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 January 18 Vespers reflection:
This MLK weekend we have been reminded in a multitude of ways of the greatness of Dr. King and the great distance between life as we live it and his vision, his true and deep vision of freedom, real justice and reconciliation, not polarization....The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases raised important concerns and questions...Yet, it broke my heart and worried me deeply the way these tragedies led to stigmatizing all police officers. This is wrong.
My heart grieved when two NYPD officers were assassinated in their squad car...The deaths of these officers have been used by voices on the right and left to create a bigger divide between people. The death of the two public servants should bring us together in shared grief, outrage and sadness. Dr. King surely would have mourned the senseless deaths of officers Wenjain Liu and Rafael Ramos, just as he would have questioned the decisions made in the Brown and Garner cases. His vision was bigger than one side against the other...That is why the cover of the newest New Yorker magazine is so powerful to me.
Barry Blitt drew the cover, inspired by the photographs of Dr. Kings Selma-to-Montgomery march...Dr. King is in the center of the cover. On one side is Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown. On the other is officer Wenjian Lui. They are all joined together with linked arms and an American flag is in the background. It is a statement against the polarization we have today.
The cover paints the vision we need to live toward a true and meaningful reconciliation. Let that work for healing, truth telling and justice begin with us.