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Old Greenwich holds special "Festival Worship" services every fifth Sunday of the month.

These worship services often combine elements of music, dance, and visual imagery to create a full and moving attitude of Praise and Prayer.

Recently, the Festival Sunday theme was Courage in Christ. We celebrated through special music from a variety of eras: our choir opened with a more traditional sound, then we heard a doo-wop version of "Just a Closer Walk," followed by a duet with guitar of "Balm in Gilead," and closed with a Broadway-style "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries." The sermon was a one-woman play that used a boxing metaphor to wrestle with despair in the face of life's trials, especially cancer, but also recognizing divorce, death, and other loss, with the ultimate realization that "no one who ever fights with their hope in the Lord will ever lose the last round." 

Our Palm Sunday worship service was also one of these festival services, in which virtually every sense that God gave us was fully engaged. We waved palms and sang songs, but were also moved by the gorgeous art installation that has graced our worship space throughout Lent growing and changing as the season and moved through the thorny wilderness to the joyous shouts of "Hosanna!"

We heard trumpets ring out in fanfare at the beginning of worship. We listened to children's voices sing "He's Riding on a Donkey," and the Praise Band invited us into "Hosanna, Heysanna" from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. As the story of Jesus' final week continued, we were moved to the sound of the PBJ (Praise Band Junior) as they reminded us that a "Bad Moon Rising" was on the way while Jesus prayed at Gethsemane. Next came Judas' cry of regret, the eerily plaintive "Lazarus on Down," followed by a "Pie Jesu," a women's duet that professed their longing for their Lord and pain at his loss. The service ended with the trumpets again, but this time they mournfully intoned "Ah, Holy Jesus."

One thing is certain: anyone who worships with us during a Fifth Sunday Festival Service will enjoy new ways of experiencing God's presence, and leave uplifted and ready to face his or her week spiritually filled.

 

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