FARMINGTON — The Farmington First Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual Lent concert series. Each week a different band will perform.

The concerts will take place every Wednesday at 12 p.m.

Sharon Brink helped organize the concert series. She said the church thinks "it's nice to have a break in the middle of the week during the special Lent season."

Brink said Lent is a time of preparation for Easter.

The time is generally set aside for Christians to focus on improving their relationship with God. This generally involves giving up something that is hard to give up or is a vice.

Each concert in the series will feature a scripture reading, also known as a homily. Each homily will be based on a "heart" theme. Brink said the pastor will give a brief message during each concert.

Brink said the concerts are open to the public.

"Anybody can walk in and feel comfortable," Brink said.

Lunch will be provided before and after the concerts. Brink said the church tried to choose times that would be convenient for people who work. The first lunch session will start at 11:30 a.m. and the second will be at 12:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

Brink said people who feel uncomfortable attending the lunch can just attend the concerts.

The first concert will feature Vintage People, a local band. The homily will be "Heart Attack." The service will focus on looking at the heart rather than the physical appearance.

Tennille Taylor, a local violinist, will perform on Feb.


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27. The reading that week will be "Heart Murmur." The reading will be bible verses about the casting out of demons and about Jesus' purpose.

Taylor owns Tennille's Violin House, which provides private Suzuki violin lessons. She also plays for the San Juan Symphony.

The week of March 6, the homily will focus on the Biblical parable of the Great Banquet. The parable tells the story of a man who has prepared a feast and invited many guests. When the time comes for the banquet to be held, each guest comes up with an excuse to not attend. The man then sends his servant out to find other people to come to the banquet.

The Trumpet Geezers will be playing.

The reading for the week of March 13 will focus on the Biblical parables of the lost coin and the prodigal son. The parable of the lost coin tells about a woman who searches everywhere for some money that she's lost. The prodigal son is the story of a father with two sons. One son takes his inheritance and squanders it on worldly pleasures. When he has nothing left, he returns in shame and asks his father to make him a servant. Instead his father holds a celebration in the shamed son's honor. The father's other responsible son becomes jealous and the father reprimands the son's jealousy.

Chokecherry Jam, a local Bluegrass band, will be performing. Chokecherry Jam is a quartet, featuring a banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin.

The parable of the prodigal son will also be the reading for the next week's service, in which the Chancel Choir will perform.

The final concert of the series will feature Tres Rios Quartet. The homily will be "Heart Ache," focusing on a Samaritan woman who gives water to Jesus even though Jesus was a Jew and Jews didn't associate with Samaritans. Jesus then tells the woman about living water.

The First Presbyterian Church is located at 865 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.