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Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing; And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Bring in the holiday season with First Saint Paul’s Chicago choir and soloists accompanied by orchestra and organ.

This year’s concert includes favorite choral pieces and opportunities to sing along with the choir and orchestra. There will be plenty of favorite Christmas carols along with new and familiar carol settings by Carl Schalk, Jonathan Stahlke, Paul Bouman, Richard Proulx, Michael Praetorius, and others.

A candlelight reception follows. Print a parking pass at http://bit.ly/2AXUurq to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

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First Saint Paul's is honored to host Chicago Choral Artists for this traditional holiday concert featuring choir, strings, and oboe, comprised of carols and anthems for the season, including Bach's Cantata #121, Christum wir sollen loben schon. Watch a short video of what CCA is up to.

Guest artists this year include the Kontras String Quartet, recent artists-in-residence at Chicago's classical and arts radio station, WFMT 98.7FM, with oboist Christine Janzow Phillips.

Buy tickets in advance online or 773-658-9799, or at the door before the concert: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $10/Student. Print a parking pass to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Jazz Vespers and Concert Set

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Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan is known, in part, for holding the very first jazz worship service in the 1960s. Jazz ministry was established at Saint Peter’s with luminaries like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Strayhorn being among those attending and playing regularly. As Saint Peter’s Church website says, "By nature, jazz is an open art form, always growing and exploring new edges to music making. By nature, the church, too, is always listening anew to the voice of God and holding all people in a safe and creative environment to explore what it means to be people of God."

On a recent trip to New York City, our Pastor Tom Johnson enjoyed Saint Peter’s Jazz Vespers on several Sunday evenings. He enjoyed these unique worship experiences so much that he’s invited Ike Strum, music director for jazz ministry at Saint Peter’s, to bring a jazz ensemble to First Saint Paul’s in Chicago as part of a greater, midwestern tour.

The Ike Sturm Ensemble is a family of friends and musicians playing original, contemplative music and creatively leading congregational song at Saint Peter’s Church (the “Jazz Church”) in New York City and around the world. Featuring world renowned soloists Melissa Stylianou (voice), Godwin Louis (saxophone), Tim Albright (trombone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Zach Harmon (drums) and Ike Sturm (bass/compositions).

Please join us on November 10, at 5:00 p.m. as we begin with a Jazz Vespers Worship Service followed by a brief reception before the concert set at 6:30.

If you would like to help support bringing this unique worship experience to First Saint Paul’s Chicago and making these musicians feel at home here, please click the DONATE button below, then select Jazz Vespers from the lisit and enter the amount you’d like to contribute.

Thank you for helping us make these musicians feel at home in Chicago and at First Saint Paul’s.

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Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists presents: Eternity Incarnate

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First Saint Paul’s is delighted to once again host the Chicago Choral Artists on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. They open their season with collections of a cappella music that explore how humanity experiences the passing of time. The program begins with the Rene Clausen's beautiful setting of Tonight Eternity Alone, and features Samuel Barber's Reincarnations and Irving Fine's grippingly reflective song cycle, The Hour-Glass.

The remainder of the program features works by John Corigliano, Eric Whitacre, Gustav Holst, and Dominick Argento.

Chicago Choral Artists, formerly known as the James Chorale, is an ensemble of talented musicians who have been presenting innovative music to Chicago audiences for nearly 40 years. They perform under the artistic direction of Michael D. Costello. For many years the James Chorale was under the direction of James Rogner, former music director at First Saint Paul’s.

You can purchase tickets online or at First Saint Paul’s before the show. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Download a parking pass to park for free just two blocks west of the church in the Franklin School lot on W Goethe St.

Future CCA concert dates at First Saint Paul's

  • A Candlelight Christmas, Saturday, December 8, 7:30 PM

  • Berliner Messe, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

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Aug
26
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

This is our last Summer Choir of 2018. What luck it is the same day as our church picnic! You can come to sing; Stay to eat, drink and enjoy the company of your family and ours.

For our last summer choir session of the year, we'll sing a venerable favorite, Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." You know this tune very well, but did you know it is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from the 10th and last movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723?

Under Bach’s design, the triplets (DUM-da-da DA-da-da DA-da-da DA-da-da . . .) form a choir-song of praise to Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, our joy and our strength. Even when the light, bright major chords give way to the minor key, signifying the turning of life’s circumstances, the Christian’s confession remains the same: Jesus is mine; what shall I fear?

Summer choir is simple. You don’t need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning to sing a beloved song with a familiar melody. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 26th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Of course, you'll want to stay for all the fun of the church picnic immediately following the worship service.

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Aug
5
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

We're having so much fun in Summer Choir. It's a real joy for everyone who comes to sing, and for everyone participating in the worship service. Won't you join us again (or for the first time) or Sunday, August 5 for the next chance to make music with the First Saint Paul's church family?

