Around Town: Voices Together, Jazz Fest, Anil Kant, The Rock Theatre . . .

Come down to the Pacific Coliseum July 1 to join thousands of Christians from all over Metro Vancouver.

Voices Together offers a unique opportunity to join together with thousands of fellow believers to worship God while also celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. And this year it is free.

Do come and join the 10,000 or so expected at the Pacific Coliseum July 1. And encourage your fellow church members to join us – post it online, add it to the church bulletin, announce it from the pulpit. These opportunities do not come along that often!
Wayne Lo of the Vancouver Evangelical Chinese Ministerial said recently:
Christians know how to be thankful for what they enjoy in this wonderful land. . . . here in Metro Vancouver, we believers of Jesus Christ should be awakened to the need to celebrate unity in the Lord despite our differences in ethnic origin, in social upbringing and theological details.
There have been weekly prayer walks in preparation for Voices Together; the last one will be next Wednesday (June 28), 7:30 pm, at the north end of Pacific Coliseum.
The Canada Day gathering starts at 5 pm, and will end at 7 pm sharp, leaving lots of time to go downtown for the fireworks or participate in other local celebrations.
Cyrus Chestnut, Jazz Vespers

Cyrus Chestnut has experienced a life-long connection between jazz and God.

Keep your eyes open for jazz star Cyrus Chestnut at church this weekend. He will be playing Pyatt Hall next Tuesday (June 27) as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and he’s a devoted church-goer.

Here are some selections from his online bio:
Soulful jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut might just be proof positive of the impact that music has on babies in the womb. Either that, or a life in music was simply in his blood. Chestnut’s father, a postal employee and the son of a church minister, was the official organist for the local church in Baltimore, Maryland, where Chestnut grew up.
Young Cyrus’s home was filled with the sounds of the gospel music that his church-going parents played in their home, along with jazz records by artists such as Thelonius Monk and Jimmy Smith. . . .
As a boy Chestnut reached for the piano keys before he could walk, so his father began teaching the earnest three year old to play the piano. One of the first songs young Cyrus learned was ‘Jesus Loves Me.’ Before long, seven year old Cyrus was playing piano in the family church, and by age nine he was promoted to church pianist at Mt. Calvary Star Baptist Church . . .
For Chestnut, there has always been a deep connection between jazz and God. He believes jazz to be a religious musical genre. “I believe the ability to play music is a gift from God and every time I play, I’m thankful. Every time I sit down to play, for me, is worship and expression,” he told Down Beat magazine. . . .
To this day, Chestnut attends church every Sunday, and whenever he can he plays in the local church in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his family. He told CBS News, “If I’m not working, you’ll find me in somebody’s church.”
I’ve skipped all the stuff about what a good pianist Chestnut is – should be a good show!
In fact, there will be great jazz concerts all over town June 22 – July 2 (headliners include Branford Marsalis, Seu Jorge and Kenny Barron), but one of the best deals takes place at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, almost every day through to the end of next week.
A series of free Jazz Vespers concerts run from noon to 1 pm, unless otherwise noted:
Friday June 23  |  Joani Taylor
Sunday June 25  |  Universal Gospel Choir @ 4pm
Monday June 26  |  Leora Cashe
Tuesday June 27  |  Good Noise Gospel Band
Wednesday June 28  |  City Soul Choir
Thursday June 29  |  Top Line Vocal Collective
Friday June 30  |  Marcus Mosely Chorale
Sunday July 2  |  Candus Churchill @ 4pm
Anil Kant & Family
I’m looking forward to seeing Anil Kant & Family this weekend. The musical family from Mumbai, India will lead worship evenings twice, at Punjabi Masihi Church in Surrey on Saturday and at Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver on Sunday.
I first heard about Kant about 10 years ago, when someone introduced me to a YouTube video of him and his daughter performing Sing Unto the Lord. I’ve watched it several times since, and always find that it lifts my heart. (Some 207,000 others have watched it as well, so they must be pretty popular.)
This song is in English, but many of his videos are performed in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and probably other languages as well. Kant has now released 18 gospel albums.
Here is the start of his biography:
Pastor Anil Kant comes from a Hindu-Punjabi family. His parents, being very devout and religious, taught him Hindu scriptures from a young age. Music was an integral part of his life. In spite of the regular spiritual guidance from his parents; Pastor Anil Kant still knew that something was amiss and from a young age had a quest for a close relationship with God.
Go here for the full testimony.
The Rock Theatre

The Rock Theatre is the newest addition at RockRidge Camp.

Not many camps offer a theatre, but RockRidge Canyon now does. The Young Life camp near Princeton just hosted a grand opening celebration for their brand new ‘The Rock’ Theatre. While this is not exactly ‘around town,’ there is no doubt that many local churches will take advantage of the enhanced facilities for retreats and other gatherings.

Here is how Shelley Austin of RockRidge describes the theatre:

June 2017 finds a new addition to our lakefront venue. The Rock Theatre is our state-of-the-art auditorium with whisper quiet air conditioning. Seating 320 in the main hall, with tiered seating, the theatre will make any event successful.

