It’s been a long time since I’ve written. A lot has been going on and my spirit has been a bit uninspired of late. Or perhaps I’ve just been distracted and busy. Whatever the reason, I’ve rather missed talking about our wonderful and quirky congregation and so I begin again. And do I have some wonderful news to share with you!
We have a fabulous pianist at Forest Hill. I know, every church thinks their musician is wonderful, and in my book, any one who makes music is pretty special, but Adrian is truly amazing. He not only has been blessed with an amazing gift and plays with great passion but he listens, truly listens, to the liturgy. He somehow intuitively knows what notes to play behind our speaking to make everything seem to vibrate with the Spirit. His music creates this beautiful backdrop, or container, for our prayers and scripture and sermons that somehow brings our words and intentions alive in ways beyond what we could have imagined.
Well, God has placed a dream in Adrian’s heart; a dream that we will have a grand piano in our sanctuary. He doesn’t want to replace the keyboard that we now use but to open up new possibilities for music to fill the rafters of our sanctuary and for a joyful, and beautiful, noise to be made for God. He wants others to be able to use our space for rehearsals and concerts and classes and whatever else the Spirit inspires in our hearts. And you know, I just bet that with the Spirit’s leading, and Adrian’s determination, it will happen.
He’s started a wonderful concert series every Sunday evening at 6:30. He invites his friends and fellow musicians – instrumentalists and singers alike – and they come to share their gifts and passion for beautiful and inspiring music. And he invites visual artists to come and paint, or sculpt, or draw what they experience in the concert and they then make their creations available to the audience. And it’s all their gift to us to help us raise the funds to purchase a piano. There is no charge for these wonderful evenings of music and art, but donations are gratefully accepted. Everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate, appreciate and encourage the amazing gifts of many fine young musicians, mostly from the Conservatory of Music here in San Francisco or from San Francisco State. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.