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  • andijah
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    Sam, I see your point and I agree that many of us probably play for the love of playing, of music and for some, it has to do with their own faith and believes.
    Still, I think that it's nice that people say thank you or comment in a positive way. In too many places, our "work" as organists and other church musicians is still taken for granted without ever thinking about the love and the efforts behind our activities.

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  • samibe
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    I regularly receive thanks and complements on my playing for church. It would probably go to my head except that I am very aware of my level of skill (and lack of skills in many areas). I had a such a hard time accepting complements from people as a kid that my parents had to spend a lot of time teaching me how to gracefully accept praise.

    For me, the praise and complements are nice but they aren't why I play. I play because I love to play. I also love to play the music I get to play regularly.

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  • jbird604
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    Now that the world has seen my bony old legs and knees, I have nothing left to hide except my dignity!

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  • myorgan
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    Originally posted by andijah View Post
    And, John, I'm sure you don't have to hide behind "professionals" and it's nice to hear that your church appreciates your services.
    You should hear him play! He actually has a couple of recordings linked elsewhere on the Forum. John, you don't have to hide behind anything (except the organ).

    Michael

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  • andijah
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    Each year, the church committee chooses a group of volunteers who will receive a special present at the annual volunteer's fair and this year, the organists (who're not 100% volunteers because we get some money for our services) were chosen and got presents.

    And I have a few people in the congregation who give direct feedback after the service and tell me that they liked my playing.

    Thanks for sharing this positive story, Michael! And, John, I'm sure you don't have to hide behind "professionals" and it's nice to hear that your church appreciates your services.

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  • myorgan
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    Thank you, Bill & John. However, I started this thread because we hear so many negative things about church organist jobs, and I just wanted to share something positive for once. It does feel nice to be validated once in a while. Hopefully, this thread will encourage others.

    Michael

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  • jbird604
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    That is awesome, Michael! Makes it all worthwhile, as if the music weren't its own reward. Our little Disciples church seems truly appreciative of our meager musical contributions. A couple weeks ago the pastor paid us a courtesy home visit, and told us that he was bringing a message from the church board. He said the board wanted us to know that they could not be more pleased with our work and with our dedication to the task. Our sweet pastor has told us more than once that he has never had a better working relationship with a music team in any church he's pastored. Keep in mind that my wife and I are both primarily self-taught, having had piano lessons growing up, but neither of us majored in music, just participated in band and choir and such in high school and college.

    Each Christmas (this will be our 8th Christmas with this church) they give us a little bonus and the choir will often give us some special gift, like the hand-carved wooden organ pipe they presented to us a couple years ago. It is very nice to get these compliments now and then.

    I'm glad to know that your church appreciates you. And well they should. How many small churches have an organist with so much training and background? And you and your wife are certainly extra nice folks (I know from meeting you both), and they are lucky to have you as musicians and as co-worshipers.

    From what I hear, our immediate predecessors in this position were not a good fit and were eventually fired. Apparently they didn't mesh with the church in some ways, didn't work well with the rest of the staff, offended and ran off some of the choir members, tried to make themselves more important than they were, etc., you get the picture. So I suppose our humble and simple music ministry that emphasizes traditional hymns and anthems and downplays spectacle is more to their liking.

    Keep up the good work!

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  • voet
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    Michael,

    It is nice to hear a positive story about a church musician who is really appreciated by the congregation that they serve. People rarely fathom how much work goes into it. I am happy for you.

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  • myorgan
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    Organist Appreciation

    Count me incredibly surprised today, when the worship leader stopped the service, pulled out an envelope and gave it to me. While I was gone last week, the church took up a collection to give to me when I returned. Although I told them I should probably be absent more often, it was nice to have the church express their appreciation.

    I think I'm in the right place. How have others' churches expressed their appreciation for your efforts for them?

    Michael
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