Sunday, March 31, 2019

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday - Tenebrae
April 18, 2019  -  7:30 pm

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA. 01930
Rt. 127, corner of Leonard St.

Entering the Darkness ~ Tenebrae means “shadows.”

This service is an enactment of Jesus’ last hours with his disciples. One by one, they abandon him, extinguishing a candle as they go. In the end, we sit in darkness as we hear a voice singing, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The service ends in silence.

On this night we enter the dark period of Holy Week when we recognize that the joy of Easter is preceded by Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.

If you are interested in reading the part of a disciple, or have already signed up, please contact Michelle.

Friday, March 22, 2019


At the American Legion Hall this Saturday evening at 6 PM, the Annisquam Village Church Choir will participate in a concert featuring works of the late composer Paul Jensen.

Paul was a great friend to our choir, arranging music, singing at special services, and encouraging our music-making in all ways. He was a gifted and prolific performer, composer, and producer.

Soloists and ensembles from Gloucester’s music community will perform from the wide range of his works and the choir will perform Paul’s unique setting of “Away in a Manger.” Paul’s partner, Don Robey, who performed as “Blind Bartameus” with the Village Church choir last year, invites all to attend this celebration of Paul’s life. A reception follows the concert.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Adams, AVC Music Director.

Kathleen Adams

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Celtic Music at Morning Worship on St. Patrick’s Day!

“Fanny Power,” a lovely Gaelic air, starts off the worship service at the Annisquam Village Church, March 17th at 10 AM when Dick Luecke and Saira Austin bring their instruments to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Rev. Judy Brain preaches on “The Good Life,” beginning a series called “The Big Ideas of Faith.” The service concludes with two Irish jigs (“Red Haired Boy” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”)  before adjournment for refreshments.
Dick Luecke is guitarist with the early Anglo-Celtic trio, O’Carolan.  O’Carolan (with balladeer Michael O’Leary) performed “Music from the Misty Isles” to a full house at the Village Church St. Patrick’s Day concert last year. Penny whistler Saira Austin has recently retired from her long tenure as a Professor of Art at Mt. Ida College. Austin exhibited a number of her paintings at the Village Church in collaboration with Greta Bro in a "Sacred Art and Sacred Sound” concert.   All takes place in the newly renovated Cove Room while the church’s sanctuary is being refurbished. The Village Church is at 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard), and the entrance to the Cove Room is at the rear of the church on Leonard Street.

☘Anyone interested in Appalachian “Old Time” and Celtic music is welcome to the “Second Sunday Jam” hosted by AVC member Perry McIntosh.  It is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, 2:30-5:00 p.m.. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, mando, squeeze box, or other non-amplified instrument—or just sit and listen.  All are welcome…wherever you are on your musical journey.