Silent Sunday Returns
My favorite church season of the year is Lent. It’s the time of reflection and I get to play the piano in church every Wednesday night. Lorie Line is my favorite pianist and has amazing piano arrangements just perfect for Lent.
I have played the piano for Lenten services at for Trinity Lutheran Church since 1997 (I think) and sometimes I think I should change up my music. But I keep going back to the Heritage Collection II because I love these standard hymns. They are friends, they give me comfort. I played this book during a very stressful time in my life and sitting at the piano at the front of the church listening to the reading of the passion served as a therapy.
Hymn included in the Heritage Collection
- Be Thou Vision
- Nearer, Still Nearer
- Faith of My Fathers
- In The Garden
- Rock Of Ages
- Take My Life and Let It Be
- David of the White Rock
- Beach Spring
- Con Que Pagaremos?
- O Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
- Nearer to God To Thee
- Be With Me Lord
- This Is My Father’s World
- How Can I Keep From Singing?
- An Irish Blessing
- How Great Thou Art
I have played this book from front to back and most pieces are at the intermediate level and have a strong arpeggio style which is easy to play but very stylish and sounds wonderful.
As the journey of Jesus takes me through Lent, Good Friday and Easter I am humbled, I pray for peace, I glory at the promise of resurrection on Good Friday and celebrate Christ resurrection on Easter.
- Lorie Line Music and Sheet Music (Amazon)
- Main Instrument in Orchestra – Keyboards (natatnote.wordpress.com)
- Friday Feature: The Magic of Music (lifewiththegirlnextdoor.com)
- Faith is Not Black and White
Today was my day of playing around in Photoshop again. This time with plug-ins from Xero-Graphics. The subject my home church of Trinity Lutheran in Murdock Nebraska. I was driving by ans a friend was taking pictures for our upcoming open house dedicating the new fellowship hall. So I stopped, said “Hi” and took a few myself. Turned out to be a perfect subject for some special effects.
Which one do you like best and why?
Here is a different photograph, but taken at the same time in black and white. I’ll tell you which is my favorite after the comments and voting is tallied.
Sometimes faith is shades of gray. As some of you know who have been reading my blog my mother died a few months ago in January.
Although she made sure my brother and I were baptized, attended Sunday school and church every week, it was out of duty and respect to my God Mother Granny Turcotte. After we were confirmed, she never stepped foot in church again. The topic of religion and faith often brought a scornful look to her face and I never knew why because my faith has always brought me a great deal of comfort.
I grew up in a small country church, Grace Episcopal in Broad Brook Connecticut, and God brought me to the Lutheran church in college. My church home now is Missouri Synod Trinity Lutheran in Murdock Nebraska.
Not only did my Mother cut herself from God, but from family and friends. She didn’t think it was important to create relationships with relatives and her children. I rarely saw any of my aunts and uncles who lived in Oklahoma and California. The few cousins I knew as a child drifted as I got older.
There was one family member that consistently and faithfully maintained contact with her Aunt, my Mother. Cousin Gail. I found saved cards, photos, and letters in my Mothers desk of an older cousin I never knew and never met. In February a forwarded letter from Gail arrived in my mailbox, so I reached out with the news of Mom’s passing, including my email address. An email arrived a week later.
Here is where God’s grace and divine intervention becomes apparent.
Gail and I learned quite a bit from each other the next week. Her Mother (Mom’s sister) was also not religious. We lived very parallel lives and had similar experiences and troubling childhoods with both of us having a difficult relationship with our Mothers.
During the normal course of telling each other about our lives Gail stated that she is a faithful member of Missouri Synod Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodward Oklahoma. This news brought goosebumps, tears to my eyes, a lump in my throat, and a prayer of thanks to God. How can this be a coincidence? I believe it’s not.
What does it mean? I don’t know. But I do take comfort in this has to be a sign, a message, an indication of God’s hand in our lives. Acknowledgment that to everything there is a purpose. Wait and the message will be revealed. Listen and hear God’s word in the world around us, from the people around us.
Better yet, when you find yourself in church pray for your family, your friends, those who have lost faith, who are lost. The Lord Jesus Christ will find them and guide them home. Gail’s Mother, my aunt, and the last of the five brothers and sisters, died last week. I truly believe our prayers that were delivered up to God were received and now our Mothers are safely and lovingly in the arms of Jesus and are at peace.
- Trinity Lutheran Church Blog
- The Resurrection Plant – A Sunday School Lesson
- My Favorite Church, My Favorite Piano
The Advent candles signify anticipation of the Glory of Christmas to come. For the past eleven years I have looked forward to playing the piano during the Advent vespers at church. It gives me a great deal of peace and reminds me of the true meaning of the season.
Not very happy with the quality, I don’t have an SLR and I don’t like the auto focus. I’m going to have to experiment with the focal settings.