In the absence of our organist and choir director, I am helping to lead music lately. Sometimes fellow parishioner Michael and I play guitars. Sometimes I use the dulcimer. Another parishioner, Adam, recorded a few of Sunday’s hymns on his iPhone.
During communion, Jesus, our mighty Lord (478, Hymnal 1982)
Post-communion hymn, Fairest Lord Jesus (383)
Recessional hymn, Lord, you give the great commission (528)
Yesterday I played at the Culver Coffee Company fifth anniversary and holiday open house.
There were treats everywhere — some made with ingredients sold in the store, like some fabulous pecan bars topped with maple pumpkin butter — and recipe cards and faux candle lights and decorations and champagne.
I played Christmas and other pretty music, mostly on hammered dulcimer, plus one on recorder and a few on bowed psaltery. I even played with two bows for the first time — on Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.
It was snowing continuously yesterday, and the roads were slow — but even though the shop was never crowded, it was never empty either.