“This service helps me get through the week. It helps me find my center.”
“You have created a nice chance to breathe and pray. Thank you.”
“I added Jazz Vespers to my calendar. It’s important to me.”
“Vespers” is the name of an evening service—which specifically includes prayers for the close of the day—that has been observed for the last 15 centuries. Zion’s Jazz Vespers incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into this tradition, from the song arrangements, to the harmonies, to the instrumentation: our ensemble includes Marisa Massery, vocals; Andy Wrba, bass; Bill Chapman, drums; Katharine Wiencke, flute; and Ben Kohn, piano.
Jazz Vespers exists because we worship on Thursday evenings quite a lot differently than we do on Sunday mornings. Perhaps we’ve had a long day at work and we need a chance to be still. Perhaps we’ve had a long week, and we’re not sure how we’re going to make it through another day. Perhaps there’s still more work to be done by the day’s end, but we need a few quiet moments to talk with God. If this describes your own experience, then Jazz Vespers—and the centuries-old tradition of evening prayer—begs for your presence.
At Zion Lutheran, all are welcome, all the time; there is never an admission fee or cover charge to attend Jazz Vespers.