In 1952, composer John Cage wrote a piece called 4'33" (Four minutes, 33 seconds). Originally written for a single pianist, it can be performed on any instrument or any combination of instruments. The choice of instruments does not matter, because during the entire duration of the performance not a single note is played. Several renditions of 4'33" have been recorded over the years. The idea behind this quirky composition is that the music consists of the ambient sounds of the room in which it is performed. The silence enables the audience to really listen.
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“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”(v. 26)
Hello dear children,
I am so glad to see you this morning. Know why? It's a time for worship. And more than that, I get to tell you good news. The good news from John's gospel today, is about a very special friend who is here with us today.
But first, how many of you have friends? (children respond)
Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older brother, who used it for his advanced maths. He'd been off school for a week, so Martha had figured he wouldn't need his calculator for a while. She and Jenny had soon discovered a great bowling game hidden in the depths of the calculator, and Jenny, to her excitement had just reached level three.