Shuck and Jive

Opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of the congregation I joyfully serve. But my congregation loves me!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama

Has a nice ring to it. A very nice ring. What a great day. I watched the inauguration on TV and attended a local party with about 500 people (I think) in Johnson City. The JC Press will likely report on it tomorrow.

Best line from the party:

God bless America.
God bless Barack Obama.
And God bless the airplane that took George W. Bush back to Texas.
My spirit was lifted today. Aretha Franklin. Wow. Yo Yo Ma and friends. Nice. The poem by Elizabeth Alexander, Praise song for the Day. Beautiful.

Rev. Lowry's prayer wrapped it all up well. It was good he was last. I have known for a long time that the benediction is the most important part of the worship service.

Rev. Warren's opening prayer was--well, loud--but better than expected.

It was 489 words including the Lord's Prayer if you would like to use that as a guide to make a pledge for LGBT rights.

Of course, it wasn't a worship service, but then again, two prayers, a poem, a sermon, and a Bible gets pretty close.

Speaking of the sermon, President Obama nailed it. He told us all to grow up. There is a new way of getting along and getting things done. We have work to do.

Excited to start a new day with some intelligence and class in the White House.