Abundance is our theme of the month, and I celebrate all of us as artists with recognition and gratitude. I am serious that I think we are all artists! Special about us is that we are active in the church community and the general community at large as we share our talents. Some examples:
1. Any guest minister that has been with us has admitted that we are a fine singing congregation. This year, we have been introducing new hymns and you all learn them and sing them with your whole heart and soul!
2. Our First Parish choir is almost twenty-five people strong and the collective impact of each anthem is forceful, and thoughtful and beautiful. We sing our UU values with each piece we share.
3. We have our own dynamic First Parish Band which plays at church events like the talent show but also does the music for our final service of the year, the Flower Communion. There are a few members involved every year, and new faces are always welcomed. This year, at the April 4th Talent Show, the number of performers will be especially impressive.
4. More and more people from our congregation have stepped up to be guest musicians during services. We have had singers and instrumentalists that have helped to transform our worship.
5. That brings me to the Annual Talent Show. The sheer variety of talents shared by all ages is simply awesome. We have magic tricks and poetry and gymnastics and drama and many songs that span lots of musical styles. We get to see each other in a new light.
6. Then there are all the great cooks in our midst! Prior to the Talent Show is the Annual Dinner with a giant potluck of great offerings by everyone.
7. Last fall, our local visual artists had an art show and sold some of their wares: quilts and paintings and jewelry and pottery and rugs and knitted hats and great photography.
8. As evidenced by our recent lay service, we have writers who speak their truth with the confidence of great orators. Some of our congregation are published authors. Some are poets.
9. I celebrate people in our congregation who love what they do, no matter if their work is blue or white collar. When you enjoy what you do, you do it well. Those who are retired usually delight in doing what they do, too.
Abundance is too small a word to describe who we are as artists and workers at First Parish. Bravo to all! Gratitude to all! We share the best of who we are on an ongoing basis. Please look in the mirror and high-five the person you see! Then look across the aisle and appreciate the abundance in our community.
See you all in church!
What is happening musically at First Parish in March?
Guy and I will be away on March 22nd and Nick Woebcke will be at the piano for us. I know you will enjoy his music that day.
Jean Gauthier is singing two of her songs at the March 29th service.
On April 5th, expect some music for two oboes with Laurie Wadsworth and myself playing.
The next time our choir sings for a service will be Easter Sunday, April 12th. They will be singing a new-to-us choral arrangement of one of our hymns, Spirit of Life, and a piece called, To Sit and Dream. The lyrics are by Langston Hughes and are about visualizing a new world, making it a great message for our Easter/spring sense of renewal.
Rehearsals are on March 19th, March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th. All choir rehearsals are from 7 to 8:30 pm in the church sanctuary.
Charlyn’s professional training has followed two paths: as a professional oboist and as a music teacher and conductor. As Music Director at First Parish, she joins these two paths of her musical life, conducting the choir, coordinating guest musicians, and performing on oboe.