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 September 21 Vespers reflection:
In the middle of an ordinary subway train, on an ordinary day, extraordinary music breaks out. What would you do if you were on the A train that afternoon? The folks in the video were pretty cool and nonchalant New Yorkers. Some smiled, some gave glances, and some barely noticed the amazing music in their midst. Lots of eyes stayed down, focused on their phone screens. Music was happening all around them and they were checking Facebook?! Beauty and wonder all around and they were lost in a digital never-neverland.
We see this all the time. Ann and I heard Crosby, Stills and Nash at the winery last Sunday night. They were very good and the night was gorgeous. It got dark early so the lit stage was amazing as were the few stars that we could see twinkling overhead. Yet the man in the folding chair next to us spent a goodly portion of the show gazing at his screen, texting back and forth about something or other...
This is not just a rant about electronic media...For me I believe part of a spiritual life, or maybe just a meaningful life, is knowing how, most of the time, to be present to the present. Much of the poetry I choose is chosen in part because of how the poet helps us to see and pay attention to the world around us.
Learning to be present will expose you to the pain of the world, perhaps in a way that will prompt you to try and make it better...it can also afford you the occasional experience of bliss and amazement. A passage from Annie Dillards, A Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek:
“...The mockingbird took a single step into the air and dropped. His wings were still folded against his sides as though he were singing from a limb and not falling, accelerating thirty-two feet per second, through empty air. Just a breath before he would have been dashed to the ground, he unfurled his wings with exact, deliberate care, revealing the broad bars of white, spread his elegant white-banded tail, and so floated onto the grass. I had just rounded a corner when his insouciant step caught my eye; there was no one else in sight. The fact of his free fall was like the old philosophical conundrum about the tree that falls in the forest. The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.”
"Beauty and grace are perfomed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there." ...There is beauty all around us. My prayer is that you and I will once in a while put down our books, our phones, our papers and open our eyes and be nourished by the wonder in this world.
And if we happen to be on the A train and the cast from Lion King is singing their hearts out - I hope we lift our heads and a smile comes to our faces.
Life is filled with sweet surprises...it really is.