Advent Lessons and Carols 2016

Advent Lessons and Carols is a beautiful and moving service comprised of readings and music associated with the Advent season.  This year's service was done on December 16, 2016.  If you were unable to attend, please click here to experience the event. Enjoy!


Evensong is the fully sung service of Evening Prayer, as found in the Book of Common Prayer. The service of Evensong has been offered for centuries to worshipers around the globe at the close of the day. No homily is included and the service runs approximately 40 minutes.

The service is led by the choir and a cantor. Congregants join in singing hymns and the antiphons of plainsong canticles, as well as intoning the responses to the prayers, the creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. The choir rounds out this meditative service by offering several anthems appropriate for the church season.

St. Philip’s will offer evensong the first Sunday evening of Advent and the first Sunday of Lent this year.


Tenebrae from the Latin means “darkness”. The service of Tenebrae has origins in the church dating back to the eighth century and commemorates the final hours of Jesus life on earth. The tone of the service is one of deep and solemn meditation. The Tenebrae service includes the Solemn reproaches of the cross which have their origins in the Good Friday liturgy of the Latin Church. During the service, light is gradually extinguished to symbolize the dimming of the light of the world as Christ departs from it.

St. Philip’s offers choral Tenebrae on the Wednesday evening of Holy Week.

40th Anniversary Celebration for Debbie Skillman

The Choir of St. Philip's Church celebrated the 40th anniversary of Mrs. Debbie Skillman as organist and choirmaster at St. Philip's Church.  The choir commissioned a special worked inspired by Mrs. Skillman's inspirational departing phrase "Make a Joyful Noise" as the choir exits the choir room each week to sing at the 10:30 service. Choir members secretly practiced (and practiced) this piece for many months and were accompanied by Mr. Steve Skillman (Debbie's husband) on the French Horn. It was a wonderful (and surprise) gift from a loving choir to their adored choirmaster.  Such Joy!

Follow the link to see and hear this fabulous performance.

Music Contact

How Can You Get Involved? Contact Debbie Skillman at, or leave a message at the parish office 910-457-5643.