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News Feb 19, 2014 - 6:43:17 AM

Dixieland Band To Pave Way for Lent

By Second Congregational Church

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GREENWICH, CT - Second Congregational Church invites the community to join in preparing for Lent in the Mardi Gras spirit with a Dixieland band on Sunday, March 2.

The Crescent City Ramblers band, based in Nanuet, N.Y., will provide a flavorful accompaniment to the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the church, at 139 E. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.

The five-piece band will lead churchgoers in singing such hymns as “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” In addition, the Crescent City Ramblers will accompany the church’s Chancel Choir on Southern gospel anthems.

After the service, the band will continue to play Dixieland favorites as churchgoers enjoy refreshments.

“Traditionally, Lent is a season of deliberate spiritual preparation during the 40 days before Easter,” said the Rev. Maxwell Grant, Senior Minister of Second Congregational Church. “Part of that preparation involves deliberate self-denial – going without sweets or red meat, or more recently, soda or nicotine. Mardi Gras, or ‘Fat Tuesday,’ is the big party before this period of self-denial begins. Our Mardi Gras service offers a chance to celebrate joyfully in the doldrums of winter before we begin to turn inward and get ourselves into shape spiritually for the great joy of Easter.”

Later in the week, the church will usher in Lent with a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and an Ash Wednesday service. For details, please visit

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