Saturday, August 7, 2010


Those of you who know me and my church will recognize these hands immediately.  They are the hands of our head musician.  I am told that he has been playing for our church for at least the last twenty years.  You can usually find him at the church during the week working with the choir members.  Sometimes he holds rehearsals for the individual sections.  Sometimes he holds the rehearsals for individual members of the choir.  But he is always working on the music for Sunday morning worship.  He has the ability to pick songs that match the theme of the service even within the midst of the service.  And he is always bringing in guest musicians and singers in order to add to the worship service.  He is a pure musician in every sense of the word. 

Working with him is like working with any other musician that is good at his craft.  Because he is a perfectionist in the way that he wants the music presented, he demands the best from every member of the choir.  If you mess up the song, you will be informed.   You may have to have one quick rehearsal between Sunday School and Morning Worship... just to make sure you've got it right.  But behind all of this is a gentleman that truly has a passion for his gift and the way that he uses it for the church.  He also has a passion for the people of God too.  I have heard numerous stories of him "popping" up a someones house because he didn't see them at service two weeks in a row.  And he is faithful no matter what has happened to him in his personal life.

What do you think would be a devastating event in the life of an organist/pianist?  About five years ago, he had a stroke and lost the use of his right arm.  He was out of action for a few months, but returned to lead the choir again while directing and playing with only his left hand.  He is still demanding.  He is still a perfectionist.  And he is still a better musician with one hand than most people with both.  And by doing that, is has been, and will continue to be an inspiration to others.  Thank you Brother A.

Peace and Love,

Rev. Mike

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