Sunday, November 27, 2011

Light, Music, Spirit

It was an extraordinary day playing the piano at both the Worthington and Chesterfield, MA Congregational Churches, and then for a friend's 70th birthday party. There were many moments of joy and inspiration. I'll share the highlight: Rev. Doug Small gave an especially compelling sermon for the first Sunday of Advent. Following his sermon, I played an improvised anthem medley, blending Minstrel Boy, America the Beautiful, Amazing Grace and finally, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus. The church itself was built in the 18th century--simple, light-filled. At the last note of the anthem, I was overcome with the feeling that one longs for--a sense of something greater than yourself. The physical light became a metaphysical light. It was BEAUTIFUL. I played to THAT. Truly a blessing.

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