Jazz Vesper Service

Last Jazz Vespers service for 2017 will be Sunday, May 7 at 4 PM.
Be sure to join us before we break for the summer months. We will see you next fall!

WHAT: Vespers, Sundays at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary
WHEN: September – May weekly
WHO: Pastor Denise Clark-Jones offers prayers, scripture, and homily. Music by Central Illinois Jazz Great, Dave Hoffman.
WHO’S IT FOR? Everyone, young and old …

Peoria Presbyterian Church Gets Jazzy
WGLT, Sept. 23, 2016

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“Peace Like a River” featuring the Heritage Singers under the direction of Sharon Samuel Reed:

Beginning on Sunday, October 18 at four in the afternoon, we are inaugurating our new Jazz Vesper service.  For some time we have felt the need to expand our worship format into new territory.  In looking over the various possibilities, we decided to stay within the tradition of Westminster’s commitment to using only the finest music for worship.  Thus, we have turned to the great American musical form … jazz.

Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz in praise of our God.  We have asked Dave not to water anything down, but to use the best of his art in the service of this worship.  He’s promised to do so, and we are excited to witness the results.

Vespers are a very old tradition in the Christian Church.  It is one of the historic Canonic Hours of worship observed in monastic enclaves beginning in the Middle Ages and continuing to the present.  The form is simple with Scripture, Prayers and music … along with a short Homily (sermon) and concluding with the Lord’s Supper. It will be a forty minute service, keeping it within the bounds of possibility for even younger children.  We hope it will truly become a way to bridge all age groups … worshipping together each week.

The service will start on October 18 at four o’clock and be observed weekly through the first week of December.  The second Sunday in December is our traditional service of Lessons and Carols (to which you are also invited).  Then on the third Sunday of December, we will celebrate a Jazz Christmas that will be a surprise for all, and a real treat.  After the Jazz Christmas, we will take a break until the second Sunday of January.  From then the service extends weekly through the end of May, with the exception of Easter Sunday. Come and join us for Jazz Meets Faith at four each week here at Westminster!