Prayers in the Park
Thursday Nights, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a socially distanced, informal, outdoor service Thursdays in Beth Israel park at 3rd and Maple. Bring a blanket or chair and gather for evening prayer at 6:00pm in the space outside of St. Paul’s Manor.
This service will follow closely the liturgy of the cathedral’s Doxology Life service using alternative and creative liturgical elements for evening prayer, and making extensive use of light and dark symbolism as the sun approaches the end of its daily journey in the beautiful setting of Balboa Park. The service bulletin will only be available electronically; please bring your smart phone. Masks and six-foot distancing will be strictly required. Temperatures will be taken prior to seating. Per state and diocesan guidelines, people over 65 or at high risk for coronavirus are encouraged to stay home and continue worshiping online.
Where is the gathering held?
The worship service is held at Beth Israel park on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Maple St., in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego. Click Here to view on Google maps.
When is the gathering?
For now, the gathering is every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. COVID conditions change often, so stay tuned to the website for last minute changes. The start time may also change with the setting of the sun.
What happens at the gathering?
A worship service that lasts about 30 minutes.
What is the worship service like?
Our service is experimental, participatory, experiential and a reflection of those present… Everyone is invited not only to participate in the service, but to help create as well! Each time we gather, you will see people who have volunteered to present or embody the 6 roles/sections of each service. They are:
- The Officiant: Leads the opening and closing sections. Provides a closing prayer.
- The Psalm: Taken from the Daily Office Lectionary readings for the day.
- The Reading: Also, from the Daily Office Lectionary readings for the day.
- The Canticle: Any canticle or song, that you bring to offer.
- The Prayers: Any prayers from the BCP or otherwise, that you bring to offer.
- The Music: Leads or provides the background service accompaniment.
Volunteers are invited to lead, embody or interpret that role/ section/ content in any way they choose – If you want to share a song, dance a Psalm, or lead a prayer… awesome! Or, if you simply want to read the text- that’s awesome too. By allowing our worship to reflect our community, not only do we get to learn from and share in each other’s gifts, but we are able to worship God with all the beauty, diversity, and creativity of the community- a living doxology!
Can I invite others?
Yes! Please feel free to forward this to others you’d like to invite, and don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns.
For more information, please email Jeff Martinhauk or Christian Gillette. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates, as conditions change quickly! You can find the event on our calendar here and the liturgy here.