New JAZZ Worship

Jazz has proved to be very difficult to define, since it encompasses such a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from ragtime to the present day. Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, such as European music history or African music. But because of the individuality of the jazz musicians themselves, and because of the improvisation so closely linked to jazz, no definition is broad enough to cover jazz. So instead of defining, we as the performer or listener, immerse ourselves in the music itself, not being constrained by a definition.

God also proves to be difficult for us to define, since God encompasses such a wide range of understanding since the beginning of time. We try to link God as human, as divine, or to our understanding of higher power, yet the definition of God continues to challenge us. We all have such personal experiences with God but perhaps no definition is broad enough to cover God. 

What a perfect opportunity to combine the undefinable jazz with an undefinable God. This worship will give us another time to worship during the week, especially if we are not able to attend on Sunday. This worship will open a door to experience worship in a different format, and this worship will invite improvisation on every level. 

Jazz Worship will be a trial worship experience held on Thursday nights. We will offer the worship for five weeks, starting July 16th. The service will begin at 7:00pm in the Chapel and last for about 40 minutes. Communion will be offered informally at all five services. The service will include a call to worship, group singing, scripture, reflection, a 5 minute reflection by a lay member, prayers, and great jazz music.

Our featured jazz artist for July 16th will be our very own Don Hausch on trumpet. The remainder of the services, July 23, 30, August 6 and 13, will feature Nancy Anderson on saxophone. Come and experience how jazz can take you into new territory, while still experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit. Come after a long day, a good day, or a challenging day, where Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life, and allows you to reconstruct a new story for the day in the presence of God!


~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on July 7, 2015 at 9:37 am in Featured Content.

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