Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, 941 Main St., invites the community to a special service: "Singing, Praying and Living the Psalms," Sunday, July 16, at 10 a.m.

For 3,000 years, people have poured their hearts into praying and singing the psalms. Human emotions of joy, anguish, anger and trust are verbalized in these ancient words.

Guest organist Keith Reas will play Waldoboro's E.& G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ (1875) for this service, which will incorporate lots of music, including hymns and a community choir. Music will include 19th-century compositions for organ, as well as organ settings for African American spirituals.

Reis holds degrees in organ performance from The Oberlin College Conservatory, the University of Oregon, and the Eastman School of Music. He enjoys an active career as an organist, accompanist and conductor. Hailed as “an organist's organist” (Tucson Daily Star), he took first prize in the 1985 International Organ Playing Competition in Ann Arbor, Mich.,, and has since performed across the United States and in England, Germany and Italy.

Reis recently appeared at the XXXI International Organ Festival at the Church of Santa Rita, Turin, Italy; on the Eastman at St. Michael’s Series (Rochester, N.Y.) with clarinetist Margaret Quackenbush; and with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, premiering a new work for organ and brass ensemble by composer/conductor Douglas Hedwig.

In 2009 he was appointed director of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., following appointments in Washington, D.C. , Phoenix, Ariz., Rochester, N.Y. and Richland, Wash. His choral conducting positions include the Alexandria Choral Society (Va.), the Women’s Chorus at the Catholic University of America, and Choral Arts of Chattanooga, where recent concerts included the Brahms "Requiem" and Paul Winter’s "Missa Gaia."

For more information, contact waldoucc@midcoast.com or 832-6898.