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Discovering the Gospel in Jazz

posted by Robert Gelinas

Tonight, in The Upper Room, we will enChrislangv3_4joy the soulful sounds of Chris Lang and company. 

He will set the stage for us to look at Mystery in Jazz.  The gospel of Christ is a mystery revealed but that doesn’t mean that it should become less mysterious.

Additionally, we will consider what it means to follow in the foot steps of the most creative being in the universe.

See ya tonight,

robert



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Daniel Sesay

posted July 26, 2007 at 12:37 am


I was truly blessed by Pastor Robert, Chris Lang and the rest of the band. I could’ve sat there all night.
a) It truly was a worship-filled evening as Chris expressed his love for the Lord and his family through his music – bro, you rock!
b) I was also blessed by how Robert linked Evangelism and Jazz. That we’re called to experience God in a way that no one else does (my paraphrase). Unfortunately we’ve tried to “sell” the same cookie-cutter gospel to everyone and have not only fallen short but have left a bad taste in peoples’ mouths for the gospel. But bringing the gospel to someone means entering their own story (listening and responding – jazz concepts) before we can bring the gospel to them in a way that makes sense. Wow!!!!
I also think that the because we don’t take time to listen to people, we do not avail ourselves for God to use us in a unique way in their lives.
I’m there next week.



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Rebecca Schaefer

posted July 26, 2007 at 5:05 pm


Two things that are stamped on my mind from Jazz PM #2, and have haunted me all day, are the thought of having a “time” (quiet or not) with God where we enjoy & celebrate each other, and journeying alongside another “responder” while he/she determines what role they want Jesus to have in their life: King, Savior, good buddy, Raboni, Messiah, Lord, teacher, etc.
My quiet time has already changed from reading, journaling & praying to more of a “hymn-sing” while I walk Huckleberry…I’m scared, but willing to try another type of relating that looks more like “iconography” and feels more like a thriving marriage, and smells more like High Mass at a liturgical church.
My favorite occupation in the world is spiritual formation: being formed by another & allowing the Trinity to use my heart, mouth & mind to speak some Truth into someone else’s life, or to call out a natural bent or gifting I notice. The “accepting” where they are as sacred ground is the challenge, and then I need courage to allow God’s rythm to permeate the process, as opposed to me trying to speed things up for my pleasure!



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