Calvary Church Debuts Sacred Space for Summit
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • 2:25pm
SUMMIT, NJ - Calvary Church in Summit will once again open its doors to the community, inviting the entire city and its surrounding communities, to participate in a new initiative called a “Sacred Space for Summit,” a series of special events involving music, art, performances, and worship.
The Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern, Rector of Calvary Church, explained the importance of this new initiative. “Calvary Church is a community of faith in the heart of Summit. In the tradition of urban/suburban churches, we seek to be a Sacred Space, bringing the heart of Christ into the heart of the city, by offering a broad array of spiritual, educational, artistic, civic engagement, and service opportunities to the greater community.”
Corkern continued, “We welcome all without regard to religious affiliation. By opening our doors and sharing our facilities, gifts, talents, time and faith, Calvary Church is a place where Summit’s citizens and visitors can deepen their faith and benefit from human knowledge, talent, and compassion in ways that honor God.”
The inaugural Sacred Space event will be a Celtic Vespers service on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. The service will feature music performed by stars of the popular Celtic concert, the Pipes of Christmas. Through music and readings, the service is drawn from the ancient Celtic tradition that invites the participant to rediscover the mystery of God’s image within – the wisdom, strength, beauty, creativity, eternity, and presence of the divine within the human.
Featured performers in the service will be violinist Paul Woodiel, uilleann piper Christopher Layer, guitarist Steve Gibb and organist William Peek. The service is offered to the public free of charge, with donations being accepted to help defray costs.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., Calvary will celebrate the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi by having a special liturgical service of “The Blessing of the Animals.” No matter one’s religious affiliation, people and pets from around Summit are invited to this “Sacred Space” event.
All pets (leashed or caged) and their people are asked to gather in the Sanctuary for a special procession that will be orchestrated by our Master of Animals, Peter Huntley- Robertson. The service will be held rain or shine.
After the service, all are welcome to share refreshments following the dedication of the Creation Garden. For more information on these -- or other Calvary -- events visit www.calvarysummit.org or call (908) 277-1814. Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 31 Woodland Ave.