The foyer of The Rock Theater has gorgeous lake views that will contribute to the enjoyment of any type of reception. Downstairs there are two meeting rooms that can seat 40 and 60 with lake views.

RockRidge Canyon can accommodate up to 450, with up to 100 people in the lodge. Meeting spaces are free when you bring a minimum number of guests.

 

June 22, 2017

Grace W.S. Tan: Through the Eyes of Agape – June 22, 2017 at All Day
Charles Montgomery: Soul and the City – June 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Between the Sheets – June 22, 2017 - June 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 23, 2017

Jenny Banai & Bre McDaniel – June 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

June 24, 2017

Over 18 Film Screening – June 24, 2017 at 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
Martin Luther Remembered – June 24, 2017 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Walk for Water – June 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Borders to Beginnings – June 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jeremy Pearsons – June 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pastor Anil Kant and Family – June 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ember – June 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 25, 2017

World Refugee Sunday – June 25, 2017 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Karen Graves & Miles Black – June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Quintessential Jazz – June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pastor Anil Kant and Family – June 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

June 27, 2017

Vancouver International Jazz Festival: Cyrus Chestnut Trio – June 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 28, 2017

Prayer Walk for Voices Together – June 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Nathen Aswell & Friends – June 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 29, 2017

Eastside Story Guild: Women at War – June 29, 2017 - June 30, 2017 at All Day
Vancouver International Jazz Festival: Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew's-Wesley – June 29, 2017 - July 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea – June 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 1, 2017

Lamenting Canada's 150 Years of Colonization – July 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Voices Together 2017 – July 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

July 2, 2017

Canada 150 Parade: Russ Rosen & Band – July 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

July 3, 2017

Athletes in Action: Tsawwassen Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 3, 2017 at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Athletes in Action: Richmond Baptist Church Soccer Camp – July 3, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty – July 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Krish Kandiah: Spirit of Adoption – The Forgotten Gospel Treasure – July 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 5, 2017

Business By the Book: Neil & Sharol Josephson – July 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Formation and Vocation: Christian Spirituality as it Relates to Vocation – July 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
In the Garden: Beauty Bears Witness - Opening Reception – July 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Soong-Chan Rah: Prophetic Lament – Moving from Triumphalism to Truth – July 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge – July 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 6, 2017

Scorsese's Silence and the Revelation of God – July 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Annual Merton Lecture: Western Monastics Look East – July 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watoto Choir free concert – July 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Problem Child – July 6, 2017 - July 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 7, 2017

Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert – July 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watoto Choir free concert – July 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge – July 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 8, 2017

Carolyn Arends & Christopher Hall: John 17 - Praying Like Jesus (Summer Prayer Retreat) – July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Earthkeepers: Clean Up New Brighton Park – July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Watoto Choir free concert – July 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 10, 2017

Kickers Soccer Camp – July 10, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Christian Reformers and the Jews – July 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Susan Phillips: Retrieving the Ancient Practice of Spiritual Direction in an Age of Self-help – July 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2017

Ashley John Moyse: The Art of Living for a Technological Age – July 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 12, 2017

Rikk Watts: Steve Jobs, Jony Ive and the Gospel – Reading Mark with Leading Edge Designers – July 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 14, 2017

BC Christian Ashram Retreat – July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017 at All Day
The Small Glories – July 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 17, 2017

Athletes in Action: Richmond Baptist Church Multi-Sport Camp – July 17, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
FLO Summer Soccer Camp 2017 – July 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin: The Bible in the Modern Artistic Imagination – July 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 18, 2017

Loren Wilkinson: Imago Mundi Poetry Reading – July 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 19, 2017

Prospera Valley Granfondo – July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Malcolm Guite: The Truth's Superb Surprise – How Poetry Can Open Your Eyes and Deepen Your Thought – July 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 20, 2017

In the Garden: Beauty Bears Witness – July 20, 2017 - August 4, 2017 at All Day
Yaletown Art Seen – July 20, 2017 - September 4, 2017 at All Day
Prospera Valley Granfondo – July 20, 2017 at 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

July 21, 2017

Songs & Sonnets: An evening of music and poetry with Steve Bell & Malcolm Guite – July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Film & Faith Evening: Luther – July 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marjorie Suchocki: Does God Go to the Movies? – July 21, 2017 - July 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 22, 2017

David Ley: Postmodern Urban Spaces - A City Tour – July 22, 2017 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Christian Music Concert: The Day of the Lord – July 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 24, 2017

Lunchtime Concert: The Exquisitrio – July 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mark Noll: Martin Luther and the Dilemmas of Sola Scriptura – July 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 26, 2017

Mark Noll & Paul Pearce: Assessing the State of the Church in Canada – July 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Scot McKnight & Dennis Venema: Adam and the Genome – Rethinking the 'Historical' Adam – July 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 27, 2017

Film Screening: Between a Shoe and the Roof – July 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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