We enjoyed an awesome celebration on Sunday Feb 22nd, that actually started the evening before. Our jazz benefit concert with internationally renowned guitarist Lorne Lofsky was a huge success. The turnout was great and so was the fundraising. So to follow up with a Sunday service with our area Bishop, Peter Fenty, that also included a performance by the steel pan band, Gemini Pan Groove, and two soulful gospel songs by Clairmont Humphrey, was icing on the cake.
There were many memorable moments during the service. Bishop Fenty challenged us to take Lent seriously as a time for renewal through sacrifice. As such we should each consider sacrificing or changing something more meaningful than “no chocolate” and take our efforts a step further beyond the lenten season by making it a permanent change.
The bishop also let the congregation know he was elated that we would be treated to the sounds of the steel pan during service. A heavenly sound, he noted, that is unlike anything else. And he also informed the congregation that he’s sure that when arriving at the pearly gates you can expect, along with harps, to be greeted by steel pans.
And indeed, the Gemini Pan Groove blessed us with wonderful pan music both during and after the service. And we can’t forget to mention the soulful voice of Clairmont Humphrey, a gifted vocalist who has performed at St. Paul’s previously. The service was followed up with a wonderful spread that filled us all to our hearts’ content.
Special thanks go to Pauline and Elton Jones. St. Paul’s is blessed with parishioners who can organize this kind of talent for a service.