Thursday, August 12, 2010
It’s all in how you look at it.
This little church somewhere in the north Georgia countryside has just hired a new pianist.
A mutual friend recommended me to the pastor, the pastor called me on the telephone, and one day last week I went in for an interview and an audition.
After the whole congregation heard me play on Sunday morning, I was offered the position on Tuesday.
The congregation was formed around 80 years ago, and the church, which seats about 200 people, has a central aisle and two side aisles. Several stained glass windows line both sides of the sanctuary. Behind the pulpit and choir loft is a circular stained glass window based on Heinrich Hoffman’s 1890 painting Christ In Gethsemane, except in more vivid colors.
Here is a sort of wrong-end-of-the-telescope view of the interior:
The original of Hoffman's painting hangs in Riverside Church, New York City. The interior of the Riverside Church looks like this.
When you look through the right end of the telescope, my new place of employment looks exactly like that.
And no, I don’t have delusions of grandeur, but thank you for asking.