Yes, I realize that (my energy has been low and) I have not been posting of late. But this, from Midlife Bat Mitzvah is just too good not to mention: Gospel Shabbat! It was a special service of the Shabbat set to gospel music composed by Stephen Saxton. Here are a couple of excerpts:
Rabbi Steven Chester – our senior rabbi, with whom I’m doing my Bat Mitzvah studies – added a political context during the closing benediction when he spoke about Arizona’s controversial new legislation allowing police to stop anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.
But I’m straying afield. Back to the Gospel Shabbat – it was moving, uplifting and inspiring. I’d love for our temple to host it again, maybe several times a year. And I could easily see this receiving an enthusiastic welcome at both synagogues and churches across the country. One of Saxon’s aims with the service, in fact, was to deepen interfaith understanding and connections between Christian churches and Jewish congregations.
It makes a lot of sense since a lot of gospel music is about the Exodus in Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land. Anyway, if you want the whole article, you can find it here.