Jazz Noel — Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Webster Groves
10 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves MO 63119
Jazz Noel is a modern-day reimagining of the Christmas story through creative storytelling and the improvisational spirit of jazz featuring the music of the Oîkos Ensemble. Our storytellers will be the Logos Interpretive Readers.
This year’s theme, “The Return of the Light,” will share the Christmas story within the context of the Winter Solstice. Throughout history, indigenous people created rituals as a celebration of hope. Even in the diminished sunlight of winter, the sun will return. Light will outshine the darkness of the world, and new life (rebirth) is possible. The story of Jesus’ birth is a holy affirmation that the “Light of the World” is born among us, and that the power of light will overcome the darkness.
Jazz Noel is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be received to benefit a local charity.
The Oîkos Ensemble (www.oikos-ensemble.com) is a national jazz ministry under the direction of its founder and saxophonist, the Rev. Cliff Aerie. The band features some of St. Louis’ most talented jazz musicians—Carolbeth True (piano), Glen Smith (bass), David True (drums), Tim Osiek (trumpet) and one of St. Louis’ great jazz vocalists, Kim Fuller and Arianna Aerie (vocals). Oîkos has performed at more than 300 faith-based communities around the country.
Rev. Cliff Aerie (www.worshipjazz.com) is a musician and storyteller, with a uniquely varied background in the arts and ministry. He has been leading jazz worship services and sacred jazz concerts for more than forty years.