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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

·     Blessing

·     Encore

Past Blues Reflection

Excerpts from Pastor Dave's  October  reflection...

...from my friend Rachel Baiman's solo album title song, Shame. It is a very strong song and it starts like this...

Well old white men write books about faith and healing love
And old white men look happily look onto others from above
In the name of sweet religion they would lay their claims on me
And ask me to be grateful for triumphant jubilee

They wanna bring me shame
Well there ain't no shame
You better look away, bow your head and pray
cuz I won't feel shame

I told Rachel this,"older white man doesn't want you to feel shame either." I recognize that the church is perceived by some as an inherently shaming institution. And to move it beyond the church I recognize that young people sometimes feel shamed by older people. There is a lot of shaming going on and it needs to stop! ... Shame is a powerful emotion. Simply put, when someone feels shame they feel bad about their whole self. They feel stigmatized/excluded/on the outside looking in. Shame is different than guilt. Guilt is feeling remorse for something that you did. There is a healthy place for guilt. There is no healthy place for shame. Shame is feeling bad about your whole person. No one should feel shame. Each person is a gift...

I think it's time in the church to replace shame with blessing. No one should feel shame, everyone should know they are a blessing, a gift, beautiful and precious. It is my new crusade: replace shame for blessing. We do that by being kind to each other, being respectful.

There is lots of hard stuff in the world right now. Lots of things people can feel guilty about, but just like I don't want my friend Rachel to feel shame. I don't want anyone to feel that way.