Spring will be here someday, even if the only green spotted is people’s clothes and shamrocks. On Saturday, March 16, gospel group Heaven’s Blend will offer a heartwarming prelude to St. Patrick’s Day at the Waldoboro Word of Life Church, 41 Old Route 1.

Made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, St. Patrick's Day is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. It commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland; and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Historically, Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption. The March 16th concert will be preceded by a potluck supper not involving that particular St. Patrick’s Day tradition.

The “wearin’ of the green” is because St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Heaven’s Blend will be more likely to share the Gospel and the Trinity through music than shamrocks, but maybe they will wear green ties.

Heaven’s Blend currently features Pastor Tom Rawley, a Waldoboro native who has been the senior pastor of the Waldoboro Word of Life Church for more than 30 years; Pastor Gary Leet, senior pastor of the Lisbon Free Baptist Church, as well as founder and teacher of Life-changing Faith Bible Center; and Tim Connelly, a worship leader at the Waldoboro Word of Life Church who also performs as Just Tim. Rawley and Connelly both have Irish roots in counties Limerick and Galway.

The free concert (a love offering will be taken) will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by the public potluck meal at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to round up family and friends, bring some food to share and have their spirit lifted as we look forward to the coming of spring.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.