Playing The Organ In Church

March 10, 2016
by Iris Ford

Looking back on my childhood in Bermuda, I have some lovely memories of playing the organ in church. We lived next door to the church building. One day, the church doors were all locked, so I climbed in the window and made my way up to the pipe organ to play it. I don't think that I was even ten at the time, but I knew how to turn on the organ and how to play it. Playing the organ in church still remains a God-blessed event for me, even as I age and arthritis makes it difficult. It is all in God's timing.

The Lord continues to amaze me with His timing. A few weeks ago, I turned on the organ here where I now worship, as I needed to practice, and it didn't make a sound! I shouldn't have worried, as God is still involved with everything, even with our organ. I was supposed to play it that Sunday, but the organ just quit — no more sound. That very morning, I was leading a Bible discussion group, when a miracle happened. The former choir leader was also in the group, and when she heard about the organ quitting, she donated her organ, which was a similar make, to the church.

As I played her organ in church the next Sunday, I worshipped in total thanksgiving. God's timing always looks amazing to us.

As we pray and commit our days to God, His grace is amazing and absolutely wonderful as it unfolds all around us. It makes me feel very humble, kneeling in awe.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV)

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your gifts that surround us with Your grace. We are so grateful! In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Iris Ford
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    AOK Iris.

    Amen Iris!

    Wonderful memories.

    Thank you, Iris, for encouraging us to use our God given talents for His glory. Blessings.

    Thanks for the encouraging words.
    Another church organist.

    Dear Iris,
    What beautiful devotion! Isn’t God great!

    Very nice devotion this morning. Thank you for sharing. And may God continue to bless you as you write these inspirational messages and share His love with us.

    As a fellow musician, I join you in trusting in God for all things, and to Him be all the Honor and Glory!

    Dear Iris,
    Pleased to see that you are still writing devotionals. Thank you for writing and for your faithful dedication to our Lord. May you have a blessed Easter this year.

    Hello Iris, It was nice the way you used the church’s organ problem into a good outcome of God answering prayers. Through the Power of Prayer great things can happen. We have seen that in our own lives. It’s nice your doing more writing for the devotionals.
    God bless.

    I rejoice with you in the truth of God’s promises that never leave me.
    Once again He brought to my mind a promise He gave me at a critical time in my life many years ago.
    He said very clearly that He would supply all of my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.and this was during another critical time in my life. He showed me the truth of this promise several times a day. Nothing came up that He did not handle even when it seemed I was facing what I thought was a possible problem.
    I continue to say the words of one of my favourite hymns, “Great is Thy Faithfulness oh God my Father”. every day over and over as I humbly thank and praise Him.

    Hello Iris. Your devotion today struck a chord with me, a musical chord. Like you, my love of music started very young with singing and playing the piano. My piano lessons began when I was about 8 and it cost 25c an hour. I probably was born singing, and still am singing in 2 groups at church at the age of 91. They haven’t yet suggested that maybe I would rather sit in a pew and listen. I still am gifted by the Lord to have my strong voice. I loved the organ, and played on Grandma & Grandpa’s very old pump organ as a child. Oh, the hours I spent playing all kinds of music.
    God bless you real good,

    Dear Iris,
    Your devotional today is a real witness to God’s gracious providence.
    I thank God that you can do what you do now.
    Praying for God’s best for you.

    Good Morning Iris on this beautiful morning.
    Thank you much for your gift of writing.

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