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
Past Blues Reflection
excerpt from Pastor Dave's February 15 Vespers reflection:
I gave a children's sermon last week about how when I was in elementary school I wanted to be someone else...Rey Cedarburg who stole cigarettes, had a girlfriend and a great head of hair. John Royal who got straight A's and Peter Cox because he did not have an annoying little sister...My mom listened as I told her this...with her big mama hands around my child's little hands said there was only one me and no one could be me as well as I could. I usually said yes, but still wished I was Rey, until it slowly sunk in and I began to accept myself.
I thought of the challenge and opportunity we have to accept ourselves and be happy in our own skin in relation to two news stories...Brian Williams misremembering being in a life threatening situation....and Alex Rodriquez who cheated. Both had success beyond imagining...but it wasn't enough...they wanted something else...based on lies or exaggeration.
How hard it is to accept being ourselves and what sweet grace it is when we stop the sideward glance, wishing we were her or him and look straight in the mirror and be glad of what we see.
...When it is all said and done..it is about accepting and being me. Growing, fixing the broken parts, celebrating the parts that work!..it is about accepting and being the best Dave Brown, no lies or BS, that I can be. My mother taught me that...In my memory it is her valentine to me this February Day and it is the one I share with you.