Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Tampa, Florida

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    Tuesday Evening  Lenten Series

    The Gospel of Mark and the Synoptic Gospels
    It would not be unfair to call Mark the essential Gospel. We will study the earliest Gospel we possess, its date, authorship, audience and relationship to the “the oral traditions” about Jesus. In this five-week course we will address several major themes, including the absence of Birth and Resurrection stories, the “Messianic Secret,” the sense of urgency throughout the Gospel, and the “little apocalypse.”

    Our facilitator is  Fr. Ed Rich. Each evening will begin at 5:30pm with a service of Holy Communion in the Children’s Chapel, followed by a potluck supper at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall and then the program at 6:30pm.  Dates are as follows: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, and 17.  (The Bach Bash will take place on Tuesday, evening, March 24.)

    Stations of the Cross -- Fridays in Lent
    Come and join us for the Stations of the Cross on Fridays in Lent. This 30 minute devotional will be observed on Fridays at 12:10pm running through Good Friday on April 3rd.
    Our Stations of the Cross, a gift from Nathan & Jane Simpson, are a series of pictures representing certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident. Formerly the number of stations varied considerably in different places but fourteen are now generally acknowledged. The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make in spirit, as it were, a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. It is carried out by passing from Station to Station, with certain prayers at each and devout meditation on the various incidents in turn. It is very usual, when the devotion is performed publicly, to sing a stanza of the "Stabat Mater" while passing from one Station to the next.

A Message from Father Reese

Rev. John Reese

Welcome to Saint Andrew’s website. I am glad that you have discovered us in cyberspace and invite you to come and see what we have to offer. We are a diverse group of Episcopalians who live in all parts of Tampa, ranging far and wide from South Tampa to Westchase to Wesley Chapel to Valrico. We come together in downtown Tampa to worship God in the beauty of holiness in a lovely, historic Spanish mission-style structure (built c. 1904).

While having a variety of theological viewpoints, we enjoy traditional worship according to the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church. At Saint Andrew’s we strive to do liturgy decently, reverently, and in order, as Saint Paul directed. Our music program is second to none and we uphold the great Anglican choral tradition. We offer many educational opportunities for everyone, from Sunday School for all ages to youth groups to Tuesday night and Thursday morning adult classes. We place much emphasis on outreach. Being a downtown church, we are well aware of the many homeless and transients in our immediate vicinity and seek to reach out to them. For example, we distribute free bag lunches to 50 people every day, Monday through Friday.

We seek to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, learning, and service. I invite you to come and visit us on a Sunday morning. I trust that you will find Saint Andrew’s to be a place of hope, healing, and hospitality in the midst of downtown Tampa.

Yours in Christ,
Father John Reese's Signature
The Rev’d John Reese