I am taking a moment to let you know how very many times I heard the words of the sermons @ ASC, but it was the music that touched and opened my heart to inspiration … and I wept.
So many times I have said, “Wow! I sure wish I had a recording of what you have created with the choirs to hear over and over again during the week.”
Your music ministry has been such a gift! Thank you! God bless you on your future journey. With gratitude, CandaceCandace Elliottvia email
We guess it’s time to come to terms! You are leaving ASC, but not our hearts. It is hard to put into words our gratitude for all you have given not only to the church, but to our family. You were a significant influence in the formative years of our children’s lives.
Who knew a creative musician could also be sane?
Our children adore you and so do we! Please continue to keep them real through your Facebook replies on their posts!
We love you.Toni Boucher & Francois Polifronivia email
James, you are loved so much by so many people, you will never know how many people will miss you. Your music and love has lifted us up at our church & has filled us with hope in this challenging time. We love you.Britta & Hank Fosheevia Facebook
I am still working on processing what happened for me at the Spring Concert, honoring James. I can only speak for myself…the level of mixed emotions for me was and still is palpable. I feel very fortunate to be in this choir and thank my lucky stars seven years ago, that James allowed me to be part of an amazing group of people. The music, Britten, and the music we performed with Coventry goes beyond superlatives. Thank you to James for making me stretch and step up to the plate. I will miss you dearly.Rick Murphyvia Facebook
It never occurred to me that your elegant self wouldn’t be seated at the organ making beautiful music when it’s my turn to step beyond the veil into the next life. You have been present at so many of my celebratory “events” — my marriage to Joseph Roach, my daughter Mindy’s marriage to Paul Danna, the baptisms of each of my granddaughters, Claire and Lily, and Joe’s memorial service in 2004 — I assumed you would be there for the last one. I say this out of my own selfishness and sense of loss. But truly I would be one of the first to urge you to retire while you are still well and able to look forward to many more happy years with your partner.
Well beyond the personal impact you have had on my own life is the extraordinary legacy you are leaving behind you at All Saints. Your successor will find it a challenge to attempt to follow in your footsteps.
May you be showered with many blessings and graced with the knowledge of His love.Jeanne Roachvia email
Where to start? You are such a TREASURE that your departure will for sure leave a gaping hole in our community. The joy and the gifts you have brought to our worship are countless — and glorious.
Thank you so much for all you have taught me. Thanks to you, I can still carry a pretty decent tune. Sometimes that is all that keeps me sane.
Know that you are loved, and you will be SO missed.Lynda Obershawvia email
You deserve a standing ovation! Congratulations … and I’m sure you will get several in the coming weeks. Thank you for bringing so much beautiful music into my life. I wish you many years without alarm clocks and deadlines! You will be missed. Love and gratitude,
LizaLiza Billingtonvia email
James, you have become an institution at this church after your decades of dedicated service. You have done so much to expand the breadth, depth, and quality of the music at this church that it is nothing short of a miracle. It would not be the same place it is now had it not been for you.
I have so enjoyed, appreciated, and spiritually grown through all of your efforts and the music you have created that I would not be the person I am now if not for you. You have made a difference – a BIG difference. I am certain there are many here who feel the same as I do.
Your departure is a huge loss for all of us here at All Saints Church, and like many others I am very sad to see you go. But we realize you need to move on to the next chapter of your life. We wish you nothing but the very best. Take good care of yourself.John Grulavia email