I had my last day at my church today- Worship went really well - I'm going to miss the team, but I am ready to move on.

I'm excited to see what God has planned for me next. I'm not sure where we'll be going, it's between two churches - My kids like one, I like the other, hubby is noncommittal, he'll go to either.

It will be weird not praying over worship sets, practicing, looking at new songs. I guess I'll just enoy the freedom for a while. I'm not sure I want to continue being on a worship team.

We had a baptismal service today after church and I got to play a grand piano...It was wonderful. I played some of the old time hymns, and I realized how much I enjoyed playing them! I used to have a nursing home ministry when I lived in CT, and each Sunday I would go to a local nursing home, do a short devotional, and play hymns for the residents, sometimes for a few hours. I got such joy out of giving them joy. I grew to love the old hymns as much as they did, and it did wonders for my sight reading!

There is such a need in nursing homes for ministries like this- so many of them don't have Sunday services, or the residents don't have family or friends that can bring them to one. At a time they need God most, He's taken from them - well not really...but they don't have the opportunity to go to "church" and be in His presence with others, nor do they have anyone to pray with them.

The larger nursing homes have chapels, etc...but some of the smaller ones do not...some have pastors that come in, some don't.

The sad thing is...When we knew we were moving from CT, I tried to get a replacement for me. I called up a number of local pastors, and asked them if they would be willing to do one Sunday a month. None of them would say yes, nor did they even express any compassion. I was very surprised. Nor could they suggest or would they be willing to ask their congregation if anyone would do it.

What happened to sacrifice? What happened to ministering to the elderly in their time of need? In all those congregations, not ONE person was willing to help? I got a couple volunteers at my church before I left...but we were still short a couple of weeks.

Nursing homes are hungry for God. I'm sure if you called any of them up that don't have a chapel, and offered to come and play a few hymns on their piano on a Sunday afternoon, they would love you forever.

I'm going to start my ministry back up. I love sharing my gifts with others, but more importantly, I love sharing MY love of God with others...and if I can give them comfort and peace by playing an old hymn, I will be blessed and honored to do it.

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
...1 John 4:12

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Comment by Junjie on October 7, 2008 at 1:43am
The elderly are easily marginalized in this day and age. And sometimes, even if they have kids there is so much bad blood built up that it's better for strangers to pick up the pieces and minister to them. God bless your efforts with the nursing homes! I am praying for you, that you have fruit that remains even when you've left... :)
Comment by Elman Authement on December 3, 2008 at 6:13pm
Hi Chris, I'm involved in nursing home and my wife cuts hair every Thursday morning. I love singing to them, making them laugh. But it's so cool to get around one who's a talker and listen to their stories.


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