Singing the Old Songs

"Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.  Ooo, ooo, ooo.
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away? Hey hey hey."
This week, my ears are ringing with Paul Simon.  I didn't get to hear him sing  Mrs. Robinson sitting in the nosebleeds this last Tuesday as he said goodbye to domestic touring. The only song (that I can recall...he played for almost three hours) he stole back from his days of collaborating with Art Garfunkel was the lyrically lilting  Bridge Over Troubled Waters.  Garfunkel still sings that the best, by the way, but Paul held his own in a way that only the parent of those lyrics could.
They are his lyrics.
But he covered most of his solo albums, from the folk-heavy  Songbook tracks ( Sound of Silence is perhaps the most famous from that offering) to the Caribbean-influenced beats off of  Rhythm of the Saints.
And the whole time, sitting up there in the nosebleeds, could pick up the slight social commentary interjected throughout most of the pieces.
Though Simon comes from the Folk genre, his songs were never as  overtly political as many of his contemporaries (though American Tune, written just after the Nixon election is a notable exception...which he sang in wonderful voice on Tuesday).  And yet, if you listened carefully there was still this feeling of resistance running through his lyrics.  A surprise attack on your sensibilities that called you to question what was going on in the world.  Or, more rightly, called the world to question how things were going.  It worked in a subversive way.
Like water slowly eroding a rock.  Like a blister slowly telling you that the shoe doesn't fit.
Like your conscience.

Sunday's Readings
Psalm 133
1 Corinthians 12:12-26  

This Sunday, we will bless the Good Shepherd youth and adults that will be heading to Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering on June 27.

Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) - June 27, 5:15 - 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall   This monthly worship service is geared towards families with small children, but all are welcome!

Books and Brew - July 2, 6:30-7:30 pm at Sola Coffee CafĂ©   Pastor Tim and Pastor Marsha will be hosting another Books and Brew to go along with our summer sermon series. Join them to dig into the themes of Being Disciples by Rowan Williams, make connections with one another, and grow in faith.  

Church in the World: Blessing of Bikes, Trikes, and All Wheeled Things - Sunday, July 8, 9:45 am at Sertoma Arts Center   - Bring your wheeled things to this worship service with communion outside Sertoma Arts Center.  Worship will also be held at Good Shepherd during this time. 

Let's Build -  Saturday, July 21   -  Join members of GSLC, local Lutheran churches, and the community to build a Habitat house. No building experience necessary! Sign up  here.

More information about upcoming events is available in this week's bulletin announcements .

Health and healing for Cindy Davis; Courtney McLaren, daughter of Sue Ragone; and Glen Peterson, brother of Brenda Chaplinsky.  

Sympathy to Ed Lee and family at the death of his mother, Mary Ann.

Prayers for the guests that are staying with us through Family Promise through Sunday.  May we be a place of hospitality and comfort.  

For the orphans of Mnene Parish, including Siphathisiwe Sigono and Memory Zhou.

Sipha, 21, is a cheerful, energetic, outgoing young lady. She has begun taking a short course at Zvishavane Vocational School. We haven't yet received news as to which course of study she is pursuing. She visited with our 2017 mission team at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Caudill and Valente families.
Memory is 23 and happily married.  As of November 2017 she, her husband, and their baby are living in Gweru, Zimbabwe.  Mnene staff report that she is happy, well cared for and doing well.  She is no longer in the GSLC support program.  We continue to hold her and her family in our prayers.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are Randy and Lori King and Bonnie Livingston.
Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.

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