Vespers & All That Jazz is a worship experience using words and music from a variety of sources to encounter the Sacred. We understand jazz to be a process of making music; music which shapes the service and helps us experience the interruptive Spirit of God in ourselves and others. The style is experiential. Open minds, open hearts, and open ears are essential. Justice, compassion, peace, and wonder are hoped-for responses.
Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933) was a powerful Methodist preacher in Philadelphia. A self-educated descendent of slaves, he often wrote hymns to go with his sermons reflecting the struggles, faith, blessings and joys of his mostly African-American congregation. He was the first writer/composer of “black gospel music” later fully developed by Thomas A. Dorsey. This service will feature the music of Charles Tindley sung by the choirs/soloists of Unity Missionary Baptist Church, Howard Congregational Church UCC, and Edgehill United Methodist Church.