For most of her life, Dr. Tracy Keenan, 58, has played music, even after she answered a call to serve God and being ordained 29 years ago.
Throughout the last 13 years as pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington, she occasionally used her original songs as part of the worship service, but more often toiled musically on her own time and during workshops led by such songwriters as Dar Williams and Jonatha Brooke.
More than two years ago, Keenan started writing songs that speak of how the story of the Bible and life's path intertwine.
Her work will be presented in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the church, 2070 Ridgecliff Road.
In addition to herself on piano and vocals, musicians for the concert include Emmy Award-winning composer and performer Dave Powers; ProMusica cellist Cora Kuyvenhoven; pianist Katie Wynkoop; and the Covenant Chancel Choir.
Powers said he expects the concert will be "amazingly uplifting."
"I'm looking forward to playing Pastor Tracy Keenan's original music," he said.
"This concert is the culmination of two years of work on a theme I have been tossing around for even longer: the Bible story as the story of a human life -- from infanthood when everything was provided -- to Revelation, the last wild reckoning at the end of life," Keenan said. "In between are times of belonging and exile, knowing and wilderness, celebration and sorrow, recalibrating and exploration."
"All Your Life: From Eden to Apocalypso," consists of 12 songs almost entirely composed by Keenan that range from choral to baroque, rhythm-and-blues to pop, and even calypso.
Despite the church setting for the concert and the biblical overtones, Keenan said she hopes people from all walks of life and with any beliefs might take in the performance.
"You don't have to be steeped in any particular religious tradition to see your own life in these pieces," she said. "I didn't want any to mistake that Christians are more evolved or anything like that.
"I wanted it to be more of a lifespan, when everything gets turned upside down. These events can happen at any time in your life. I just wanted to use the biblical storyline to give it structure."
Keenan's conclusion in "All Your Life" and from spending extended time with terminally ill people, is that in the end, the only things that matter are love and forgiveness.
She hopes people can take that message, or at least the consideration of it, with them on their own journeys, spiritual or otherwise.
"How I see my ministry is helping people to love more deeply and live more meaningfully and to have a sense of their role in the world," Keenan said. "Now there's this concert I've been working on for two years.
"I've been telling people, 'I'm telling your life story. You should come and hear it.' "
A freewill offering will go to support HM3, Covenant Presbyterian Church's weekly community meal and gathering at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St., Columbus.