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 Christmas Blues reflection... Wonder (poems are on another page)
My theme tonight is wonder...it is a feeling I associate with Christmas.
I have been thinking a lot about the way my family celebrated Christmas when I was growing up in the 1950s in the great state of New Jersey. During my elementary school years, the years before my mom got sick, before my hair grew out and tension about war and civil rights came home to stay, Christmas was magical - truly a time of wonder. My parents worked at that. One way was not decorating the Christmas tree or setting up the Lionel train set until after my sister and I went to bed Christmas Eve....When we were asleep Santa took care of it, we were told. Our parents set everything up as we slept. This meant that on Christmas morning, after we woke up, we gathered in the kitchen to open the door, look down the stairs and saw the tree decorated and lit up with gifts piled high. It was a great time, great magic, a special gift.
... Friends, what I felt then I still need now as an almost 70 year old adult, I know I need wonder in my life.
...I think maintaining a send of wonder is good for the spirit and soul...Wonder gives life meaning, it combats boredom. All that is required is that we pay attention and nurture an open heart. We can do that, community helps us and music helps us. I fear that the obsession we have to look at our phones mitigates against wonder.
...I doubt if when Jesus was born it looked like what Christmas cards and church bulletins tell us. That's okay. Using a Native American phrase, "just because it didn't happen that way doesn't mean it isn't true." The wonder of Christmas is that all that is holy came to humanity, not in a few laws, or good ideas or a good book. In the Christian household, all that is holy came in the form of a human being, a person, the word made flesh.
...Merry Christmas everyone, Happy Holidays no matter if you believe or don't. No matter if you are Christian, Muslim or Jew, I pray that you can remain open to wonder, to surprise, to beauty. It is an amazing place, this world - remember the black warbler. It is amazing to be alive, it's a thing of wonder, as is this music.