Whether you realize it or not, we have just passed a very significant milestone in the life of our church.
I’m sixty years old. God willing, I shall soon turn sixty-one. I have been Pastor of First Baptist Church of Linton for over nineteen years now.
And I can’t count how many times over the years I have told people, “Our church organist has been playing the organ for longer than I’ve been alive. She’s been on that organ bench since the year before I was born.”
Doris Thornton and I are separated by a couple of generations, musical tastes, choice of instruments, and levels of expertise (she has far more knowledge of music and music theory than I will ever have). But I have always been amazed at how long and how excellently she has played the organ for our church.
Her son Mike Thornton recently told me that he remembers going with his mother to the old First Baptist Church building, so she could practice the hymns for Sunday’s services. He said while she played, he explored every nook and cranny of that old building. (I don’t think I can get him in trouble for that now.) And the reason he got to know that old building so well was because Doris was so dedicated to preparing for the Sunday services.