Sometimes God Can Speak to us Through a Musical Instrument

Minister Paul J Bern
5 min readJul 16, 2023

The Day the Rafters Sang

Finding a Connection With God Through a Musical Instrument

By Rev. Paul J. Bern

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I have been blessed with being able to play a piano from a very young age, about 5 or so. For the last fourteen years I have played the keyboards in the same church, serving as a musician. The keyboard is an oldie-but-goody Yamaha YSR-290, a 73 key model, which is only one step away from a full size 88-key piano. But it’s a digital model so it’s very light compared to acoustic pianos, which can tip the scales at 500 pounds or more for a spinet or a console, and half again as much for a grand piano. About five years ago, an anonymous donor donated an ancient Hammond organ with its own Leslie amplifier, which consisted of a rotating woofer-type speaker and attached rotating horn. I don’t know the wattage rating for the amp, but it must be substantial because it can get pretty loud at full volume.

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At the time, it didn’t work properly. I would turn it on and it did have power, but it wouldn’t play, and no one knew why. So one Sunday morning after service I got…



Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player