The 26th Annual Lenten Concert Series at Two Rivers United Methodist Church will feature a variety of musical genres from around the Quad Cities. Each concert is free and starts shortly after noon at 12:15 on Wednesdays between March 8 and April 12. The schedule includes chamber singers, harp, jazz, blues, and classical music. It also includes long-time guests of the concert series and new performers.
Edgar Crockett and David Holcomb have been getting people’s toes tapping at the concert series for many years. Their jazz duo is more than just entertaining, but also usually includes some story telling and education. Bret Dale is the successor to the late, great, Ellis Kell at the River Music Experience in Davenport. Dale and a group from RME are making their second appearance at the Two Rivers Concert Series.
Hannah Holman is the principal cellist for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin Loeb is an accomplished pianist and the executive direcetor of the QCSO. Their duet is sure to be a highlight of the series.
The full schedule includes:
March 8 – Rock Island High School Chamber Singers
March 15 – Tina Barber, harp.
March 22 – Edgar Crockett and David Holcomb, jazz duo.
March 29 – Bret Dale and Friends of the River Music Experience
April 5 – Hannah Holman and Benjamin Loeb, principal cello and piano from the Quad City Symphony
April 12 – Stephen Steely, Organist
Lent is a time of preparation leading up to Easter. It is a chance to focus on the life, ministry, and sacrifice of Jesus. Tradition has churches wait until the last week before Easter to examine the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. Often, this means that congregations rush through some of the most important stories about Jesus. This year, Two Rivers will use this seven-week period of Lent to take a closer look at the last days of Jesus. This series, entitled “Forsaken,” will walk through the last few chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. Starting with the Last Supper on March 5, we will examine who Jesus was betrayed, denied, disappointed, abandoned, sentenced, and finally executed.
One of the most powerful ways that God communicates to humanity is through dreams and visions. In Lent, we will examine different dreams and vision that God has revealed to the people.
Feb 14; Vision of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-9
Feb 21; God’s Perspective, Genesis 16:6-13
Feb 28; Vision of Victory, Exodus 15:19-21
Mar 6; Dreams of a Generation, Genesis 48:1-11
Mar 13; Dreams and Nightmares, Daniel 7:1-7
Mar 20; Palm Sunday, Dream of a Father, Luke 1:8-20
Mar 27; Easter, Vision of New Life, Luke 24:1-2, 13-23
The Silver Season of the Lenten Concert Series is one to remember. Featuring a wide variety of music, these concerts are free to the public. Every Wednesday at noon in Lent, there will be a wonderful display of music and Spirit.
February 17 – Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. Richard appeared at the 2015 Lion and Lamb Festival, and is a regular on Pastor Robb’s Pulpit Fiction Podcast. He is an independent folk singer from Strawberry Point, Iowa who has a deep love for the Psalms.
February 24 – Edgar Crockett and David Holcomb. This jazz duo is well known in the Quad Cities, and are regular guests at Two Rivers Church. They will also be a part of our worship on Sunday, February 7.
March 2 – The River Music Experience featuring Ellis Kell and Bret Dale. With Ellis and Bret on guitar, RME Ambassadors Nick Vasquez on keyboards, and Terry Hanson on drums, this promises to be an exiciting concert. Their set of American roots music will get everyone involved, toe-tapping, and singing along.
March 9 – The Rock Island High School Chamber Singers. Directed by Scott Voight, these young people are a vocal performance group in high demand. They perform a wide variety of choral literature.
March 16 – Theresa Yarger and Ryan Van Wassenhove. Theresa is the organist at First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Ryan is her student.
March 23 – Marc Zyle and Benjamin Loeb. Marc is the primary French Horn for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Benjamen is a renowned pianist and the Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
This Lent, the people of Two Rivers United Methodist Church are encouraged to participate in a new discipline. Starting on Ash Wednesday, people are encourage to participate in this photo journal. There is a theme for each week from Wednesday to Wednesday. Over the course of the week, people can take pictures and post them on Facebook, Instragram, Pinterest, or Twitter. All pictures posted should include the hashtag #TRYLent.
Each weekly theme coincides with the sermon that will be given at Two Rivers on the Sunday of the week. This way, pictures that are posted before Sunday can be shared at worship. Then, after the worship experience, people can continue to ponder the theme for the week for a few days before moving on. Each major theme is a song from the musical Godspell. Under the main theme are several smaller ideas that you can capture over the course of the week.
Each Sunday in Lent Pastor Robb will be talking about a song, theme, or story from the musical Godspell. Two Rivers and The Center for Living Arts are working all through Lent on producing the musical on Palm Sunday at 4 p.m.
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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time when everyone has the opportunity to reflect, repent, and encourage renewal in their spiritual lives.
Everyone is invited to begin their Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday worship at 6:30p.m. on February 18 at Two Rivers. Everyone will have the opportunity to take the sign of the cross in ashes as a representation of repentance and a commitment in allowing God’s work of renewal in their lives.