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Sherman Church to host “A Love Supreme” worship service paying tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane

Sherman United Methodist Church (Photo by A. David Dahmer)

Sherman United Methodist Church on Madison’s North Side will host “A Love Supreme” worship service to honor Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.

The worship service, which will also feature an art exhibit and a jazz set, will be a tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and will feature artwork art, music and a sermon inspired by Coltrane’s seminal work, “A Love Supreme.” Coltrane was widely considered one of the most innovative composers and musicians in the history of jazz and composed “A Love Supreme” in December 1964, releasing it a year later.

John Coltrane
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“We are so excited to celebrate in this fashion. Blending the arts with worshipping God really underscores the love of Jesus which unites us all.” said Sherman Church Rev. David Hart.

The composition “Love Supreme” is a four-part suite broken up into tracks: “Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance,” and “Psalm.” Coltrane intended the composition to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity and expresses deep gratitude in which he admitted to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by God, according to a press release from Sherman Church.

Sherman United Methodist Church is located at 3705 N. Sherman Ave.