St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church has a custom of highlighting a specific field of work on the first Sunday of January.
This Sunday at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services the church will honor those who are working or who have worked in the legal profession.
The liturgy will celebrate a tradition with a long history associated with the Anglo-American legal system and the Anglican Church, called the “Red Mass.”
The preacher at 9 a.m. will be prosecuting attorney John Evans, who has 34 years of experience litigating criminal and civil cases. Currently, he is an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona.
The preacher at 11:15 a.m. will be Jean Cooper, a retired judge who served at the trial level with specialized subject-matter jurisdiction in the federal system from 1977 to 2003.
The lay readers at 9 a.m. will be Ted B. Borek, a trial judge in Pima County Superior Court, and Page Chancellor Marks, management attorney, Goldberg & Osborne.
The deacon will be the Rev. Ralph Taylor, former sheriff’s deputy and sergeant and former police officer and detective who worked in burglary, auto theft, adult sex crimes and homicide.
The sub-deacon will be Virginia Wolfe, former circuit court judge for the state of Wisconsin who still serves as a reserve circuit court judge.
At 11:15 a.m. the lay readers will be Richard Duffield, lawyer and St. Philip’s chancellor; and attorney Amy Fairchild Haer. The deacon will be the Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss, former active-duty judge advocate (attorney) in the United States Air Force, and a law librarian at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
All those who serve in the legal field in any aspect will be invited to stand for special prayers.
The service is free and open to the public.
St. Philip’s also presents special music the first Sunday of each month. The Arizona Brass Quintet will provide instrumental music Sunday at various times during the service.
The Arizona Brass Quintet consists of Tucson musicians Jason Carder and Betsy Bright, trumpet; Greg Helseth, horn; Moisés Paiewonsky, trombone; and David Morgan, tuba.
Bright has been a member of the Tucson Symphony’s trumpet section since 2003. In addition to performing with the Tucson Symphony and the TSO Brass Quintet, she freelances with various ensembles in Tucson and Phoenix and teaches.
Carder’s love for music encompasses all styles. He has toured and recorded with a diverse array of artists, including Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Yanni, Ray Charles and Gloria Estefan.
Helseth is principal horn with the Lincoln, Neb., Symphony Orchestra, principal horn of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and a soloist, clinician and on-call hornist in Southern Arizona.
Paiewonsky is professor of trombone at the University of Arizona and associate director of the Studio Jazz Ensemble. Morgan is in his fourth season as principal tuba of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. In addition to freelancing, he teaches students of all ages.
In conjunction with First Sunday Music, St. Philip’s sponsors a first Sunday food drive. Attendees are invited to bring offerings of nonperishable food in unbreakable containers. Food may be placed outside the entrance to the church. Food offerings are used to replenish St. Philip’s food pantry.
St. Philip’s is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.