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Contemplative Evening Worship, Fall 2023

Evening Contemplative Communion and Contemplative Prayer services provide meditative music, readings, candle lighting, silence, and more. These services are meant to be an especially welcoming entry into Christian/ecumenical worship life, limiting jargon and complex service structures to make it easier for people with all types of worship backgrounds and experience to quickly enter into community. Join us in person or online at and on YouTube at You will be able to go to the Pilgrim website and find the service there in the near future as well. Note that many evening worship recordings are deleted in the week following a service, as a part of our efforts to comply with copyright. You can listen to the available past services at

Contemplative Communion (Celtic)

September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10 at 6:51 pm

Includes original music and texts by Dick Hensold and members of the community.

Contemplative Prayer (from Taize and Similar Traditions)

November 5 at 6:51 pm

Short songs that are sung repeatedly in a mantra-like, meditative manner. Led by the Contemplative Choir (Tenor-Bass). All are also welcome on October 29 at 4 pm at Episcopal Homes, 1850 University Ave W in St. Paul.

Outdoor Contemplative Communion

September 17 at 6:51pm on Prior Ave, no livestream

Includes short mantra-like songs, Word Weavings by Julia Lopez and more! Led by the Contemplative Choir (Tenor-Bass).

Contemplative Prayer (from Nordic and Other Lands)

September 24, October 22, and November 26 at 6:51 pm

Rooted in music from Scandinavian countries, now also featuring music and influences from around the world. Preludes by guest musicians begin at 6:40 pm.

Guest musician for September 24: Tjärnblom Folk Quartet

Cheryl Paschke (nyckelharpa), Joe Alfano (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar) and Val Eng (harmonium) are members of the folk quartet, Tjärnblom, Swedish for “woodland lake flower”. Their music features a beautiful blend of Nyckelharpa, Octave Mandolin, guitar, and Harmonium. They play a repertoire of both old and new Swedish, Finnish, Minnesotan and original tunes for dancing and for listening. They’ve performed across the Midwest, and have appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion show. The name Tjärnblom honors a band member’s Swedish grandfather. Tonight they will be playing selections from their recently released CD, “Woods”.

Contemplative Prayer: Compline (Night Prayer)

December 3 at 8 pm

Ancient sung chants and hymns for advent. Led by the Contemplative Choir (Tenor-Bass).


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