Gospel music was written to be sung as people labored, to bring hope while people grieved, and to sustain people in the slow struggle for justice. On Sunday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., jazz musicians Danji Buck-Moore, Mike Whitehead and Jason Dean will fill Broad Bay Church with the sounds of gospel and jazz. The recently restored 1875 tracker organ, housed in a pre-Civil War sanctuary, will blend African American spirituals with jazz improvisation.

Buck-Moore, organist and pianist, follows the tradition of gospel singers who took the church music of their childhood out into the clubs and bars of the community. A junior at McGill University in Montreal, his past and present musical ventures include several small ensembles, the 13-piece Outrageous Pop Orchestra, jazz combos and composing and performing music for theater. Music for the church, and specifically Broad Bay, has become a refreshing and meaningful pursuit over the last several years.

Whitehead has played trumpet in various bands in the Midcoast for many years. He enjoys performing many different styles of music from jazz to folk, rock and classical. Recently he has played with folk/rock band Dory in the Desert and with the jazz group Luna Maddidus. Midcoast percussionist Dean will round out the trio.

Broad Bay Congregational Church is thrilled to offer a service of worship built around gospel music and the gifts of these musicians.

“Music touches our hearts in deep and sustaining ways; faith expressed in the old spirituals makes its way into the wider culture through jazz,” the Rev. Nancy Duncan said.

On Sunday morning, these musicians will play gospel in a worship service. On Sunday afternoon, they, and whoever else might like to, will play in the jazz jam at the Waldo Theatre Annex at 3 p.m.

The Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ is at 941 Main St., near the post office. Worship is at 10 a.m. All are welcome. For more information call 832-6898 or e-mail waldoucc@midcoast.com.