March 16th 

Day 3

1st Friday of Lent

How / Why did you decide to participate at Good Shepherd?

Psalm 150 – Hallelujah!  Praise God in the holy temple; praise God in the mighty firmament.  Praise God for mighty acts; praise God for exceeding greatness.  Praise God with trumpet sound; praise God with lyre and harp.  Praise God with tambourine and dance; praise God with strings and pipe. Praise God with resounding cymbals; praise God with loud clanging cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Hallelujah!

It was music that brought me to Good Shepherd.  My longtime friend, Randy Rice, became the organist and he invited me to play, first for the ground breaking and then for the dedication of the new sanctuary.  Choir, congregation, organ, brass and tympani participated in dedicating the new sanctuary with Psalm 122, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’”  It was quite moving.  Randy invited me, I came and never left. I felt welcome.  I got involved and I felt needed.  It made a world of difference in my life.  I have met a lot of wonderful people and have been enriched by friendships and the radiant love of this congregation.  The music program has continued to grow considerably since those earlier days.  We have a ministry that not only enriches our worship experience, but also reaches beyond our walls.  I pray that it will always be an integral part of who Good Shepherd is.

God, please bless our music that it might glorify your name, may using it to serve you always be our aim.  Let it be a witness to your majesty and love, and remind us that you’re watching from your throne above.  Oh Lord, we ask for guidance in everything we do, and pray you’ll make our music and instrument for you.  Amen
(This prayer is known as the musician’s prayer. The author is unknown.)

Marilyn J. Reiman

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