God, Form and Improvisation

Posted: September 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

This is the weekend during which 25,000 people converge on Columbia, Missouri for the annual Roots and Blues Festival. Attendees will gorge themselves on Deep South blues, Gospel, Jazz, Rock and Traditional music. The non-stop procession of artists keep the air alive with tunes and improvisation. The juice of these music forms depend on that give and take between form and freedom, structure and novelty, the predetermined and the spontaneous.

Broadway Christian Church is a proud sponsor the the Sunday Gospel celebration at the Festival. Each year a major Gospel artist is featured. This year it is the Blind Boys of Alabama. Doesn’t get any better than that.

And for the second year our local group, Broadway Blues, will take the main stage on Sunday to play a hour-long set. We’ve spent several months preparing. Now we get to enjoy it!

As to form and freedom, structure and improvisation – that’s a perfect way to think about the way the enormous, creative, free, mysterious God is at work in the world and at work with us. There is a field of sacred energy that is eternal, essential, and foundational in this world. And within this massive and life-sustaining field there is room for improvisation by the free God and free creatures. It is at that intersection that ongoing creation takes place.

Could it get any better, to sit in on the jam session of the universe?

  1. daltonsinc@aol.com says:

    At last night’s concert I thought the same thing. Couldn’t get any better!


  2. Lee says:

    Wouldn’t miss it!

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