NewsDoug Barrick, CUCC organist

Dear CUCC Family,


Life is full of twists and turns.  Twists can be painful or at least take you out of your comfort zone and prepare the way for a turn.  Change is always uncomfortable to some degree since it involves leaving the familiar and facing the excitement of challenging newness.  The familiarity of the CUCC family and providing music for our worship together has inspired me for many years.  It never had the feel of a “job” to me, so all the congratulations on this retirement are appreciated  but without a sense of great relief.  I never tired of the routine as a church musician, probably because music shared with good folk in a good place for a good cause never felt routine or in any way chore-like.  That has been a special blessing and I am grateful to those, past and present, who have made it so.  The memories are beyond fond and those not so much carry a nice touch of humor now.  I never took myself so seriously as a musician not to eventually smile at my foibles as I learned to embrace the imperfections.  I can now step out of the wonderfully familiar, non-routine into new hopes and expectations.


Thank you for your kind and generous expressions of gratitude.  They have been both humbling and gratifying which is why I have felt no need for any ceremony of departure or retirement gala.  As I have said to some of you, low-key suits me.  I apologize in confessing my selfish wish for only the simplicity and sincerity of individually expressed farewells which have been heart-warming and  soul-touching.  Actually, farewell  may be a too dramatic description since I am looking forward to continuing friendships.   I leave with deep appreciation and prayers for CUCC’s very special and needed ministries which, in part, kept me on the organ and piano benches through the years.


I wish God’s blessings upon all of you and your commitment to the historic and future mission of CUCC with twists and turns to be embraced to fulfill God’s “grace-full kindom.”  In closing, find inspiration in the following poem and may you always find music in the beauty and even the messiness of life.


In sincerity and Christ’s love,




Let me go where’er I will,
I hear a sky-born music still:
It sounds from all things old,
It sounds from all things young,
From all that’s fair, from all that’s foul,
Peals out a cheerful song.It is not only in the rose,
It is not only in the bird,
Not only where the rainbow glows,
Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest, meanest things
There alway, alway something sings.

‘T is not in the high stars alone,
Nor in the cup of budding flowers,
Nor in the redbreast’s mellow tone,
Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
But in the mud and scum of things
There alway, alway something sings.