Prelude Jazz Favorites Natalie's Jazz Band
Welcome and Announcements Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Opening Song Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Reading Jazz Belongs in the Church Ralph Purdy, liturgist
Wherever the Holy Spirit is, Jazz is.
That is why people can get offended.
They don't want God to get too close.
They are anxious about defrosting
and leaving puddles on the floor.
They worry the Spirit of God may blow wild and free..
Today, syncopation and improvisation
become the moment for the Spirit to dance
as the soul of Christ breathes fresh life.
That is a good reason to welcome Jazz into this or any church.
Where Jazz is, the Holy Spirit is.
This is the Spirit of God who loves the world, the whole world,
the world that yearns to be whole.
God goes into the world through Jesus to replace fear with awe,
violence with reconciliation, love-for-self-alone with love for all.
God's love is just that expansive and life-giving.
God is always inviting us to sing a new song!
-Rev. William G. Carter, jazz pianist, composer & pastor
Anthem Ride the Chariot The Chancel Choir
Spiritual, arr. By William Henry Smith Natalie John, soloist
Children in Worship
Musical Refrain There is a Balm in Gilead
Scripture Isaiah 42:10-12; Ephesians 5:18-20
Sermon Faith, Improvisation, and The Art of Living
Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
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Song Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
Special Music Natalie's Jazz Band
Blessing Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Recessional Song When the Saints Go Marching In
All are invited to go to Canoles Hall to enjoy refreshments, including Mardi Gras Kings Cakes.
Songs included in this service are covered by streaming copyright license
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