The first time I sat and listened to You Are Child by Catherine Benskin and Alan Marcinek
, I found myself wishing I was a parishioner at her church.
As my music partner, Alan, came into my life, I was challenged with what being a servant leader meant to me and began to expand my pastoral growth.
Q: Can you say a few words about your partnership with Alan Marcinek?
How did the two of you come together and why does your partnership work so well?
A: There have been a handful of people who have come into my life in ways that I can only attribute to divine intervention.
In each of these relationships there has been an instantaneous (though not fully revealed) sense of connection and purpose about their arrivals.
came to work at my home church, St. Rose of Lima in Gaithersburg, MD four years ago.
The first time Alan
played it this way, the only word I could think of to describe it was "sultry".
Alan loves to play familiar songs in a way that shakes them up, surprises people, or breathes a new life into them.
When people would comment about his
arrangement of this or that hymn, I say, "Alan
plays songs such that the composer didn't know how good it could be..." He
plays a "Loves Divine, All Loves Excelling" that makes them sing the roof off the Elementary school where we meet.
gave me a recording of himself singing this song from a previous concert of his
When I was in the midst of my terrible depressions in my pre and early diagnosis days, I would drive down to his
country church, St. Stephen the Martyr in Middleburg, VA (which is about an hour from my house) and listen to it all the way.
The comforting lyrics of God reassuring me that each one of us is made for a special purpose and that we are all important and loved in God's eyes probably saved me countless times.
During the rehearsal stage of our project as Alan
would go through rough patches on his
path, I would sing it and pray it for him.