What is Blues Vespers?
Vespers is the traditional word for evening worship marked by music and prayer. Blues Vespers is a way of combining a time for reflection and prayer with blues music.
Blues music and its cousin, gospel music, often expresses in its words and music human joy, longing, passion and pain. An evening’s music reminds us that God is there for us in all of life, often in the places where we are most human.
Blues, like many other forms of music, can help express what we experience in life. At times music can be prayer. At other times God speaks to us as we listen and are entertained by the music. Musicians often find music a form of spiritual expression.
With all that said, there are times we simply enjoy listening to good music – which in itself is pretty nice and can nourish our souls.
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
Excerpts from Pastor Dave's January 15 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reflections...
As I thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and today's realities, I looked over some of his work and three general themes emerged:
- The call to transformed and not conformed to the world.
- His belief that we are empowered and can change the world. His rejection that somehow if we have enough faith and enough prayers God would do it for us.
- His vision, his dream, which is still deferred but also still alive.
Check out Past Blues Poetry for excerpts of the readings...