Jazz Vespers is every first Thursday at 6pm, with pizza at 5:30.

Vespers is the name of an evening service, including specific prayers for the end of the day, that has been observed for at least the last fifteen centuries.

Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into this historic tradition, including the song arrangements, the harmonies, and the instrumentation. Our ensemble comprises Marisa Massery, vocals; Andy Wrba, bass; Sturgis Cunningham, drums; Katharine Wiencke, flute; and Ben Kohn, piano.

Jazz Vespers exists because Thursday is a lot different than Sunday. Perhaps you’ve had a long day at work, and you need a chance to be still. Perhaps you’ve had a long week, and you’re not sure how you’re going to make it through another day. Perhaps you still have more work to do by day’s end, but you need a few quiet moments to yourself. Jazz Vespers is a place to unwind: a place to be spiritual without being religious if one chooses, to be present without participation if desired, and to be anonymous if that’s what is needed.

There is no cost to attend Jazz Vespers. We don’t ask you to purchase a ticket, pay a cover charge, spend money on food or alcohol, or leave your kids at home. Parents with children are always welcome at Zion Lutheran Church. If you’re coming with kids, be sure to locate our Pray & Play area in the sanctuary, featuring kid-friendly tables with activities. One last note: there’s parking available right across the street, and it’s free starting at 4 p.m. You are welcome here.