Come hear the world premiere of
Sanford Dole’s latest choral composition!

After staying home last December we asked, “What traditional activities did we miss?” Our December concert examines three areas of holiday merriment: singing Christmas carols, attending a choral concert, and going to the ballet to see The Nutcracker. You’ll hear modern settings of carols from Britain as well as Central and South America. We’ll introduce several new-to-us Christmas pieces, including the premiere of Sanford Dole’s recent composition, Peace on Earth. Finally, you’ll dance your way home after hearing Harry Simeone’s inimitable choral arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite, which adds charming texts to Tchaikovsky’s familiar score.

COVID-19 Notice. All BCG singers and staff have been vaccinated. Both singers and audience must observe all government health mandates that are in force on the day of each concert and any requirements imposed by the concert venue. This may include providing proof of vaccination and/or wearing masks.
Bay Choral Guild

Sanford Dole, director

Holiday Traditions

​Sunday, December 5, 2021 4:30pm (pre-concert lecture at 4:00)

St. Mark's Lutheran
1111 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco

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Every Sunday:
  • The Early Liturgy (8:30 am, in person). This 45-minute service features creative storytelling using Godly Play, congregational singing, embodied prayer, and Eucharist; it promises a special experience for children.
  • The Adult Forum (9:15 am, hybrid) This 45-minute discussion meets in the conference room and on Zoom. Join us in a conversation about joy in the midst of the pandemic.
  • The Late Liturgy (10:30 am, hybrid). This 75-minute liturgy highlights song, prayer, reflection, and personal sharing. Zoom coffee hour convenes online immediately following in the same Zoom room, so stay on to connect with others after the service.

Every Week:
  • Zoom Morning Prayer (Tues-Fri 7:30 am, on Zoom). This 45-minute intimate gathering for prayer and reflection on the day's scripture follows the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.
  • In-Person Morning Prayer (Mon-Fri 8:00 am, in person). This hour-long prayer service meets in person and incorporates St. Gregory's signature style of smells, bells, and chanting.
  • The Bible Study (Wednesdays 12:00 pm, on Zoom). This hour-long free-ranging bible study is making its way through the Gospel of John, led by Rick Cornelius.
  • Story of a Saint Evensong (Wednesdays 5:00 pm, on Zoom). This 30-minute liturgy offers a prayerful time of reflection, meditation, and learning about one of our dancing saints. NOTE: This week, there is NO SERVICE due to the Thanksgiving holiday. You can find the leaflet for the service here.
  • The Book Study (Fridays 12:00 pm, on Zoom) is reading Paul Fromberg's recent book The Art of Disruption. Led by the author. NOTE: This week, there is NO BOOK STUDY due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Other Upcoming Events:
  • The Elder Women's Group (Wed. Nov. 24th, 10:30 am, hybrid). This group is for St. Gregory's women over 65 and meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday on Zoom and/or in-person as reopening continues. For more info contact Tonia or Ebba.
  • The Icon Painters Group (Sun. Dec. 5, 12:30-5:00 pm, in person). This group is for icon writers who would like to develop their craft with others. Contact Betsy for more information.
  • East Bay Evensong (Thurs. Dec. 9th, 6:30-8:00 pm, on Zoom). This group meets on the second Thursday of each month for Gregorians in the East Bay to share prayer, fellowship, song, and a meal together. For more information about East Bay Evensong or to attend, contact Leesy.
  • The North Bay Group (Sat. Dec. 11th, 2:00 pm, in person). This group was recently formed for Gregorians living in the North Bay to connect spiritually with each other and meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Contact Laurie for details.
  • St. Gregory's at Anchor Taps (Sun. Dec. 12, 12:15 pm). Join friends from St. Gregory's for beer and barbeque this Sunday after the late service. Everyone is welcome; non-alcoholic options are available at the food truck.
  • The Vestry (Sun. Dec. 19, 12:30-2:00 pm, in person and on Zoom). The vestry meets in the downstairs conference room and on Zoom. Contact Tim for more information.
Our Shared Life
  • This week we pray for Carla DeSola who is recovering from a fall.
  • If you would like to participate in our Sunday Liturgy as a reader in person or on Zoom, you can sign up by contacting Peter who will share the new sign-up information with you.
  • We are actively recruiting more zoom hosts and camera deacons for our hybrid service. If you'd like to help out, contact Peter.

Rebuild South Sudan THIS SUNDAY
THIS SUNDAY, at noon, we have the opportunity to hear Michael Kuany, one of the former Lost Boys of Sudan and the founder of Rebuild South Sudan, speak about the struggles and challenges of the people of Jalle. Jalle is a small river community in South Sudan. Covid is there too, but their most urgent struggle is with the rising waters of the Nile, whose flooding has covered their homeland. The level of displacement and disruption of life is staggering.

Many of you will remember a few years ago when our Katie Rivers and her colleague Michael Malaak came to Retreat and church to share Michael's experience walking out of wartime Sudan, his life in refugee camps, and his long commitment to returning and working to alleviate poverty in his homeland. Often the spirit of resilience is the only resource the people of Jalle can call on in their quest for stability. The diaspora community, like Michael Kuany, work with local village members like Samuel Kuar Kuol - who is pictured here delivering supplies to Jalle - to provide urgently-needed resources as well as working for longer-term stability. Katie continues to serve as the US-based executive director of Rebuild South Sudan.

We have asked Michael Kuany and Katie to update us on their work as Rebuild South Sudan. Please join us either in the Sunday liturgy zoom room or in-person at church for this hybrid gathering. 
Announcements from Friends and Partners

  • The Calling All Choir meets this evening, Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 - 9:15 pm.
  • AA Big Book Meeting takes place at 10:00 am every Saturday at St. Gregory's. Enter by the ground floor admin building entrance.
  • The Food Pantry is open this Saturday as a neighborhood pop-up pantry. Prepacked bags of food are distributed on Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm or when all food has been given away.
One Last Thing

Start your Thanksgiving Day celebration with sung Morning Prayer on Thursday, November 25, at 9:00 am in the church. Everyone is welcome!

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