City Paper is not for tourists
Rector: The Rev. Janet Vincent
Associate Rector: The Rev. Drew Bunting
Preacher: The Rev. Drew Bunting
Organist: Diane Heath
Service Length: 1 hour
Sample Worshipper Dress: Olive slacks, vintage short-sleeve shirt with epaulets, long-sleeve brown undershirt, hiking shoes
While the 5 p.m. Sunday evening is pleasantly calm and reserved, Bunting says that the 11 a.m. Eucharist is more of a hoot. “We have a service for preschool children, a children’s choir, and everything—the kids love it,” assured the associate rector. “They dance in front of the altar; they just go nuts.”
Food for the Soul
During a compact and well-conceived sermon, Trainor examined the unfathomable force of God’s love. After displaying an Eastern Christian icon which depicted the disciples being shocked and awed by the power of the Transfiguration, the preacher asked the congregation to consider the true awesomeness of God’s grace. “We hold on to spiritual immaturity because it is comfortable but also because we are afraid,” said Trainor. “What if you were the direct target of that love?”
Food for the Body
No food or drink were offered after the 5 p.m. service. At earlier services, coffee and doughnuts are reportedly available.
Overall Worship Power
One does not often see organists go wild, but Heath shredded on the pipe organ like an ecclesiastical Yngwie Malmsteen. She ripped through J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Major and made a work by former Fairfax Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Daniel Gawthrop feel quasi-psychedelic.