TWO STORIES ABOUT SINGING THE LORD’S PRAYERS

A beautiful interpretation of “Our Father” sung by many. The best version, in my opinion, was done by the Italian tenor, Mario Lanza. 

          I did a summer internship under Velmer Dewey in the town of Edgerton, WY in 1977. At the time Pastor Dewey was preaching at 3 different churches on Sunday mornings. The first service was at a church in Midwest, WY just across the highway from Edgerton, then he would come to the church in Edgerton and preach followed by another church (do not remember which town, but it wasn’t far). 

          Knowing that I loved to sing, he asked me to work with the piano player for the church in Midwest for a special. I chose The Lord’s Prayer and it was a favorite of the pianist’s too. She was excited to accompany me and had laid out the sheet music, about 10 pages worth, across the top of the piano. 

          Came the morning of the special and I stood beside the piano confident in my abilities, she, the pianist, looked up at me, smiled and began to play. I began to sing and the congregation looked on with joy. 

          Just before we got to the portion that said, “as we forgive our debtors . . .” she went to turn the page and . . .  

Every 

Single 

Piece of 

Her 

Music 

Fluttered to the floor!! 

I saw the musical snow storm out of the corner of my eye so I took a big breath and held onto the note for the word, “we”. “as weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” 

And the entire time I kept glancing over to her “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” as she was gathering the music, trying to get it back into order, “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” looking up at me and mouthing, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” 

Finally, she got the papers back up on the piano, found her place and . . . 

“forgive our debtors . . .” 

Finished the song and after service people complimented my ability to hold a note for so long – not knowing what was happening at the piano. 

 

I shared about the honor of singing at the marriage of Roger and Myra and that I sang The Lord’s Prayer for them. Well, things didn’t go as planned! The church had a beautiful pipe organ and the organist was a very accomplished lady whose fingers danced on the keys. 

Practice went well and came the day of the wedding. I was dressed in my tuxedo (thank you Zamar!) and totally prepared to bless the couple with my talents, skills, and God-given abilities.  

I stood up beside the organ “pit” and took my stance, then nodded at her, she nodded at me and started the opening notes. However, as her fingers struck the keys, there was no sound other than the clicks of her fingernails on the keys! 

Frantically, she pulled stops, pushed stops, and looked up at me, smiled, confidently. I returned her smile and nodded. Once again, her fingers struck the keys and . . . . 

“Clickety-click-click” 

Aaaaauuuuggggghhhhh!!!!! Now she is pushing and pulling every knob and stop on the organ! The flutes inside the huge pipes behind the pulpit were waving back and forth and after a few more seconds of that breeze she looked up and nodded. 

This actually happened four or 5 times before there was sound! The day before, after our practice, the people who cleaned the church, “adjusted” the organ. Oops. 

However, that wasn’t the end of the story! By now I was nervous and even though I smiled and used all of the vocal techniques I had been taught, my concentration was broken. 

When the phrase, “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory . . .” came, I sang it reversed. “For Thine is the kingdom and the glory and the power . . .” And as my brother once said, “If you don’t make a face, it ain’t a mistake. 

Although I could see people nodding their heads and mumbling, “power and the glory, glory and the power, power and the glory”?????? 

Didn’t make a face! 

 

 


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