God Is Waiting, Not Us. Silverside Sunday Morning Online. November 29 2020. David Albert Farmer, Ph.D., Preacher and Pastor.

Melissa Heieie, Electric Piano and Celtic Harp

Sam Michael, Guitar

Carolyn Hendrix, Cello

Thanksgiving 2020 with Silverside Online. Dr David Albert Farmer, Preacher and Pastor.

May your Thanksgiving Day be an uplifting and thoughtful time of reflective and an opportunity to learn more about the deeper experiences of feeling and expressing gratitude.

All of those who joined with me in contributing to and producing this video are remarkable at what they do, at the talent they shared as a part of this viewing and listening experience for you. Keep scrolling down to get to it.

The music and the photography are amazing. I am thankful to and for our Director of Music, Melissa Heieie whom you’ll hear playing the keyboard and the Celtic harp and who, of course, imagined and organized all the music you’ll hear today. Other musicians joining with her for today are: Carolyn Hendrix, cello; Sam Michael, guitar; and Susan Ryan, flute. I am also thankful to and for each of these three gifted artists. The nature photography you’ll see is by David Clarke, Karen Purdy, and Margaret Walker; most of the pictures you will see were taken by Dr. Karen Purdy. All photography is over the top. I am, likewise, thankful to and for Dave, Karen, and Dr Margaret Walker. And the often overlooked technical energy who sewed all the pieces of this video into a single whole for you was Blaine Breeding; he does this for us weekly. I am thankful to and for Blaine. Finally, I am thankful to and for you, the Silverside family and our friends and our visitors, who will complete this whole process by watching and listening.

Gratefully,

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Knowledge and Ethics: Are There Limits? Sermon theme suggested by Dr. E. Carson Brisson. Silverside Sunday morning online. November 22 2020. Dr. David Albert Farmer, Preacher and Pastor.

A short-short story sermon—perhaps a parable—by David Albert Farmer, PhD, preacher and pastor. November 15 2020. Silverside Sunday Morning Online.

The Palms at Pontchartrain Senior Residence

Metairie, Louisiana

November 6, 2020; 6:45 p.m.

Alex Toups, R.N., is about to begin a twelve-hour shift as charge nurse in the healthcare unit. A former Marine Corps medic, Alex completed his B.S. in Nursing after his discharge from the Marines. About ten years into the practice of nursing, Alex has begun to eye LSU’s Doctor of Nursing Science degree to further his knowledge of and skills in geriatric nursing. He was so conscientious about wearing a mask everywhere except at home, he often missed seeing his handsome face in those quick passes by mirrors and other reflectors as he went about his tasks. Yes, he was vain about his looks, and could be. A small flaw if at all. His patients and their families raved about the excellence of the care they received from Alex. He was touched by the compliments, but his vanity as to good looks did not keep him from saying every time his work was praised, “I just try to honor my God who gave me any gift I have and my Lord Jesus who taught me how to care.”

Russell Prince is an 89-year-old apparent Covid survivor. A fifteen-year resident in one of the nearby upscale senior adult apartments (a one-bedroom model since he became a widower), he was a patient in the healthcare unit at the Palms because they offered short-term care to non-residents when beds were available. Russell loved everything about Donald Trump and tolerated no criticisms of the President in his presence; he detested the liberal media and found plenty of like-minded patriots in Metairie. He donated substantially to the current campaign as he had to the first. Russell refused to entertain the notion that he became infected while attending a gathering of Trump supporters at which masks were forbidden. He had collected several Make America Great Again caps. Off a ventilator and out of ICU, the first thing he asked his granddaughter to bring him was his favorite MAGA cap. His vocal cords hadn’t recovered from the throat tubes, and he still needed supplemental oxygen. His doctors were amazed at his recovery.

On Not Taking People and Significant Experiences for Granted. Sermon Theme Suggested by Michael McKnight. Michael McKnight, guest pianist. Silverside Sunday Morning Online, November 8 2020. David Albert Farmer, Ph.D., Preacher and Pastor.

Marc Chagall, lithograph, 1960, “Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law”

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”

Aldous Huxley

When the Weight of the World Stops Resting and Decides to Reside on Your Shoulders. Silverside Online. Sunday Morning, November 1 2020. Dr David Albert Farmer, Preacher and Pastor.

I worry about you a great deal, Mma.[Mrs.]. I worry that you will take all the cares of the world on your shoulders and that you will collapse under the weight. I worry that you will open your heart to so many people that eventually it will be full—crowded—and it will stop because there is no room for the blood to go round. I am worried that you will look after so many people that you will forget that there is one person who also needs looking after, and that person is you, Mma. I am worried about all these things.” 

Alexander McCall Smith, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

New Common Ground Sighted: New Hope for Unity. Silverside Sunday Morning, October 25 2020. Ms. Melissa Heieie, Director of Music; Dr. John Siegfried, Director of Music Emeritus; Dr. David Albert Farmer, Preacher and Pastor

Jerushah Duford, granddaughter of the late Billy Graham

Floral Arrangement by Dorothy Siegfried

“Something is very wrong when we spend billions on political contests while hungry people die in our streets and unemployed people slip ever more hopelessly into the despairs of poverty.”

–Dr. David Albert Farmer, in prayer

Deepening Connections (theme suggested/lived out by Sharon Orr Skeenes), Silverside Sunday afternoon, October 18 2020, Preacher and Pastor–Rev David Albert Farmer, PhD

Today’s Floral Arrangement (that you will see several times in the video and in this David Clarke photo) by Dorothy Siegfried

If God Kept Your Appointment Book (or Calendar App!). Silverside Sunday Morning Online, October 11 2020. Dr. David Albert Farmer, Preacher and Pastor.

Sermon theme for this week suggested by Dr. Diane Chen.

Detours often take us to safer roadways and scenic parkways.

David Albert Farmer