Mardi Gras Sunday is at the 8:30a.m. service and coffee hour on February 7!
Can’t get to New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras? Don’t worry! Mt Zion’s early service will put you in a party mood while praising God. Join with ‘Fessor Hurst and His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra and the Mount Zion Festival Voices as we praise the Lord with old-time songs like “Down By the Riverside” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
The service will be followed by Dixieland music to warm your soul in the Gathering Space where toe-tapping will be essential and dancing optional!
According to historians, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local traditions into the new faith, hence the celebrations were held prior to the start of Lent, a period of 40 days of repentance, culminating in the Easter celebration. Three days following Mt Zion’s Mardi Gras is Ash Wednesday.
In America, the celebrations coincided with the influx of brass bands around the turn of the century. A fusion of music, brass instruments, celebration and jazz idiom gave rise to a style of music known as Dixieland. In Dixieland music, the melody (or the tune) is played by the trumpet, and other instruments perform a simultaneous improvisation around the melody. The style is unique, and you will get to hear it at Mount Zion!
The “Windy Hill Wizzards” include JON FOX, CLARINET; DAVID SMITH, TROMBONE; ANDY HACKER, SOUSAPHONE; TIM ECKENBERG, PIANO and their leader, ‘fessor Hurst, trumpet.
Join us on Sunday, February 7 at the 8:30a.m. service!