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 5th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. Or, simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 5th.

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Jul
8
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

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Our first Summer Choir on June 24th was a real joy for everyone who came to sing, and for everyone participating in the worship service. Won't you join us again (or for the first time) or Sunday, July 8 for the next chance to make music with the First Saint Paul's church family?

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 8th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. Or, simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 8th.

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Jun
24
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

Have you ever wondered how church choirs make such beautiful music during worship services? You can find out by joining members of First Saint Paul’s church family for Summer Choir. We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 24th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. You can pick up a copy in the church choir loft June 17th, or simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 24th.

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Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the Nations, come,
Virgin’s Son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.”

We continue our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by choosing as the centerpiece of this year’s Christmas Concert, Bach’s Cantata 61, “Savior of the Nations, Come,” with text by Martin Luther. In Bach’s setting, rich in musical and textual symbolism, Biblical imagery, and the Lutheran chorale, Luther’s great Advent hymn is paired with part of another Lutheran hymn, “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright.”

“O Morning Star” was written by the Lutheran pastor Philipp Nicolai around 1600, about eighty years after the beginning of the Reformation. Nicolai suffered great losses in his congregation as well as in his own family due to the plague but found the inner courage to compose texts (and tunes) of great joy and lasting value. “O Morning Star” and “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying” are often known as the King and Queen of Chorales because of their importance and influence on later Lutheran hymnody.

Other pieces on the program include a new Christmas carol by Carl Schalk, a beautiful setting of Mary’s Song, the Magnificat, and a popular carol by John Rutter. As always, the whole assembly will sing favorite Christmas Carols and hymns. Orchestra and soloists will join the choir. Please plan now to join us for this very special Christmas event. A candlelight reception follows the concert.

The concert planning committee is asking for help preparing baked goods for our guests to enjoy at the candlelight reception. They're also asking for volunteers to help with setup, to serve our guests, and to help clean up following the reception. Contact the church office if you'd like to volunteer your time and talents.

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Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

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First Saint Paul's is honored to host Chicago Choral Artists for this traditional holiday concert featuring choir, strings, and oboe, comprised of carols composed or arranged by American composers. 

Guest artists: Kontras String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Chicago’s classical and arts radio station, WFMT 98.7FM, and Christine Janzow Phillips, oboe.

Purchase tickets online in advance or 773-658-9799, or at the door: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $10/Student.

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Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

Children’s Christmas Program - The Wonder

We welcome you to join us on Sunday, December 10 as the children and youth of First Saint Paul’s share the Good News of Jesus birth. Through their telling, we experience the story of Ben, the dreamy son of a Bethlehem innkeeper who helps his family, and us, see the wonder of the baby born in a manger.

A special note to our families with children, we will rehearse at 11 a.m. on Sundays November 5 and 19 and December 3. On Saturday, December 9, there is a dress rehearsal at a time soon to be announced. This is a time for our families and children to help prepare Christmas Gift Bags for our Community Meals guests and enjoy an evening meal together.

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Oct
7
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists present: Der Schwangesang (Swan Song)

First Saint Paul’s is delighted to host the first in a series of concerts by the Chicago Choral Artists on Saturday, October 7th at 7:30 p.m. This performance features Der Schwangesang (Swan Song) by German composer Heinrich Schütz based on Psalm 119, the Magnificat, and Psalm 100. The concert is presented by CCA Kammerchor, an ensemble of sixteen singers from the Chicago Choral Artists roster, organist Mark Schuldiner, gambist Anna Steinhoff, and bassist Jerry Fuller.

Chicago Choral Artists, formerly known as the James Chorale, is an ensemble of talented musicians who have been presenting innovative music to Chicago audiences for nearly 40 years. They perform under the artistic direction of Michael D. Costello. For many years the James Chorale was under the direction of James Rogner, former music director at First Saint Paul’s.

You can purchase tickets at First Saint Paul’s before the show for $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Download a parking pass here to park for free just two blocks west of the church in the Franklin School lot on W Goethe St.

We are happy to announce that CCA is donating two tickets to their October 7 and December 16 concerts at First Saint Paul's to the silent auction at First Saint Paul’s Oktoberfest on September 23.

Future CCA concert dates at First Saint Paul's

  • A Candlelight Christmas, December 16, 7:30 PM

  • Choral Gems from England, April 7, 2018, 7:30 PM

If you plan to attend more than one concert in the series, discounted tickets are available online at the CCA website or by calling 773-658-9799.

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Jun
16
5:30 PM17:30

Fellowship in the Park

Our Tuesday Evening Bible Study is hitting the parks for the summer. We invite you to bring a picnic and join us for fellowship and music under the magnificent stars and Chicago skyline.

