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Guest Speaker and Musician
2017 Warwick Days Open House at Camp Warwick Collegiate Lodge
Monday, October 2
Warwick Conference Center Warwick, NY 10990
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Iím thrilled to be starting my second year as the Music Director of the Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church in LaGrangeville, NY. Iíve been working with a great group of talented singers and musicians as well as two wonderful pastors. Sunday service is at 10 AM so if youíre in the neighborhood, come join us!
Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church
1168 Route 55 & Stringham Road
LaGrangeville, NY 12540

Last month’s free song download, “Clay Jar,” is based on the following folk tale, which has its origins traced to both India and China. It’s a
wonderful story of the blessings that live within our imperfections.

The Story of the Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the water bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in her master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you." "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?" “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work and you don't get full value for your efforts," the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in her compassion she said, "As we return to the master's house I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Iím grateful for the opportunity Iíve been given to bring music into the New York State prison system. For the past few years, my friend Pat has been using some of my recordings as part of a program he brings to men in maximum-security prisons. ďGod Sized HoleĒ is one song in particular that seems to have touched a lot of men. I never thought Iíd be able to go in personally and sing that song and many others. The experience has been a real blessing to me, and one that I look forward to continuing.

Don’t forget to visit our download page for the free download of the month. You might find a beautiful solo for voice and piano or an uplifting anthem for choir and band. Every month a new song will be posted and every month it’s free! If you’d like to be notified of new postings, join our mailing list.

If you are interested in booking a Song Gift weekend or concert, the Song Gift page is the place to go for information. Last year we visited churches from New York to Minnesota, and from Vermont to Virginia. We'd love to come see you!