Thanks to all who helped with Kirkin’ of the Tartan. It was a beautiful day with great music and wonderful words of faith and inspiration for us to take in and lean on. The First Coast Highlanders were so happy to be there for us. They are one of just a few bands that are playing in the United States right now. No band is playing in Great Britain right now that they know about. The Highlanders stay in touch with the pipers and drummers that they met while in Scotland a couple of years ago. They plan to go again in 2022, God willing. Art Tenney, the band manager, gave me the instrumental parts for the Chancel Ensemble to play along with them this year – I think we have a new tradition now!
The Island Concert Association series kicked off last night with great success. If you missed it, you really didn’t! It’s still accessible online on our website. Thanks for all who made it possible!
The organ is here! There were a few obstacles to overcome – COVID hit the workshop and they had to shut down in the new year, there were other family illnesses, and to top it off I just learned that the intersection of Kings Way and Frederica was shut down Tuesday evening to build the roundabout. My bets are on the organ being finished first. What do you think?
On Sunday, I have gathered a small group of the women in the Chancel Choir to sing a timeless classic – Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains from the oratorio Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. The hymn is 803 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.
My colleague and friend, Nancy Parker, has a regular Friday posting on Facebook. Here’s what she posted in January – “Here it is folks, the first Friday of the New Year. So before we begin, let’s review the dance rules. 1) no looking backward ‘cause that’s over with – eyes front;
2) during joyful times, dance with wild abandon;
3) when times are hard (spoiler alert, there ARE gonna be hard times), don’t stop dancing until you come out on the other side; and
4) If you don’t think you can make it, just grab the hand of the dancer next to you, and we will all dance together.
Ok, are you ready to greet this New Year? Dance everyone, it’s Friday!” I have enjoyed watching the careful, creative dancing that we all have been doing to keep SSPC going not only as a church family, but in the community as well. It’s a beautiful thing. Let’s keep dancing!
Love & Gratitude,