  • Friday, June 16 - Millennium Park. Gather on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. concert (Grant Park Symphony and Chorus performing The Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Friday, July 21 - Millennium Park. Gather on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. concert (Grant Park Symphony and Chorus performing A Broadway Romance, featuring music from classic and contemporary Broadway shows)
  • Thursday, August 10 - Humboldt Park, 1301 N. Sacramento. Gather just east of the Boathouse at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. performance of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare in the Park. This is a short walk from North Avenue and Division Street buses—plenty of free parking! Bring something comfortable to sit on.

Email Dan Hendricksen or Amy Hendricksen for more information.

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May
7
11:00 AM11:00

Artists of First Saint Paul's

One of the greatest gifts God gives his church is the gift of the arts, and he has richly blessed members of our First Saint Paul's community with many artistic talents. On Sunday, May 7, we celebrate the artistic life of the church with a recital and artistic program. Members of all ages who wish to share their artistic gifts will sing, play musical instruments, share their written and visual works to the glory of God. If you have questions, please contact Margaret Danilovich or Steve Wente.

Immediately following the program, we meet in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy lunch together, while Pastor Johnson and others give beer and wine making demonstrations. The day’s events provide a unique opportunity for our community to share what they love. 

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Apr
30
9:30 AM09:30

Children’s Choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church

We’re delighted to have this special choir from Immanuel Lutheran School, under the direction of William Ickstadt, sing during our Sunday worship service.

If you would like to help sponsor the choir, we are accepting donations the day of the service to help defray their travel expenses. We will acknowledge all gifts in the April 30th church bulletin.

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Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Valparaiso University Chorale Spring Tour

Valparaiso University Chorale will present a concert at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church performing a variety of music including works by Maurice Durufle, Francis Poulenc and the exciting Invocation and Dance by David Conte. The program also features the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and a selection of hymns, spirituals and folk songs.

This 48-mixed voice ensemble is among the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States, known for performing an eclectic repertoire that spans from traditional to significant contemporary works, all in their original languages.

Admission is $10 for adults. You can purchase tickets at the door the evening of the event or online here. Admission for those under 18 is free.

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Dec
18
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert

Following a more than 40-year tradition, the First Saint Paul's Church Choir featuring soloists and orchestra, will present their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18 at 4 PM in the church sanctuary. Admission is free.

The First Saint Paul’s 2016 Christmas Concert program features seasonal music including the lovely Christmas Day by Gustav Holst based on familiar carols and selections from Handel’s Messiah. In recognition of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the program also features selections by composers directly influenced by the Reformation movement.

The choir, soloists, and orchestraunder the direction of Steven Wente, cantor and music director at First Saint Paul's and accompanied on the organ by associate Cantor Margaret Danilovichwill also lead the assembly in familiar hymns and carols. 

Everyone is invited to join in fellowship with musicians and guests at a candlelight reception following the concert. Free parking is available at the nearby Franklin School parking lot, just west of N Wells St between W Goethe St and W Evergreen Ave.

Downloaded a parking pass here

 

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Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Constellation Men's Ensemble Concert

Join us on Friday, November 18, to welcome Constellation Men's Ensemble to First Saint Paul's, as they honor the most renowned playwright and poet in the English language, William Shakespeare. While 400 years have passed since his death, the spirit of his work lives on as the inspiration for countless works of art on stage, in the studio and concert halls alike. They will perform settings of his words from Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, and more including a premiere by composer Rob Redei. In the words of the bard himself, "If music be the food of love, play on..."

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Oct
23
9:30 AM09:30

Special Music Sunday - The Pharisee and the Publican

In every successful story, there is something that makes the audience say, “Hey, that’s me!” While it’s helpful to identify ourselves in stories with a moral, it’s even more helpful if they provide a solution to our problem. In Jesus’ story of the Pharisee and the Publican (tax collector), He first shines a light on our current sinful state, then reveals God’s solution for our lives.

On Sunday, October 23, the service music will include a special setting of the story of the Pharisee and the Publican. Written by the composer Heinrich Schütz, it is called a dramatic dialog that contrasts the words of the two men in the parable. Schütz lived in the 17th century, a time in which composers sought new ways to highlight the dramatic nature of biblical texts. 

Join us as musical guests Michael Jones and Joseph Orr sing the dramatic dialog of these two men.

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Oct
16
2:00 PM14:00

8th Avenue Winds Recital

Enjoy an afternoon of music with the 8th AVENUE WINDS as they present their fourth recital at First Saint Paul’s on Sunday, October 16th, at 2PM. This year's program includes the music of Gershwin, Hindemith, Mussorgsky and Mozart.

The 8th Avenue Winds is a woodwind quintet featuring Jaren Hillard (Oboe), Lisa Beavers (Flute), Johanna Johnson (Horn), Lisa Rathje (Bassoon) and Jim Robinson (Clarinet).

A small reception follows in the Fellowship Hall.
 

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