Celebration — Terry

fear not, Terry remains with us . . . . ! ! ! !

Sunday 10th January, 2021 – Terry’s final Sunday as minister of music in the English-Speaking Congregation. Happily he’s not leaving Geneva or the congregation — he continues writing liturgies and being an involved member, but he is formally retiring from up-front musical leadership in worship.

So, as we didn’t have a retirement party before, due to Covid restrictions, we held it after worship on Sunday 11th September. Here it is —


In January 2021 we said thanks and celebrated his incredible service over many, many years that he has blessed us with his commitment, energy, and skills, as a teacher, musician and composer.

Terry wrote a message to us all which you can read here (or click the image).

Andy’s sermon centered upon Terry and what he has meant to our congregation.

One composition, specially written for Easter Eve, became a much-appreciated annual performance by the choir and enthusiastic engagement by the whole congregation. ‘Gloria in Excelsis for Easter Eve‘ is performed here as a virtual choir with more than twenty current and past members. Created for Terry under the guidance of Koko, and presented on this day.

A really neat large display screen for this video is available (not needed for mobile devices, but cool for others.)

A recording of a core piece to guide all further singers was recorded in August 2020 in the church sanctuary. Here are images of that first evening session.

Terry watched the virtual choir video and was then presented with gifts followed by a blessing. One of the envelopes opened that day is the invitation to us all for the celebration foreseen for after Covid, so which has now taken place.

Regine is taking over the up-front music role on an interim basis, the hand-over was symbolically marked by Terry beginning, and Regine completing the Farsi song ‘Chon rizad’ (once Terry could stop laughing!):

The magnificent “glass fusion” artwork, made by Elisabeth Benn, presented to Terry – is shown here from different angles and in different lights.

And the rose petals continued to fall around Terry while Regine played harpsichord, and afterwards during”coffee hour” (on Zoom).

Terrifically Energetic, with Riotous laughter and unbelievably Rich liturgical knowledge, You bring us to a deeper understanding of the words.

Music is second nature, Arising out from your fingertips to the keys, Cascading from your throat to our ears molding our voices into Accord; Rhythms that are perfectly off-balance, always challenging us, To dance beyond our comfort zones: what joy! Humbly submitting this offerings--a form you inspired--the Ulterior motive is deep gratitude for knowing you better, the Brahms Requiem, an occasional coffee, your wise counsel, and surely more music to come.

Natalie Deffenbaugh 10 January 2021

Retirement poem Natalie as a PDF file

. . . . . . . 70 candles !

– 60th birthday and choir practice.

In Windhoek.

together with other familiar faces . . . .

Swiss TV program on the work of Terry MacArthur with the World Council of Churches, WCC. — Language: French and English. Uploaded from a video tape provided by the RTS in 1999.

GenevaLutheran_Feb 2004 — click to see full article from 2004.