A Carol for Carol

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?)
Greensleeves

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

CHORUS-
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

3 thoughts on “A Carol for Carol”

  1. What a great day! Nothing but fun~
    the love and affection just poured out of people, in laughter and song and applause. It reminded me of Jesus’ words that if he he kept silent the very stones would shout out praise-
    felt like even the pews were rejoicing!

    Carol is one in a million, and the gift of her music has helped us worship God, helped God come to us. We are forever changed.

  2. The choir will never forget you, Carol! We have enjoyed your skill, humor and friendship for so long! Remember, we can use your beautiful voice if you miss making music with us! Love, Kathy Showman

  3. Dearest Carol!

    You will be missed!! I hope that you enjoy your well deserved retirement! I also hope I still have more opportunities to play my pipes with you on organ!

    God bless you!!!

    Love,
    Martha

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