Credit: Darrow Montgomery
St. Columba Episcopal Church
Tenleytown

Rector: The Rev. Janet Vincent

Associate Rector: The Rev. Drew Bunting

Preacher: The Rev. Drew Bunting

Organist: Diane Heath

Attendance: 26

Service Length: 1 hour

Sample Worshipper Dress: Olive slacks, vintage short-sleeve shirt with epaulets, long-sleeve brown undershirt, hiking shoes

Congregational Fervor

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.

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