To Be A Light

To Be A Light – Evensong for Change


During the office of Evening Prayer in the Episcopal Church, we pray the Magnificat. Not only is it a canticle of praise, but it is filled with language concerning justice, power structure, and uplifting the marginalized and the needy. He hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.

Time and again, Christ demonstrates love and commitment to the marginalized, the outcast, the impoverished, and the hopeless. Just as Mary was chosen to bear Christ, the Light of the world and Love eternal, we, too, are chosen and ordained to bear Christ’s light, and to share the love of God with all.

Evensong for Change is a way that you can participate in sharing the Light of Christ with the world. For each Evensong at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, we are partnering with a local non-profit that targets justice issues such as homelessness and assistance for at-risk women and youth. We will educate about the mission of each organization, and donate 100% of the plate collection toward each respective organization.

Below are the scheduled Evensongs and our partnering organizations.

September 20th, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Feast of St. Matthew, the Evangelist

Edward II: Edward II serves Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) aged 18-24 who are at risk of homelessness, including youth aging out of foster care.

October 18th, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist
Sponsored by Elizabeth Gillespie Women in Music Fund

A Woman’s Place: A Woman’s Place (AWP) is the only 24-hour supportive residential services in San Francisco offering emergency shelter and long-term treatment programs to women and transgender women with special needs due to mental disabilities, sexual or domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV+/AIDS-related issues.

February 2nd, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Feast of the Presentation

Braid Mission: Braid Mission is a non-profit organization whose intergenerational mentoring program is designed to support Bay Area youth who have experienced life in the foster care system.

March 21st, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Feast of the Annunciation (observed)

HOMEY: The mission of HOMEY is to transform the lives of high-risk youth and inspire them to not only choose a path of education, self-sufficiency and non-violence, but also strive towards physical, mental and emotional health. We do this through the youth development practices of skill building, relationship building, youth participation in decision-making, and community involvement.

June 1st, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Feast of the Visitation (observed)

St. Mary’s Youth Group Mission Trip: The St. Mary’s Youth Group is a place where our teens can find a safe place to grow as a community, and grow in their faith. Loving leaders and teens meet weekly for Christ-centered discussions and games. In addition, from time to time we participate in some kind of community service, from feeding the hungry in San Francisco, to traveling internationally on our annual Youth Mission Trip.

All Evensongs take place at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin (2325 Union Street, San Francisco).

God is calling us to be a light. Join us.

Eric Choate
Director of Music
The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin