Cedar Grove is a really small church. I think there were eight people there last weekend, which included three visitors -- my father, someone else who came in for the reunion, and myself. (Although, they did say that they had a hard time calling some of us visitors. This is the church my father grew up in and everyone kind of considers it "coming home" when we're in
Sunday School at Cedar Grove follows a fairly predictable recipe: opening hymn, devotion, another hymn, collection, lesson, announcements, dismissal. There are several opportunities for prayer, as well, but I don't remember exactly where they all fit in. The regular pianist was not there Sunday, so they were going to skip the hymn-singing parts. Just before Sunday School started, someone asked me if I could fill in on piano. I'm a bit rusty on piano since I don't practice/play much, but I thought I could probably do fine. I asked which hymns they wanted me to play and they told me that if I played, I could pick out whatever hymns I wanted. So I picked "Rock Of Ages" and "Blessed Assurance." I debated about "Amazing Grace," but I always pick that one, so I decided to go with something different this time. We did "Rock Of Ages" first. The devotion was about Jesus' love and the person sharing the devotion suggested that "Jesus Loves Me" might be a good hymn if I hadn't already picked out a second hymn. I agreed -- especially since I remembered that "Jesus Loves Me" is a whole lot easier to play than "Blessed Assurance." After we sang the second hymn, I joined the rest of the class in the pews for the lesson. I really enjoyed playing piano for the Sunday School. Perhaps some other time I'm out there, I'll have a chance to do it again.
Just in case, I think I'll start practicing the piano some in the mean time.