By its very definition, the word “evangelist” describes someone who imparts a message in an enthusiastic manner.
My title at Dayspring Presbyterian Church is ‘piano evangelist,’ which implies more than just sitting down on Sunday and playing the keyboard. Of course, my fervent wish is to play in such a way that it gives glory to God and also helps touch an emotional chord in all of you and enhances worship.
While that is evangelistic in a certain sense, I think it’s time to add an extra layer.
Enter my weekly blog.
I hope it will stimulate your thinking about the songs we sing at Dayspring. By drilling down a bit deeper into many of the songs, I hope it will give you an extra appreciation when we stand on Sunday to sing.
Let me start my first blog by telling you about myself and how I came to be your piano evangelist.
When I was 5, I asked my dad if I could take piano lessons. My sister was already taking them and I wanted to play.
He agreed and for the next 15 or so years, I had weekly lessons. A couple of those years I also took organ lessons.
But except for a public performance here and there, my playing was always done in the privacy of my home. My audience was my wife Lori and my three cats.
In December 2015, Kim Barnes asked me to play during Dayspring’s Christmas concert. I almost didn’t do it. I wasn’t used to playing in front of people and I thought I would be petrified.
With a gentle push from Lori, I decided to play and, well, the rest is history.
I truly enjoy playing for you and hope it enriches the service.
Reformation Month is upon us and it’s the big 500’th anniversary. Lots of special music in October, including a beautiful David Ward hymn I picked out as our song of the month. It’s called “By Grace Alone.” Hope you enjoy it as much as I.
Here’s a link for you to hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEiCOlWrsVo
I’ll leave you with this passage from Ephesians 5:19: “Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,”
Have a great week!