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'sFebruary Vespers reflection
from Annie Dillard, An American Childhood..."the mason jar sat on the teacher's desk; the big moth emerged inside it...After it emerged...painstakingly climbed the twig with which the jar was furnished....There at the twig's top, the moth shook its sodden clumps of wings. But the moth could not spread its wings. The wings could not fill, so they hardened while they were still crumpled from the cocoon...It's gold furred body was almost as big as a mouse. The teacher let the deformed creature go...It could only heave the golden wrinkly clumps where its wings should have been; it could only crawl down the school driveway on its six frail legs...I watched it go till the bell rang and I had to go in."
I thought of this story when Michael Sams came out as a gay NFL prospect. He no longer had to live in the closet, live in a mason jar, that limited his ability to be freely who he was without fear and shame.
Everyone knows that I have long stood for LGBT rights and inclusion in the Christian church. Change has come faster and more wonderfully than I could imagine. More than a few years ago one of my musician friends asked me why I cared so much about this issue. I wasn’t gay, I didn’t know that one daughter was about to come out. I told him that it is a matter of justice and dignity and Christian witness.
And I said no one should ever have to live in a closet. Sexual orientation isn’t the only thing that keeps people in closets, in Mason jars, unable to spread their wings. People sit in church afraid to ask questions they shouldn’t be afraid to ask. People live in mason jars that bind them up about relationship, God, sexuality. Some are dying to dance and afraid they will look silly. It is so easy to get lost in a fear based world that binds us like the jar bound the moth. I think we were made to be free, to celebrate the uniqueness of our one wild and lovely life. My understanding of faith is that it draws us out of whatever jar, whatever closet, we feel stuck in.
So I am thankful for Michael Sams leaving the closet and pray you will hear the world calling to you: Come out, come out wherever you are. Don’t be afraid of being who you are.
Jesus came to help us break out of the mason jars that bind us and stop us from being who we are made to be.