Silverside Online, Jazz Brunch, Sunday January 31 2021. The Darkness of Racism: Moving Toward the Light. Dr David Albert Farmer, Preacher.

NOTE: The Jewish Space Laser thought by some new political leadership in DC to cause California wildfires has been discovered instead to be the source of an heretofore inexplicable nudge some people are feeling to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Please make your contribution to our drive to raise funds for the Latin American Community Center Food Pantry for Emergency COVID-19 Relief. Click any of the “Contribute” links you see on this page. You can make your contribution right there online; be sure to designate your gift to this important fund, and if you have a preference of which fund raising team to get the boost of your support toward winning the Mardi Gras King Cake, indicate Gold, Green, or Purple too. We look forward to presenting the Latin American Community Center with a generous check on Mardi Gras Day.

Videographer: Blaine Breeding

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.

Silverside Online, June 28 2020. Pillars of Salt

Weather permitting, we plan to have our first face-to-face (mask-to-mask) Gathering since March on July 12 at 10 a.m. OUTDOORS at Silverside. Keep in mind that in case of bad weather at 10 a.m., we might have the Gathering later on the 12th instead of waiting a whole week to try again; a 5 p.m. vesper service could be a lovely time to meet, and driving to and from the church would be in full daylight for all trying to attend.

Chairs will be placed a minimum of six feet apart, in all directions; and may be pulled together side by side only for family members who have been quarantined together. There will be no Sunday School of child care provisions; children wearing masks are MOST WELCOME and should take seats with their parents.

No physical contact. Holy waves instead of holy kisses and hugs; at least six feet away from the person who is the wave recipient. And also with you.

Again, a prize will be given for the most innovative mask; invisible masks may not be entered for a possible win. Possible grand prizes include:

a scarf once worn by Dr. Deborah Birx

a thirty-minute Zoom use training session taught by Blaine Breeding

a collection of the beautiful music provided by Melissa Heieie, Sam Michael, and others for our online Gatherings during quarantine times in the format of your choice (excluding private in-person concerts)

a cake of Hope Soap to help with physical and mental hygiene during these challenging times

a copy of John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, with handwritten corrections by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The building will be open for restroom use only (probably one door only nearest where the chairs are set up); no more than two restrooms will be available, and only one person at a time may be in a restroom. Those waiting must observe social distancing guidelines. The service will be less than 30 minutes in length to minimize the need for restroom use on site.

Country people like the pastor are not allowed to use the wooded areas as restroom facilities.

Now to today’s sobering spirituality reflections.

Rights, Rites, Riots, and Racism

Silverside (Church), June 7 2020, Online Gathering

As with last week, if the video doesn’t start at the beginning, please manually run back to the beginning. Sorry. This is a YouTube tech problem.