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Winter—Spring Concert Series
#WCS2015 is an 8 week concert series that features live performances of original work by Jay-B and local artists. As part of the Jay-B Saffold Project, the winter concert series seeks to provide performance opportunities for artists; while creating awareness and support for the independent arts community in Saint Louis. Spotlight Lounge invites you to join us for family-friendly music, dance, comedy and more.
This event starts in March and we are still looking for performers as well!
For more info visit Spotlightlounge.org or contact Jay-B Saffold: Jaybnation@gmail.com 3149540274 | spotlightlounge.org
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If you would like to sing with the choir but can’t come on a regular basis, please consider joining us for Holy Week and Easter. We will present special music on Good Friday (April 3) and Easter (April 5). We’ll rehearse this music on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. beginning March 18. If you’d like to sing with us, simply come to choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings. You are most welcome!
iGod – ideas and images of God
“There is the essence of God and there are the attributes of God. The essence is impossible for us to understand. We can begin to understand the attributes. In fact, part of a Sufi education is to understand those attributes in yourself. God has said, ‘My servants will find Me as they see Me.’ This does not mean if you think of God as a tree or as a mountain that God will be that tree or mountain. If you think of God as merciful, or loving, or as angry or vengeful, that is how you will find God.” – Sheik Muzaffer Ozak
Lent is a perfect time to think about God in old and new ways.
On Ash Wednesday, we sang the Doxology after the Offering with these words -
Praise God whose many names abound;
Our Judge, our Rock, Our Holy Ground,
Our Home, our All, Earth’s Majesty,
Love, Spirit, Light and Mystery. Amen.
Do you have images or ideas about God that you’d like to share?
As we grow from children to teens to young adults to older adults, Bible stories speak to us in different ways. We should ask more sophisticated questions of the texts. For example, the way we think about the story of Noah’s Ark at 3 years old should be quite different from how we think about it at 13 or 30 or 55 or 97.
When we were young we likely got excited about the animals and the rainbow, not thinking too much about more than that.
As we matured, we started asking different kinds of questions:
How was Noah able to build that ark? Were there others that tried to build one too? What did Noah’s relatives, friends and neighbors think about all of this? Were there dinosaurs on the ark? Did the animals all get along? What did they eat – especially the ones whose diets consisted of some of the other animals? How did arctic animals and desert animals co-exist on the ark? Who cleaned up their waste? What happened to the ark after it landed on dry land? How did one family repopulate the world? Why did God promise not to destroy the earth again by flood – in order to leave open the possibility that God would destroy it in another way? How many other versions of this story exist in other cultures and traditions? Is this story of Noah’s Ark true?
At any age along the way, we might also ask ourselves:
Does it matter if this really happened? If the story isn’t true (as in ‘factual’), where is the truth in the story? What can we learn about God, self, one another and creation through this story? How do I relate to people who take this Bible story literally?
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
The chauffeur . . .
The Pope had just finished a tour of the East Coast and was taking a limousine to Logan Airport. Having never driven a limo, he asked the chauffeur if he could drive for a while. Well, the chauffeur didn’t have much of a choice, so he climbs in the back of the limo and the Pope takes the wheel.
The Pope proceeds onto 128, and starts accelerating to see what the limo could do. He gets to about 90 mph, and suddenly he sees the blue lights of the State Troopers in his mirror. He pulls over and the trooper comes to the window.
The trooper, seeing who it was, says, “Just a moment please, I need to call in.” The trooper calls in and asks for the chief. He tells the chief that he’s got a REALLY important person pulled over, and asks for her advice.
“It’s not another Kennedy is it?” replies the chief.
“No, Mam!” replies the trooper. “This guy’s more important.”
“Is it Deval Patrick?” replies the chief.
“No! Even more important!” says the trooper.
“No! Even more important!” replies the trooper.
“Well WHO is it?” screams the chief.
“I don’t know Mam,” replies the trooper, “but he’s got the Pope as his chauffeur.”
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