I’ve been out playing
my horn at one of our Red Kettles today.
I usually play at one of our local grocery stores. They have an entry way that is large enough
that I can set up with my Eb Bass (it’s not a French Horn) and not be in the
way of people going in and out of the store.
I like playing there because the entry way has a high ceiling and the
sound of the horn can really ring in there.
(That it’s heated is also a plus.
The valves of the horn tend to freeze when I play outside during the winter…)
But today it was a little difficult.
I was playing the Coventry Carol – a quiet, melodic meditation on the tragedy
that surrounded the birth of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew’s gospel, namely
King Herod’s order that “all young children” be slain. (Matthew says that Herod ordered the deaths
of boys 2 years old and younger…). And
at the same time the store’s muzak system was blaring out some Latin jazz
version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.
And the store employees were bringing the shopping carts back into the
store from the corrals in the parking lot. With all the bang and clatter and
muzac, the Coventry Carol got lost in the noise.
If I were one of those
pastors who are always on the lookout for sermon illustrations, I might find
something in that….
If you’d like to
contribute to The Salvation Army – specifically The Salvation Army in Newton,
Iowa – you can make a donation at this online kettle. (You can also use the link to find a
Salvation Army unit nearer to you, if you like.) Thank you for thinking of the Salvation Army during this, our biggest fundraising season of the year. The money we raise during this time will allow us to keep the lights on the programs going all through the year.
Each week I create a background image to use in Powerpoint (or similar presentation programs) and to give away here on my blog. Last week I posted the slides for the four weeks of Advent / the last four weeks of this year that we'll be using at my little church. But perhaps your church won't be using those same themes - or perhaps you'd like something different. Well, you're in luck. Here is a bonus slide for this week.
As with all these 'powerpoint slides for everyone' posts, you are free to download this image and to use it in your own projects - at home, work, school, or church. Use them however you like. I only ask that you share them freely and that you tell others that you found them here.
I know it looks like there are only seven candles (not counting the shamash - the helper or servant candle in the center) - but there are eight. One candle on the left side of the photograph is leaning over and its flame is blended with the shamash...