Vespers Format ~ usually every third Sunday at 5 p.m. ~ but can really be anytime or multiples so please check here often.
Blues Vespers is music, poetry and a brief reflection. All are welcome.
The event is always free. An offering is taken for the musicians or if it is a fundraiser we will take an offering for that cause.
· Welcome, announcements
· Band introduction
· Poem(s), introduce month's theme
· 2-3 songs from the band
· Poem(s), reflection
· 2-3 more songs
· Silent prayer, offering
· 1-2 more songs
No July or August Blues Vespers
Come see The Show Ponies
July 24 - 7 p.m.
Past Blues Reflection
excerpt from Pastor Dave's June 21 Vespers reflection:
As I struggled last week with the shootings at Emanuel AME church in Charleston I found the words in a pastoral letter written by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, the presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, important and helpful. Excerpts from that letter are below. Together I pray we can be instruments of peace, healing and reconciliation.
From the letter:
“We might say that this was an isolated act by a deeply disturbed man. But we know that is not the whole truth. It is not an isolated event. And even if the shooter was unstable, the framework upon which he built his vision of race is not. Racism is a fact in American culture. Denial and avoidance of this fact are deadly. The Rev. Mr. Pinckney leaves a wife and children. The other eight victims leave grieving families. The family of the suspected killer and two congregations are broken. When will this end?
I urge all of us to spend a day in repentance and mourning. And then we need to get to work. Each of us and all of us need to examine ourselves, our church and our communities. We need to be honest about the reality of racism within us and around us. We need to talk and we need to listen, but we also need to act. No stereotype or racial slur is justified. Speak out against inequity. Look with newly opened eyes at the many subtle and overt ways that we and our communities see people of color as being of less worth. Above all pray – for insight, for forgiveness, for courage. ~The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in America