What do you get when you combine a lively praise band with a hearty brunch and friendly people? You get a totally unique worship experience that is perfect for folks of different ages and backgrounds. The ‘Soul Service’ is the creation of three different churches who came together in the hopes of reaching folks for whom ‘church as usual’ just doesn’t work for them.
The Soul Service starts with a hearty meal served at 12:30 p.m. every Sunday. Guests are free to come and enjoy what’s on the menu free of charge. As one participant noted; “Real communion, doesn’t just happen in church, it happens every time we break bread together.” (*Note, you don’t have to stay for the service to have lunch.) “It’s all about getting to know our neighbors, and having a good time,” said another participant.
At 1:00 p.m. the worship service begins with some lively contemporary praise music, a brief message on the reading of the day and communion. The band, aptly named ‘Soul Satisfaction’ consists of twelve members who come together from four area churches to make music together. They are led by internationally known Jazz musician Fabian Ortiz. Mr. Ortiz, who also has an extensive background in liturgical music, created the group as a way “to praise God while making a joyful noise.” “I come for the music, it makes me want to get up and dance, and here at this service, you can if you want to,” said Maura Pasley, a 23-year old teacher from Ansonia.
So, if you are looking for something different, a place where people promise to feed you body and soul, check out this service. The Sunday Soul Service returns to Trinity Episcopal Church, 91 Church Street in Seymour, CT on Sunday, February 17th. All are welcome.