Monday Funeral, 2-8-21

I don’t know how I could have posted yesterday yet failed to mention the funeral of a friend’s dad that took place Monday at 11 am. He died on Friday and since Margaret and her husband tested positive, it was just me playing for the funeral. I don’t have solo work prepared so from Friday till yesterday I played the piano over and over just practicing the songs they requested. I only mention it here because I just loved the playlist – old time country songs like “I’ll Fly Away”, Just A Closer Walk”, “I Saw the Light”, “You are My Sunshine”, “It Is No Secret”, “What A Friend”, “Mansion Over the Hilltop”, “How Great Thou Art”. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, only IF, the live stream is on Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Garner, IA. It’s not all there but lots of it. Ray will be missed by so many!

Stay warm, Everybody!

30 thoughts on “Monday Funeral, 2-8-21

  1. Jean

    I love all those old hymns! Gonna listen after my days work is done. Thanks for the heads up on that!

  2. Carla J in West Michigan

    Some of my favorites, and some of my grandpa’s too. If you had added The Old Rugged Cross I would have cried…. Grandpa passed in 1963, lived with us for most of the year. I was his shadow in the garden and house both. He was born in the Netherlands in the 1880-90’s and came to Holland Mi as a very young boy with his dad and older brothers. Mom and the babies came over later.
    Okay enough down that rabbit hole….
    We are definitely in winter here along Lake Michigan. Michigan had Winter Wonderland as a motto for years and these days we are resembling that again.
    Working on handwork at night, a couple of BOM from the my local shop, and two UFO’s keep my attention at the moment.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carla – Old Rugged Cross was the very first song – it just didn’t get on the recording. It was another of Ray’s favorites – mine, too.

  3. Suzanne

    My heart went immediately to “I walk through the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…” I will listen to your playing later too, Mary. Your comfort reaches beyond that church. Suzanne in Kzoo

  4. Diane and Squeak in snowy Central Ohio

    You are a true gift to your church,Mary. I agree to all those beautiful hymns and my mom’s favorite What a Friend we have in Jesus and my dad’s The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Squeak’s is You Are My Sunshine. She comes for “purr time” when I sing that—maybe to get me to quit! Thanks for the CT post with Connie’s beautiful Tula Pink and all the DD’s. Hubby was happy to hear of your saving the neighbor’s chickens.🐔

  5. Susan

    As a former church musician, I dearly love all those old hymns. Your music was lovely, and I’m sure it soothed a lot of hearts.

  6. Lois Ann Johnson

    As a violinist, I’ve played all of those old favorites through the years. In fact, I played “In the Garden” and “The Old, Rugged Cross” for my mom’s funeral, which happened to be some of the songs I remember her singing to me. Thank you for sharing not only your sewing/quilting talents but also your musical ones. Stay warm and safe through this next week of arctic temperatures!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lois Ann Johnson – my mom played violin and now Becky has her instrument – Becky plays all string instruments really but guitar and mandolin are where she shines! Do you still play?

      1. Lois Ann Johnson

        Yes, I do still play, Mary! Not as much lately since all of the quarantine and pandemic restrictions, however. I played at my church for Christmas Eve and the children’s program. I used to go quite often to the care centers with a pianist friend of mine but it has been a year since we did that. I am so grateful to my mother for not only providing me with lessons and an instrument, but for making me practice an hour a day. I used to think she was being “mean,” but now I know it was for my own good.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Lois Ann Johnson – haha! About the practicing – when I got off the bus, there would be an apple sitting on the piano ….. and a timer set for 30 minutes, thank God it wasn’t for an hour! I, too, credit my mom for making me a pianist – she wanted it badly – much more than me at the time!

  7. Bridget

    My sister is the piano/organ player in her church. COVID has changed everything about the services. Sadly so many fewer people can gather. Still, “May the Angels Welcome you to Paradise” gets me every time. (AKA Song of Farwell).

  8. Janet Rice

    I know most of those songs except “Mansion”. I’ll try to listen. The others bring back lots of memories. I started singing in my head right away.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet Rice – full title is “Mansion Over the Hilltop” – I played it at my moms funeral, too.

      1. Marsha from Kansas

        I love this song, too. It was one of the songs I sang to myself while I was getting radiation treatments. I love the old-time gospel songs, too. I could just hear the words as you were playing the piano. Such consoling and songs of comfort. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Charlotte Shira

    Such great old hymns! I love I’ll Fly Away. Loved your playing. Sorry for the family’s loss.
    Stay warm.

  10. Angie Hewitt

    Thanks so much for posting this. It is so good to just hear the names of those old hymns. I love every one of them. I will definitely listen to the service – I cannot wait to hear them!

    My heart goes out to all of you living in such cold conditions. I know you know how to prepare for it, but it must make everything so much harder to accomplish. And, Mary, from your last post, thanks so much for taking in the chickens. Your friend must be so grateful that you can take them in during this awful cold!

  11. Rosalie

    I found the church website and the livestream section but couldn’t find you playing- the livestream said something was starting soon…
    Can you help?

  12. Li

    Thank you Mary. Listening is such a beautiful experience. I will be visiting this link again. If you have more content like this please do not hesitate to post.

  13. Beverly

    I will listen, will love hearing you play all those wonderful old hymns you don’t hear any more in church. I would love to find an “old time church” around here. Seems like they’re all modernized & my soul longs for the old hymns.

  14. Karen

    I grew up singing and playing those songs, Mary. As a PK, my sister and I both played piano as does my daughter, though classical and her son, performance trained in voice. Music is such a wonderful gift to those who perform as well as a blessing to those who listen.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Karen – my piano teacher taught mainly classical but when I was about a 5th grader my mom requested that I be taught to play hymns. It has served me well – I’ve been playing for church since 6th grade. And I can no longer play those classical pieces I did in high school.

  15. Alison Burnett

    Hi Mary, Enjoyed your piano playing, wonderful hymns and a good minister. How wonderful that your church preaches the Gospel of Jesus and the Bible.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Alison Burnett – he’s a great minister! He and his family have been here 10-1/2 years. You have probably heard me talk about his wife Samantha and his kids, Aidan, Lucy and Owen and their dog Ivy. Small world, isn’t it?

  16. Kathy Hanson

    It is Wednesday and I just got to reading this – I am sure it was wonderful. I love the old hymns too!

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