Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Tampa, Florida

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    Saturday, December 17 — 12:00 p.m.

    Gabriel Giving Tree Christmas Party

    Sunday, December 18 — 10:30 a.m. service

    Christmas Pageant

    Sunday, December 18 — 5:00 p.m.

    Christmas Lessons & Carols

    followed by Parish Christmas Party

    Saturday, December 24

    Christmas Eve services

    5:30 p.m. — Choral Eucharist (Rite II)

    11:00 p.m. — Choral Eucharist

    (Rite I with incense)

    A string ensemble will play at both services, with pre-service music at

    5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

    Sunday, December 25

    Christmas Day service

    10:00 a.m. — Choral Eucharist (Rite I)

    Christmas Lessons & Carols

    In what has become a beloved and widespread tradition of the Christmas Season throughout English-speaking Christendom, we will commemorate in scripture and song the narrative of Christ’s nativity in the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday afternoon, December 18, at 5 p.m. The St. Andrew’s Choir will sing the service and will include colorful and enjoyable repertoire from Harold Darke, Peter Warlock, Leonhard Paminger, Otto Goldschmidt, Patrick Hadley and a new setting of the traditional text, “I saw three ships come sailing in” composed for this service by Haig Mardirosian. All will join in familiar hymns and carols. Both a heart-warming, deeply meaningful way to begin one’s Christmas observance and an opportunity to invite friends and newcomers to St. Andrew’s, Lessons and Carols is a service not to be missed.  The annual parish Christmas party will follow in the Parish Hall.

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