Story by Sara Paul
“All You Need is Love,” “Imagine,” and “Let it Be.” These are all powerful messages, and of course, well-known, timeless Beatles songs that fans across the globe have enjoyed and surely memorized since the Beatles came on the rock ‘n’ roll scene in 1960.
On Sun., Nov. 18, Christ Church in the Village of Warwick will hold its first ever Beatles Eucharist at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. masses. The Church, located at 50 South St., will offer traditional masses with prayers, readings, and Communion, however with a modern twist.
During the services, there will be a seven piece band and full choir accompanying the typical Sunday agenda, and complimenting the spoken sentiments of the day with song.
“There is a dramatic juxtaposition here of the traditional liturgy and contemporary music, and it is my hope that the contrast will cause people to open up and think differently about things,” said Reverend James W. Erwin, Jr. who was inspired by the idea at a similar event in Louisiana.
“With what’s happening right now in our world and with the tenor in politics so loud and ugly, a strong message of love is desperately needed. The Gospel of Jesus is about love, and there are many Beatles songs that support that message and translate well into the religious environment,” commented Fr. Erwin, Christ Church Pastor for six years.
With a dynamic band consisting of drums, bass, three guitars, an organ, and the Church’s newest arrival, a Baby Grand piano, as well as a 16 person choir, Fr. Erwin believes the morning will be inspiring and uplifting for current parishioners and also for guests who may be attending for this first time.
“We’re all on a spiritual journey of some kind, and all are truly welcome in this place. My hope is that people will come to see our joyous community and want to come back,” said the Pastor, adding that there will be (as always) a coffee hour in between services at 10 a.m. in the Great Hall, where all are welcome for fellowship.
“With all of the talented musicians we are blessed to have here, the roof is going to come off this place, and people are going to be dancing their way out of the Church!,” he exclaimed.
Christ Church is a “growing community of believers committed to walking with Christ, welcoming all, and serving God by serving others,” according to the Church’s vision statement.
For more information about Christ Church, visit https://christchurch.org/