Giving Up the Blues for Lent


Giving Up the Blues for Lent

For 5 years, Good Friday Blues has been an opportunity to remember Jesus journey to the cross through prayer, storytelling, poetry and really great blues music. It was also an opportunity for us as a community to support a really important resource: Cyrus Centre, which supports street entrenched youth in the Fraser Valley.

This year, Good Friday Blues is taking a break. I know that will be disappointing to many of you and I have to admit that it feels a little weird not to be in rehearsals. For the last 5 years, I’ve spent all year thinking about music, finding readings and prayers, considering themes. This year, I’ve done almost none of that because I knew we would not be doing Good Friday Blues this time around. But what has been heavy on my heart is a desire to continue to support Cyrus Centre and the important work that they do. Over the 5 years that we put on these services, we raised over $15,000 for Cyrus Centre and I want to see that support continue.


So here’s the deal: I’m going to ask all of you who have ever attended a Good Friday Blues service (and those who haven’t!) to consider making a donation to Cyrus Centre in lieu of attending a service this year. This ministry deserves your support. If you need further incentive, our good friend, who has matched donations for the last several years, has agreed to do this again, matching all donations up to $3000!

Here’s two ways to do this:

  • Make your donation online on the Cyrus Centre website. When you get to the donate page and fill out all your info, you’ll see two options at the bottom. Choose “Is this in honour of someone?” and you’ll get a drop-down menu. Where you see “Occasion” enter “Good Friday Blues” THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO DO IN THAT SECTION. Fill in the rest and give your gift.


  • Send a cheque to Cyrus Centre and in the memo line write “Good Friday Blues”. Cheques can be mailed to 2616 Ware Street, Abbotsford BC, V2S 3E5


I chose the theme Giving up the Blues for Lent because I love the play on words. Yes, we’ve given up doing our Blues service this year but by supporting Cyrus Centre, we’re helping those who are living with challenges and probably feeling more than a little “blue”. So if you’re looking for something meaningful to do during this Lenten season, join us in giving up the blues for Lent and make a donation to Cyrus Centre!

I’ll keep you updated on our progress through this blog and I’ll also share my thoughts on some music that I’ve encountered since last year. So keep coming back – and tell all your friends!


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