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This Sunday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will offer its monthly Sunday Night Unplugged, a service of music and meditation, featuring guest musicians, Jason Rose and Denise Chaney.
Sunday Night Unplugged is not a traditional Episcopal style service derived from the church’s Book of Common Prayer. Rather, the service offers a non-denominational meditation opportunity to the general public that incorporates art, music, scriptural and inspirational readings, prayers, and silence. Each month the service features local musicians who bring their own uniquely beautiful sounds that blend with prayers and meditational readings.
“Local musicians seem to really enjoy playing for Sunday Night Unplugged,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “Those who come to participate in the service of meditation listen intently to the music and allow it to speak to them on a very deep and personal level. The music, therefore, is not presented in concert style. It is music for music’s sake, an art that is given as a gift to the hearer, not to glorify the performer. There is no applause for the musicians themselves until the conclusion of the service. Truly the only sounds offered during the service come from the music, the readers, and the participants during the prayers. Silence is a key factor of the service and is incorporated into the center of the meditation experience.
“I am personally delighted to have Jason and his musical partner, Denise, return to play for SNU,” said Fr. Doug. “Jason is not only a personal friend, but a very talented musician whose creative spirit is inspired by his love of God and God’s creation. Like my wife, Sally, and me, he was born into a musical family and grew up in a faith that included music at its core of worship. He continues to express that faith through songwriting, singing, playing, and his vocation as a pastor. We truly appreciate him sharing his gifts with us.”
Jason Rose, pastor of worship and creative arts at Grace In Pagosa, does not confine himself or his music to the walls of the church. He has been heard in many locations around town, including Sunday Night Unplugged, Art in the Garden, and at local coffee shops. He and singer, Denise Chaney, have collaborated their talents and songwriting skills for the past several years, expertly combining their voices to bring fresh sounds that envelope a variety of musical styles. Their blend has been described as “Musical medicine for the soul.” Their first CD, “Song of Hope,” released in 2012, has been enthusiastically received, inspiring them to record a second CD due out around Christmas. Rose and Chaney will also perform this weekend as part of the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225. S. Pagosa Blvd. The public is invited to attend free of charge. For more information, call 731-5801 or visit www.stpatrickspagosa.org.