The grand old 18th century hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus" took on some new words in a jazzed up rendition last Sunday at St. John's United in Sechelt.
While you may recognize the melody, the words and the musical interpretation were noticeably different. Words by Don Gunning were a tribute to Ken Dalgleish, who for the past 27 years has been the piano virtuoso at worship services. Dalgleish is well known on the Coast as an outstanding musician wherever his gigs and piano tuning take him.
Each Sunday morning he has brought spice and fervour to his playing. The congregation sang, "Underneath his cozy flat cap lies a brain so sharp and wise." Several tributes were also given by members of the congregation acknowledging Dalgleish's musical abilities. One told the story of the old grand piano that he completely rebuilt for the church.
The choir sang David Porter and Isaac Hayes, "I Thank You" with words appropriately inserted in recognition of Dalgleish's gift of music.
"He listens not only with his ears but with his heart and then transposes what our hearts ache to express into hauntingly beautiful, prayerful melodies that help us hear God' s answers," said Rev. Janice Young.