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Singer Brown leads ecumenical service

NORTH CANAAN — The town’s churches are coming together to offer a Railroad Days event like none other.

“A Celebration in Song and Praise with Michael Brown” invites everyone to Pilgrim House on Sunday, July 11, at 3 p.m. for a rousing — and spiritual — good time. A free-will offering will be accepted, and donated entirely to Haiti earthquake relief efforts through Church World Service.

Brown is a popular local performer who is known for his energetic musical performances. He also preaches, although he is best known as a performer, a teacher and the leader of an area gospel choir that includes students and faculty from local private schools.

North Canaan Congregational Pastor Rosemary Dawson and the Rev. Rosalie Richards, of Christ Church “kicked around” the idea of a nondenominational service during the 11-day festival with other clergy. Local churches have been holding ecumenical worship on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. This one will take the place of the July service.

“Michael is a charismatic gift to the community,” Richards said. “We needed to share and encourage everyone to come.”

Brown will spend some time in between the music talking about a Bible verse from Jeremiah that moves him, and to which he hopes all can relate and find comfort in.

Sponsors include Canaan United Methodist, St. Joseph’s and the Seventh-day Adventist churches. Light refreshments will follow the service.

What sort of turnout do they expect for a spiritual-based event?

“Anyone who knows Michael Brown tells me they are coming,” Dawson said.

“No one should miss it, said Lorma Davis, of Christ Church. “I expect the walls to burst open.”

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