PART 7 – December, 2013 – “Church Musician on a Grand Piano”
“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
~ (Psalm 150:1-3;6)
PEGGY CONTINUES HER TESTIMONY:
In early September of 2013, I began to realize that the Holy Spirit could ask me to discontinue activities that actually seemed to be pretty good Christian ones. It wasn’t that there was a problem with the activities, it was just that the Holy Spirit was leading me to His own specific destiny of His planning, and sometimes that meant dropping one or multiple Christian activities. I understood that I was assigned to them for a season.
Well, the one activity that was discontinued at this time was the Electric Piano playing at the Campground for the poor people. I had provided music for a season and had given money to the ministry so that the people could obtain Bibles. I tried to do some ministry there with the children that came. It was hard to leave, but I knew my particular role had been fulfilled, and that God would provide perfectly for their needs through another person or source.
I will note, however, in this experience, as in others that followed that were led to be discontinued, there was often a “protest” from those involved for me to stay. Of course, I loved the people involved, but I knew I had to move on, and had to be firm in that resolve to obey the Holy Spirit’s leading! Looking back now on these experiences, I recognize they were simultaneously meeting my personal needs at those seasons so very beautifully! Only God could have ordered these activities at those precise times!
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” ~ (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
A surprise followed in a few weeks. I received a phone call from a church in a rural community about 50 minutes from my home that needed a Church Pianist. It only involved a simple Service each Sunday morning at a perfect starting time. Most churches want organists. I had done that kind of work many times, but was always more comfortable on the piano. After all, that was my major instrument when I studied music in college.
Well, lo and behold, their need matched mine, and on top of that, it was a BEAUTIFUL Grand Piano which they kept very good care of, even tuning it twice per year!
The minister that called me about this was a very fine minister that I had worked with from 1996-1998. That had been a God-ordained assignment, too. I had just been separated and divorced. This minister and his wife had also been divorced prior to their wonderful marriage to each other. They were wonderful, personable, warm and loving people and were a great encouragement to me! Since that time, the minister’s wonderful wife, who was a dear friend of mine had passed away. He was now married to another fine lady.
Well, I really wanted to go and see what God had for me to do there, and I found joyful, uncomplicated people that lived close to the land and away from distractions. I purposed to share as much of myself and the Lord with these people as possible, and I felt rewarded greatly internally for doing so. I also got to put my heart and soul into expressing myself on that beautiful instrument. There was no comparison for me about the range of expression available between the electric keyboard and the grand piano. The piano was by far the winner – all for God’s Glory! I enjoyed the 50 minute drive to the church and back.
There was much beautiful farmland there, and the church itself was very old-fashioned. This was like going back to my rural roots and family in the Pennsylvania mountains, but without the mountains and the longer trip. It was fun going there, like stepping back into another time period. Again, this was a custom-ordered experience for me at that particular time that could only have been ordered by God.
Here’s a poem by my deceased cousin, Janet Rumpf (written in1982) that expresses in part my jubilant and expectant feelings about this new assignment:
A CALLING TO PEACE
The calling bells awake my drowsy soul,
signalling release from inner gloom,
As in the House of Worship, I extoll
the Power with which my spirit will commune.
Muted organ chimes in tranquil tone
restore repose upon my restless heart
as stained-glass iridescent rays impart
uplifting thoughts which lead to the unknown.
In this still hour I seek to comprehend
the destiny of soul alloyed with time,
held down by clay, yet seeking to transcend
all earthly planes, approaching the sublime.
In this oasis where the church bells led,
I enter, sup, and find my spirit fed.
In March of 2014, I was scheduled to play a piano solo for the local group of churches. There was an ecumenical Good Friday Service planned. It was scheduled to be held at a church very near to the one where I was playing. I decided that I should schedule a time to try that piano. It was at the church of the Pastor Tom and his wife Linda. I went over one Sunday after church to try the piano. It was then that I met Tom and Linda. I liked them both right away. Linda and I became fast friends. Very soon, we would be sharing excellent Christian information and materials with each other. I was very delighted to know that both Tom and Linda’s eyes were open to the times that we were in. Sometimes this keen understanding of where we are in terms of the “Prophetic Time Clock” is known as “the Issachar anointing.” That comes from the following Scripture.
“From the tribe of Issachar,
there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives.
All these men understood the signs of the times
and knew the best course for Israel to take.”
~ (1 Chronicles 12:32)
I respected the work of Tom and Linda in keeping ecumenical efforts alive in that area. They started an ecumenical Bible Study on the topic of personal sanctification.
Year after year, they were the ones to take the initiative to organize each ecumenical Good Friday Service as well as Holy Thursday and Easter Sunrise Services Linda sent out regular beautifully written letters of invitation, thoroughly intertwined with relevant Scripture to local Hymn-Sings, Services, and events. Through these communications as well in their personal lives, Tom and Linda remained a great encouragement to the Body of Christ in that area, and many clergy and congregants highly respected their efforts with gratitude.
It wasn’t long before Linda read Faye Aldridge’s Heaven Rules book and finished “The ABC Challenge” in record time with marvelous results! Although we lived about 1 hour apart, we would make time to contact each other fairly often by phone and had many beautiful conversations about the God’s Word and Kingdom Work. Linda and I would often quote this Scripture to each other as an apt description of our friendship:
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens friend” (Proverbs 27:17).
By December of 2014, Linda came to Pastor Debbie’s Church in my area for the first time. She knew that Pastor Debbie was a true teacher of the Word of God and Linda returned several other times; sometimes with Tom, who felt as if he was fed by the Word of God that was taught there to inspire him with his own preaching.
This couple’s hearts were truly for the Lord. This blossoming friendship, with Linda in particular, made my time at that church with the grand piano even richer and more interesting than I could have hoped for! God was indeed very good to me!
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His Name’s sake.” ~ (Psalm 23:1-3)
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