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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Even as the preacher, I won't hesitate to admit it: my favorite part of church is the music.

When we sing together, when the choir soars, when the piano quietly holds space for prayer, I am  often delivered into the presence of God. Even in my private time with God, I will often sing a hymn as a way of praying, or just listen to a favorite musical piece. 

Under Scott Stroman's leadership, we are blessed by excellent music at AIC. Scott and I regularly talk in our worship planning meetings about our faith, our prayers, our creative processes and the ways we are trying to invite and invoke God's presence in our worship together. This Sunday, we thought we might share some of that conversation with you. 

Supported by some of Scott's favorite jazz compositions, we'll hear a Psalm of praise to God and talk about music, prayer and creativity. I hope you can join us, and I trust the Spirit will show up, in word, in fellowship, in song, in sharing.


Faithfully,

Pastor Jennifer


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Our Church: Then and Now

Below is a May 1906 excerpt from the church’s old monthly publication, “The London Signal,” marking a century and a half since the foundation of the original Tottenham Court Road Chapel. At the time, Tottenham Court Road was little more than a country road situated between cow pastures and crab and walnut tree fields, running between St. Giles-in-the-Fields and the Adam and Eve Tavern (near what is now Warren Street) with only two houses and two inns between here and Hampstead.

Though the original building no longer stands and the Whitefield congregation has since been disbanded and integrated into the American International Church, there is a remarkable consistency in the mission and ministry God has given us—to provide “a place for the Gospel,” as Whitefield put it, “a spiritual centre for high and low alike.”

 
Whitefield’s Foundation Day, from The London Signal, 1906

On May 10th, 1756, George Whitefield laid the foundation stone of the first building erected on our present site. … The building of the first “Chapple in Tottenham Court Road” was a great event; and gave Selina, Countess of Huntingdon an opportunity she was not slow to improve of attacking the purses of her “friends at Court.” We are told that even “Royalty” had a few bricks in the original building. It is not often that the Court and the Stage come to the assistance of a Free Church; but then we have never been ordinary. Whitefield was burlesqued and caricatured at the Theatres; but that fine soul, David Garrick, superior to the vulgar prejudice of this class, sent Whitefield five hundred pounds, “to pay the workmen.” Another notable personality who paid in hard coin his tribute to the greatest preacher of the time was Benjamin Franklin. It must have been an impressive sight to have seen the original Chapel, with its four thousand hearers, and a Whitefield in the pulpit. Little wonder that high and low flocked to this new spiritual centre.
 
 
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