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Tonight November 7th I visited the Old South Church on Boylston Street in Boston that was hosting their weekly Jazz Worship service at 6 pm When I first arrived at the rather large church I was uncertain of how enormous the crowd would have been inside since I come from a rather sizable church back in Lynn However when I proceeded to walk in I was directed to a medium-sized chapel that only half of the space was used for the worship service The service set up rows of chairs in a wide U shape that was split in the middle that lead to the altar table The crowd at the service of about 30 was of all ages and races above twenty years old or so but majority of the crowd was compiled of senior citizens I took my seat in the last row next to an elder couple who asked if this was my first time at the service I told them it was and both said that this service is enjoyable that includes peaceful music that makes you feel at home At first I wasnt sure what to expect but as I focused to the musicians stationed behind the altar dressed in all black I realized how synchronized they were and what beautiful jazz music they made What really surprised me was seeing a saxophone in the group since I have never seen a saxophone at church Pat Loomis was the leader of his group playing the alto saxophone accompanied by an unnamed pianist and singer Nichelle Mungo from Berkley The church performance lasted about an hour or so with songs mixed into between a few homilies and readings The interesting thing about the service was that during most of the service jazz music was playing whether it was as background music during Minister Livolsis and Minister Edgertons gospel speaking to the church songs Many times throughout the service the crowd
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