This is a musical postscript, of a sort, to last Sunday’s service.

As I was working on the Beethoven pieces to play in worship, my grandson Connor was listening to me practice.  While he liked the music, it didn’t hold any particular importance to him, so to engage him a bit, I decided to play one piece for me, and then one piece for him.  We did several of the songs he knows:  Happy Birthday, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the Alphabet Song, Baa Baa Black Sheep (did you notice that the latter 3 all have the same melody?), and I asked him what else he’d like to hear.  At which point he started to hum the Habanera from Bizet’s “Carmen.” 
I texted his Mom asking her where in the world he heard that, and her reply was two-fold.  One of the Muppets sings the Bizet melody on a show he watches, and he has a musical turtle that , when you push a button in its shell, plays snippets of classical music. I thought, “That’s pretty cool.”
Later on Sunday afternoon, I dropped Connor off at home, and he wanted to show me his musical turtle.  Sure enough, I pressed the button on the shell, and out came the Habanera!  I pushed it again, and turtle played the first bars of Spring from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”  Again, this time the familiar strains of “The Blue Danube.”  How fun was this!  I pressed it again, and fulfilled an unintended prophecy from that morning’s sermon.  Remember how I mentioned that many of us may be familiar with Beethoven’s music from unexpected places?  On the fourth try, Turtle began playing the Theme from 6 Variations, Opus 76 – more familiarly known as “The Elephant Never Forgets.”  In other words, a toy turtle was playing my sermon right back at me.  I’m reasonably confident this has never happened before – at least in my experience!  I guess you just never know where old Ludwig is going to pop up next.

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A reminder, this Sunday is communion Sunday so please be ready with your grain and cup of choice.

Sunday October 4, 2020 Bulletin

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