I returned to an old venue this morning. One that my family and I would visit every week (well, almost every) for close to ten years. A venue filled with laughter, friendships, life, death, children, youth, adults, creativity, food, fellowship and prayer. This venue helped my children grow…helped my husband and I grow. We formed close friendships there. I am employed there. As we sat there today …the familiar seats, the familiar faces, arms swaying, singing along to a well-known and favored song, raising our cell phone lights high in the air, our eyes filled with tears. We were at church…not the Target Center or the Excel Center for a concert…but church. Our dear friend Paul – Pastor Paul was giving his last sermon at this venue – Rosemount United Methodist Church. He will be moving on to be the lead pastor at a new church. His sermon today was based on Billy Joel’s The Piano Man. Paul might be hands down one of the biggest Billy Joel fans I know. He loves this song and I have had the fun of hearing him belt it out a time or two at a favorite local ‘watering hole’. He nails it every time. Today however was his best performance yet. He had guitar in hand, harmonica to mouth, Sunday worship team lead by Laurie Herman as she played the piano and lots of back up singers in the congregation. His sermon went thru the lyrics of the song – telling us not to forget about life for awhile, but to embrace it and live it – all of it – the good, the bad and the ugly and trust God. While it is hard to see our friend Movin’ Out of RUMC and taking his Uptown Girl Betsy with him, we are excited for his new venue and the leadership he will share with a new congregation…God must think he is really a Big Shot. And So It Goes my friend; I wish you well. Don’t become The Stranger we only see on Facebook ranting about the Twins…We love you Paulie Just The Way You Are!
Enjoy Paul’s rendition of Piano Man:
“So many faces in and out of my life – some will last, some will just be now and then. Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes; I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again” – Billy Joel