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 October 19 Vespers reflection:
It is Noble prize season and so tonight the Noble prize gives me two stories and a topic...
The first is about Malala...She is an amazing young woman who moves me to the edge of tears every time I hear her speak...She told the Daily Show's Jon Stewart that when she learned she was a target while living in Pakistan, she often thought about how she would react if she found herself face-to-face with a terrorist. At first, she thought she would fight back, but then realized she could not stoop to his level...Once she decided she could not resond with violence, Yousafzai thought about what she would say. "I would tell him how important educaton is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That's what I want to tell you. Now do what you want." Whatever fear she felt, it did not have the last word with her...She had to be afraid yet she faced the fear down for a higher cause. Fear is rampant in our society these days. It is debilitating.
I see fear behind another Nobel story that is sort of funny, especially if you know North Dakota. It is about astrophysicist Brian Schmidt, who won the 2011 Nobel Physics Prize for co-discovering dark energy, the mysterious element of the universe that is causing expansion of spacetime to speed up...
Schmidt told a story about travelling with the Nobel Prize...
"When I won this, my grandma, who lives in North Dakota, wanted to see it. I was coming around do I decided to bring my Nobel Prize. You would think that carrying around a Nobel prize would be uneventful and it was uneventful until I tried to leave Fargo with it and my bag went throught the X-Ray machine. I could see they were puzzled. It was in my laptop bag. It's made of gold so it absorbs all the x-rays–it's completely black. And they had never seen anything completely black.
They're like, 'Sir, there's something in your bag.'
I said, 'Yes, I think it's this box.'
They said, 'What's in the box?'
I said, 'A large gold medal."
So they opened it up.
'What's it made out of?'
I said, 'Gold.'
And they're like. 'Who gave it to you?'
'The King of Sweden.'
'Why did he give you this?'
'Because I helped discover that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating.'
At which point they were beginning to lose their sense of humor.
I explained it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, 'Why were you in Fargo?'"
...I am glad secuity is alert and wise and careful. But! Wouldn't you think there might be some curiousity or respect? Maybe a congratulations or WOW instead of only, "Why were you in Fargo?" The culture of fear made them focus on threat and not see the amazing accomplishment.
One of my favorite sayings is that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear. Fear is in the air and in the water. Malala, who knows fear much more intimately pushes beyond it to live out her conviction. The guy in the airport oculdn't see what was in front of him.
I think of that old Youndbloods song...
Love is but the song we sing,
Fear is the way we die...