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The lively Jazz Worship at First Church features the musical stylings of Carolyn Wilkins, an accomplished jazz pianist, singer and composer, who serves as the musical director for the service. Each month, Carolyn assembles a trio – or more – of jazz musicians from the Boston area, many of them faculty colleagues of Carolyn's at the Berklee School of Music. They perform original compositions of jazz music, along with standards from the canon of spiritually inspired jazz music, as well as African-American spirituals and hymns, which form the core of the congregational singing at the service.
Lay leader Nancy Weil and Senior Minister Dan Smith lead these periodic services, whose themes interweave a call to “let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Social justice and just peace themes are recurrent at our Jazz service, whose annual celebration of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a seasonal highlight.
At each Jazz service, we gather around “The Welcome Table,” where we sing and pray together in preparation for sharing the communion feast, in celebration of God's good creation and abundant blessings upon us all.
Children are welcome at the Jazz service – there is no child care provided during that service time – and are encouraged to participate fully in worship where we sing, dance, clap and even shout out an occasional “Amen!”
There are no Jazz services currently scheduled however stay tuned for updates.
To learn more about Carlyn Wilkins, please visit her website: http://carolynwilkins.com/home.html