NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence will celebrate Rally Day with two Eucharistic services, featuring New Orleans jazz on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

The jazz liturgy, which has become a custom at Faith Lutheran on Rally Day, will be led by the Sanctuary Choir and a 1920’s New Orleans jazz band.  Traditional spirituals; such as “Precious Lord,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Oh! When the Saints Come Marching In,” will be sung.  Players in the band are slated to include Max Morden, cornet; Nick Scheuble, drums; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Bill Crow, bass; Joel Perry, guitar; and Jack Stuckey, clarinet.  The players have performed with such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz. The ensemble will be led by Faith’s Minister of Music, Dr. John Girvin, who will also be on the piano.

Dr. Girvin said, “Each Rally Day, we try to play in as authentic a New Orleans style as possible, using the hymns and old spirituals as our basis for improvisation. The congregation always responds by singing with terrific energy."

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The subject of the sermon at both Holy Communion services will be "New Beginnings,” which is the theme of Faith Lutheran's 2015-2016 worship year.

The Sunday Forum, which is at 9:40 a.m., will be a celebration in Franklin Nelson Hall of the various ministries of Faith Lutheran; including the Newark Soup Kitchen; Appalachia in Sunset Gap, Tenn.; Thanksgiving Food Collection; Knit, Pearl and Pray, Broadway House, a residence for HIV/AIDS patients; Christmas Sharing Tree, African Mission Program, New Providence ARC Home and Pedals for Progress.

Members of the community are invited to both services as well as to the forum.

Faith Lutheran is at 524 South Street in New Providence.  Call 908-464-5177 or visit for more information.