Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18b-20.
On Sunday we sang psalms and hymns and spiritual songs as we celebrated the gifts of Carol, our beloved organist who retires at the end of this month. At the close of the sermon, Pastor Sandy invited the congregation to turn to the balcony and sing this song to Carol:
A Carol for Carol (get it?)
What news is this? You are leaving us-
You’ve earned the gift of retiring.
In disbelief we express our grief,
A different outcome desiring
Dear Carol you’ve shone so bright
In hours of darkness and days of light
Your music has blessed us all, and
For that we will always be grateful.
Majestic, solemn and thundering
Or bright and joyful with praising
The organ sings as you play for God
And we join you, our own voices raising-
You serve tradition with skill and grace,
And improvise with the Spirit
Whatever God wants to say to us
Your music can help us to hear it-
We treasure you, our humble friend
So brilliant, gifted and playful
It’s not the MUSIC we’ll miss the most,
It’s YOU for whom we are so grateful