COLUMBIA — The Oikos Ensemble performed at the Welcome Place at Columbia United Church of Christ on Saturday.*
The ensemble performs a liturgy inspired by jazz music.
The Rev. Cliff Aerie, artist-in-residence for the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ, runs the ensemble. Pianist Chris Bakriges will be accompanying Aerie at Saturday's performance.
"We felt it would be a great tie-in to the Welcome Place, and a good way to raise awareness now that we're up and running," the Rev. Steve Swope of Columbia United Church of Christ said.
Aerie is leading a series of workshops for the region's 11 churches, held at the centrally located Columbia branch. The workshops focus on creative worship, like the Welcome Place.
"It's always special to be part of a new venture, especially as churches seek to reach out creatively to the broader community," Aerie said. "The Welcome Place sounds like a great outreach effort by the church. I'm eager to see what they’re doing and lending our music to their worship."