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Jazz Vespers for Blue Christmas at Grace Episcopal Church White Plains, NY
Sat, December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jazz Vespers for Blue Christmas
Saturday, December 8 at 5 PM
Free Will Offering to Benefit the Organ Fund
Jazz Vespers is a service of prayer and meditation to observe Blue Christmas, a time when we acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. This time has been called the “long dark night of the soul” and “the winter of our discontent” in which memories of past experiences and the pain of our present situation can become overwhelming. For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, it may be Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve, or the beginning of another lonely New Year. In this service, we reflect on the complicated feelings that we share and offer them to God for healing and transformation. Together, we reassure each other of God’s unconditional love. We find hope and comfort in knowing that we are not alone.
Grace Church welcomes the NYSB Quartet to perform for this service. Led by Alex Auld, who grew up at Grace Church, the musicians of the NYSB Quartet (Alex Auld, Franky Guadalupe, Walter Vargas, Mike Vinas) are all members of Brooklyn’s New York Salsa Band. They have individually performed throughout the United States and internationally, accompanying some of the top names in both jazz and Latin music.