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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.” Psalm 98

            The Presbyterian Church in Geneva has been blessed with a long tradition of joyful and thoughtful song and sound, voice and instrument — a vibrant musical tradition.  It is one of the things that draws people to our church.  We have Children’s Choirs and an Orff Ensemble, Bell Choir and Chancel Choir, and opportunities for individuals to bring their musical talents on instruments or voice to lead the congregation in musical celebration of our Faith in God.

            We are also blessed with fine instruments for our musical celebrations and meditations.  Our Casavant organ is a magnificent instrument, rich in tonal possibilities from subtle and meditative to full and celebratory; excellent for accompanying the congregation, choir, and soloists and for thoughtful and exciting solo pieces.  We have excellent bells and chimes for our ringers and Orff instruments for our young people.  And we are blessed with fine pianos for our musical programs and use in worship and enjoyment.

            I began this by noting how the church has been blessed over the years with a wonderful tradition of musical leadership and with fine instruments that have helped to inspire that mission.  This fall we have been blessed with an extraordinary gift from Olaf and Elaine Lieberg of a 1886 Steinway A grand piano which has been recently rebuilt and refinished.  Everyone who has heard or played it has been struck by the beauty of its sound and the sensitivity of its action which gives the performer excellent control over the color and volume of the sound.  It has already enhanced our musical worship both as an accompanying instrument and as a solo instrument.  We will be dedicating this instrument on November 11th with special guest pianists, Meg Heaton and Hilda Collins, at our 10:30 worship service.

            For this meaningful part of our weekly worship to thrive, we need folks to support these varied opportunities to sing and play, to make joyful song and noise.  We need parents willing to get children to rehearsals and performances, individuals to volunteer their talents on instruments and with singing for special occasions, we need ringers and singers in choirs.  No matter how wonderful the instruments and opportunities for making “joyful noise” and songs, it takes you too.