it in the offering plate. You can also donate directly to the Fund via their website . FIND YOUR FAITH During these times of crisis locally, nationally, and internationally, the Bishop of West Tennessee, The Right Rev. Pheobe Roaf, brings us a message of hope in her Easter Sermon of 2020.