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Here for Each Other

When I was in college, I was given lots of opportunities as a young musician. I directed and accompanied church choirs; taught piano lessons and keyboard classes; and played and sang for weddings and funerals. It was a great way to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and start to really see how I could bring joy and comfort to others through music.

I did try to avoid difficult situations, especially if they were sad, and I’m embarrassed to tell you that for a while I stopped singing for funerals. Using your own voice, whether singing or speaking, is so very hard when emotion is taking over!

Then, a few years after I graduated, I became a worship director and sang for the funeral of a member of my congregation. He had lived a long life, and they asked me to sing Elvis love songs for his wife and family, which was MUCH harder than comforting hymns like “Amazing Grace.” But in that experience, I realized that just being there for the family was the most important thing; in the years that followed, every time I saw his family at church, they told me how much those songs had comforted them. Now, when helping people plan for memorial services, I find out which songs will mean the most to them, and make sure they hear them during the service.

Last Sunday we celebrated the saints in our lives. All Saints Sunday has been so very healing and comforting, especially these last two years. I hope that the candles lit for loved ones helped you feel their presence and gave you some precious space to allow grief and comfort to surround you. I saw families and friends there for each other, telling stories and sharing tears. Our church family prays, helps, and holds each other in difficult times. Thank you for being here. Your presence brings comfort and joy.

Heather Lewis
Director of Music and Worship

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