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 June 18 Summertime reflections...
The calendar tells us that Tuesday is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. And I am ready for full blown summer. I like the long days, the different pace of life, the way things grow. I like baseball, cold beer on the deck, and music sung outdoors. The older I get the more I pay attention to the movement of time, the flow of the seasons...
With fall comes the beginning of new programs, crisp cool nights...and shortened days...winter... things turn inward, growth happens unseen, you read books and slow down...spring is the birth of new possibility...then back to summer....
...I think it is important to pay attention to the passing of seasons inside and outside...
What season is your life today? It's a question I have been asking these days.
When it comes to my summer, 2017 will be a season to try and take in the easy flow of summer time. Spring was challenging, fall will bring new challenges...I will choose a different rhythm for summer. A being present, enjoying the passage of time rhythm, listening to music rhythm, and a time to renew so I can engage.
What is your rhythm this summer?...
I hope for all of us there will be moments when the words of the old Gershwin song become our words...Summertime and the livin' is easy.
May it be so