This past Sunday, I played a church service for the First Unitarian Society in Newton. Most of the congregation were attending the church retreat or away for the long weekend, so we enjoyed an intimate service with a dozen members or so.
The prelude and postlude for Sunday services often provide a backdrop for comings and goings, friendly greetings, and the pitter-patter of children running between pews. This morning’s small congregation listened in serene stillness, with nary a rustle or cough to be heard. After each piece, I basked in the reflective silence of the sanctuary.
I also had the pleasure of accompanying the church’s regular soprano soloist, Deborah Selig. The caliber of church musicians varies widely, and I was surprised to be working with such an accomplished professional. How lucky the congregation is to hear such beautiful singing every week!
I’ve yet to encounter a church gig that I haven’t enjoyed, but I’m counting this one among my favorites.