January 14, 2022 | Ordinary Time
Worship at CHT
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Live Streaming
Sunday Morning Prayer
11:00 am
To participate in Online Worship:
To keep everyone safe, we will be live-streaming worship at 11:00 am on Sundays on Facebook. You will be able to view this worship at any time after it uploads. The video will be at the top of the page when you click the button below. A digital copy of the bulletin is also available below, and can always be found again on our website.
Compline Services
5:30 pm
A brief service for the end of the day. Join us on Facebook at 5:30 pm.
Morning Prayer Weekdays
9:00 am
Tuesday* - Friday
*Please note, there will not be morning prayer this Monday, Jan. 17th due to the holiday
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here to participate.
Open Hearts Cafe
4:30 pm
Sundays & Tuesdays
Care for your community with wide-open hearts. Help hundreds stay clothed and fed each week by donating your time to CHT's outreach ministry. Read more below or click here.
This Week at CHT
Notes from the Music Desk
Donald Meineke, CHT's Director of Music, gives us a background overview of the music in this Sunday's upcoming bulletin! Keep an eye out in the future as we continue to expand sections like these with posts from clergy and staff directly to you!
T. Frederick H. Candlyn, an English-born organist/choirmaster who immigrated to the U.S. and served several Episcopal parishes in the Northeast (most notably St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City from 1943-1954), sets the poetic text Christ, whose glory fills the skies by the prolific hymn writer, Charles Wesley, in a stirring anthem for choir and organ. The text continues the Epiphany themes of light, daybreak, and Christ as our Morningstar.

Both the entrance and closing hymns this week, Songs of thankfulness and praise and When Christ’s appearing was made known, work their way textually through the principal events of the season: the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan by John the Baptist, the wedding at Cana, and the transfiguration of Christ on the mountain peak.

Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness, found in the “Holy Eucharist” section of the hymnal, flourishes with imagery of a great banquet in which Christ nourishes us with heavenly food and drink and, thus, places us as a guest at the very wedding feast we hear about in Sunday’s gospel. Bach’s gentle setting of the hymn for organ from The Leipzig Chorales opens with a delicate dance in the accompaniment on which the beautifully ornamented melody floats. Max Reger, a German composer and organist who lived and worked in Leipzig 200 years after Bach, is well known for his fiery and technically challenging organ compositions. His Prelude in e minor serves as a bold final acclamation to the doxological closing of the hymn Erhalt uns, Herr. 

Plainsong, sometimes referred to as “Gregorian chant”, is the church’s oldest form of sung prayer. Every major world religion utilizes this most primal form of sung speech, each with its own formal structure and flavor. In all cases, there is some form of a “recitation tone” which covers the majority of the individual sentence or phrase, and additionally includes a flex at midpoints or termination at the end.

Both The Third Song of Isaiah and Te Deum are set to plainsong with different treatments to showcase the versatility of this ancient genre. Fauxbourdons originated in the 15th century as music developed from monophony (one voice) to polyphony (many voices). The fauxbourdon offers a stark contrast to the simple plainsong which serves to highlight particular verses of the canticle. If you listen closely, you’ll hear the melody of the chant in the tenor voice while the other voices harmonize around the tone. 

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Youth, Children, and Families
Last Sunday's New Year check-in was so fun, we've decided to host our All Ages Zoom Room every other week! That means the next one will be Sunday, January 23rd at 4:00 pm. Join in for games and chat!

Please email Rachel at for more information on how to join.
Helping Hands
There are all kinds of ways you can get involved at the church – from home, in-person, even from afar! We might not all be able to get together, but we can all lend a hand and share our gifts! Check out this space each week for new opportunities:
The volunteers for CHT's Open Hearts Cafe have been working hard to give those in need warm clothes and hot meals - and having a great time doing so!

We're always looking for more hands to help out though. Are you ready to give with wide-open hearts?

Click here to sign up!
Every Sunday and Tuesday at 4:30 pm.

In these current COVID times when activities are harder to safely organize, we ask you please consider joining this life-giving ministry in the spirit of fellowship. Open to all ages 16 and older (or accompanied by an adult).

You can also help out by making a donation. As a new ministry, this is not yet part of the regular church budget, so we need help from everyone in the surrounding community. If you would like to make a contribution, click here to give through Realm, or by writing a check to the church and designating “Open Hearts Cafe” in the memo line.

With your help, we can feed and clothe our neighbors for years to come!
We are all Rittenhouse, no matter what! Open Hearts Cafe is about helping our neighbors
Giving back with a smile - even hidden under a mask!
We are in urgent need of any of the following men’s clothing items to further support the Open Hearts Cafe, but particularly coats! Also:

  • Pants
  • Sweaters
  • Shirts
  • Socks & underwear,
  • Sneakers, work boots, and casual shoes. 

All sizes are needed. We're looking for warm, comfortable, casual streetwear.
Also needed are gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, and health/beauty items in travel sizes. The only women’s items we need are scarves, hats, shoes, boots, and gloves. Please no other women’s items at this time.
All items can be dropped off Sundays and Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm, at the Walnut Street entrance to the Centennial Room.

Donations left at the doorstep without anyone from the church available to collect them are likely to get rummaged through or ruined! Please email us if you'd like to schedule a drop-off at a different time!
1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-1267