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When in our Music God is Glorified by Ann Posey

When in our music God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried,

How often, making music, we have found
a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound

So has the church, in liturgy and song,
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
borne witness to the truth in every tongue:

And did not Jesus sing a Psalm that night
when utmost evil strove against the Light?
Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight:

Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always:
Hallelujah! Amen.

             --Fred Pratt Green

We hope you will join us for the Two or More/Pipes and Keys program, September 16, 2:30 pm in the sanctuary of Second Baptist.  The program will feature classical to rag, printed to improvised, hymn settings to dance.  The performers include Josie and Addie Hilton, Naomi and Adam Fuller, Helen Brown, Amy Duncan, Michelle Cook, Carole Tanner, Elliott Yoakum, Angie Fuller, Leslie Bunch, David Fulk, Bill Stilfield, Ron Whited, Julie Williams, Karen Trischler, Kim Kankiewicz, and Marianne Neth.  As you see the names, you will have an idea of what you will get to hear! 

Music is the mediator between the life of the senses and the life of the spirit. - Beethoven (1770-1827)

at Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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A Community of Talent by Ann Posey

“Imagine a world without poetry, dance, song, comedy, film,
architecture, painting, stories, symphonies, theater or sculpture. Such a
world would be bland. Art brings vibrancy and beauty to our lives.
Creativity is both a fully human and fully divine experience. It is an
acknowledgment that something eternal and full of truth lies behind the
temporal world in which we live. It focuses our eyes on the pain around
us, the injustice in front of us, the joy abounding within us, and the
pull we feel towards meaning and significance. Music moves us. Poetry
connects us. Paintings shout at us. Dance energizes us. Art draws us
back into the fold of humanity when we wander out full of pain,
discouragement, and bitterness. It whispers, ‘You are not alone.’”
--Relevant Magazine, September 28, 2011


You already know Second Baptist is blessed with many talented and well-trained musicians who freely share their gifts in worship. We are blessed week in and week out with those who share their talents and creativity. Among them are about forty pianists, and at least ten of them can play on a moments notice. Our Two or More/Pipes and Keys program, September 16, 2:30 pm in the sanctuary will feature about twenty pianists and four organists playing keyboard works for two to eight players on up to four keyboards. They range in age from eight to eighty! And there will be music from almost every genre.  Of course, there will be cookies from Susan Pettyjohn and lemonade to share after the program.

at Friday, September 7, 2018
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Remembering Byron Buffalo by Mike Lassiter

Byron Buffalo’s sudden death certainly came as a shock to all who knew him. Yes, we wonder why Byron and why now?  The horse program was just really beginning to gain the attention and traction that Byron had dreamed about. So, Jordan Groves, Jasmine Kaduce, and I made the trip to Eagle Butte for the wake and funeral as well as the burial at the cemetery behind the church he served in Bridger. Others were there from the network of churches that have come alongside Byron, his church and the people of Bridger. The UCC Church was well represented, and hundreds of people from the Cheyenne River Reservation were also there to say goodbye to a good man, a man who followed Jesus the Lakota way, and a man who had a big heart for the children and teenagers of the Reservation.  

Below are some of my remarks spoken at the funeral on behalf of his friends at Second Baptist Church.  

It is an honor to have the opportunity to speak at Byron’s funeral. I represent Second Baptist Church and other churches that have had the privilege of walking alongside Byron and Toni and the people of the community of Bridger.  

Over 17 years ago a group of churches met with some pastors of the Dakota Association. After talking and sharing with each other for a couple of days we found a kindred spirit in each other. A spirit that told us that Creator God loves each and every person the same through Jesus and that we could start our journey together at that important point and see what happens. From the beginning, we listened to Byron’s dream that Creator God had given him early in his journey of faith as his life began to change. The dream involved what Byron knew about God and the church both wanting “healing and reconciliation for all of creation,” Byron’s words.  The healing and reconciliation involved Lakota people with Creator, with each other,  and white people, especially those who were Christian. Byron had a way of saying things that would stir your heart. We don’t thank God enough for putting people in our lives that have dreams that also speak to us in a way that helps us along our own faith journey.

Horses were a big part of that dream because it would help others, especially kids and teens, be proud of being Lakota. Horses would also help Lakota and others who came to the Bridger Church, including many of us, to find a good path to Creator God.  

One thing that knowing Byron taught many of us was to believe anything was possible and so don’t give in to doubts. He was a spiritual and life guide for many and didn’t just tell you what you should be doing but could nudge you along a path that would help you discover for yourself what you need to know and do.
As we continued to travel to Bridger each year Byron would allow us to make mistakes or say the wrong thing and he and Toni would guide us rather than shame us. He wanted us to see and understand Lakota ways and see the wisdom and beauty in Lakota tradition and culture.  

I am so glad that he was able to see some of this dream beginning to come to a reality. I am so glad he was patient with us. I am so glad he accepted us. Today I mourn and say goodbye to a Lakota man of God, a fellow traveler in the Jesus way, a fellow minister, and like you, a friend and friendship I will always cherish.

Posted by Mike Lassiter at Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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