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
Due to a scheduling error there is no Blues Vespers in May
June 19 - 5 p.m.
The Mark Riley Trio
with guest Dean Reichert
Past Blues Reflection
excerpts from Pastor Dave's March 20 Vespers reflection:
....Easter and spring are about hope, new possibility and baseball, which until opening day carry with it the chance that the Mariners play in the post season. Felix deserves it, from my lips to Gods ears. In her poem about the heron, Jane Hirschfield says that, "Hope is the hardest love we carry." It is hard to carry hope. It is easy to despair. I know that. Personally we all have our life struggles and sometimes they wear us down. Politically, this mean season in American politics easily makes me afraid for the world we are leaving our children. It's hard to have hope. But we must not give up that spark of life. We owe it to those children to keep hope alive.
We nourish hope with music, relationships, friends and draw energy for hope from the small and big acts of courage we see around us each day. We nourish individual hope with simple acts of humanity including a willinginess to form relationships, deep relationships with people who have different religious understandings. I see hope in those standing up and saying NO - simply and loudly - No to the words of hate, the islamophobia, the demonization of those who are different. It is not the American way. I see hope there.
....And for those in the Christian household there is hope that when empire tried to wipe the way of Jesus off the stage of history they failed. He lived and lives in the community called church.
The world offers itself to your imagination. In the words of the John Hiatt song, we can live in fear or act out of hope. Let's act out of hope.