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Sanibel Congregational UCC to host MLK Jazz Sunday

By Staff | Jan 11, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Bill Harris Experience Band will perform on Jan. 20 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be the focus of worship services on Jan. 20 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The 9 and 11 a.m. MLK Jazz Sunday services will feature special musical selections by members of the Bill Harris Experience Band. The band is comprised of Dave McDonagh, saxophone; John Maik, piano; Ross Mannina, bass; Tom Cooley, drums; and Bill Harris, trumpet.

In his sermon, “Mountains, Martin and Steadfast Love,” the Rev. Dr. John Danner will reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The services will also include the music of legendary jazz musicians, traditional spirituals and the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, “We Shall Overcome.”

“As we move into 2019 after a year filled with divisiveness, it is vital that we remember and reclaim Dr. King’s inclusive vision of what he called the Beloved Community,” Danner said, adding that “the improvisational qualities of jazz remind us that as things change in our world, we too may need to improvise new ways of being together.”

The trio of Shawn Allison, Abbey Allison and Dave Dust will play at the 9 a.m. service. The Chancel Choir, led by Dr. Elwood Smith with organist Norm Libby, will sing during the 11 a.m. service.

For more information, call 472-0497 or visit www.sanibelchurch.com.