Blues Vespers

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

·     Blessing

·     Encore


MERCYLAND hymns for the rest of us: Chapter Two



Blues Vespers

July 20

The Mark Riley Trio 

w/Paul Green


Mark Riley - winner of the 2014 Best of Blues award for Slide Guitar as well as a Lifetime Achievement award and membership in the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame! Paul Green was inducted into the Washngton Blues Society Hall of Fame in 2008.



Artists Video/Media

Mark Riley offical website

Paul Green offical website


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Past Blues Reflection

excerpt from Pastor Dave's June 15 Vespers reflection:

IPC, along with Broadway Center & Drunken Telegraph, is hosting an evening titled: Crossing the Threshold: LGBTQA Stories of the Spirit during Pride Week in July. It will be great and I am honored that the planners of Pride Week trusted and sought us out as partners.

...On almost every list, PRIDE is considered the orginal and most serious of the seven deadly sins and the source of the other six. PRIDE is heavy stuff. In Dante's Divine Comedy, the penitents guilty of PRIDE are burdened with stone slabs on their necks which force them to keep their heads bowed. 

...PRIDE is the absence of humility, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others and excessive admiration of the personal self. 

...But there is another way of looking at PRIDE. It is feeling good about yourself, not being ashamed of who you are. PRIDE in this sense is the opposite of shame and an antidote to the guilt that some carry for no good reason at all. It is this PRIDE I am happy to provide the occasion for the LBGTQA community to celebrate. We could all use a little more of this PRIDE. PRIDE because we feel good about who we are, how we are made and where we live.

Maybe Gay Pride Week has a lesson to teach all of us, calling us out of whatever closets we hide in, inviting us to celebrate the uniqueness of who we are as children of God.

...I am excited about Pride Week. I am excited that fewer people live in closets and more feel proud of who they are and how they are made. Maybe there is a gift to us all in the PRIDE celebration. An invitation to not be ashamed of our humanity, our fleshy existence.

Past Blues Poetry