Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Jazz Vespers at St John's Cathedral
When you walk into the cathedral it is obvious that something serious is about to happen. We sat in the nave which has a ceiling that looks like the bottom structure of a ship; Jesus has turned the world upside down and we are saved as Noah was inside the ark he made. I sat down in a pew and looked around somewhat confused as to the purpose of everything inside the cathedral which was good. God is not simple; he is mysterious in many ways and clear in others. This is black history month so the music was primarily African-American spirituals and Jazz classics by Joplin etc. An African-American couple came in after I did and went up to a group of white people, hugging and kissing them. This was beautiful and almost made me cry. The music was beautiful and the musicians enjoyed it as much as I did. We read scripture, prayed and sang together. There was a short lesson on the courage of Esther which was amazing.