People come from all over to just sing for two hours. Each year the company publishes a booklet with all of the songs we're going to sing. We heard a great story the other night - a couple who goes to China every year to do eye exams took quite a few of the booklets with them last year and the underground church is using them for hymnals. What a great story!
I've included a copy of the songs we sang.
The prelude began at 5:00, and the keyboard talent was amazing. Most people brought a picnic to enjoy on the lawn as they listened to the beautiful music. At promptly 7:00, the singing began. Our friend, the choir director who started this whole thing was one of the directors.
DC has sung in this quartet for over 20 years. They sounded particularly awesome this time in the open air, with a great sound system. That is DC in the red, white, and blue plaid shirt.
We sang 25 songs, with special numbers sprinkled in. I have to say, it was great fun, but my voice was pretty fried for choir the next morning. One of the sons of the high tenor above (on the far right - Bob's brother) took a picture of the crowd:
This is actually last year's shot, but I couldn't get this year's yet.
One of the very best things about the entire evening was having Kevin and Sema join us. Kevin did not care much about singing in church when he was young, as you can imagine from his story. But when he was in T*ee*n Challenge, he was in a choir that traveled every week-end to churches all over the East Coast, where they sang and gave their testimonies. The hymns have seeped into his soul and nourished it. He has had a new favorite hymn about every month since he's been home. What a blessing to have him standing there beside me, singing his heart out. When it was over he said, "These songs have the gospel story through and through. They are so meaningful." My sentiments exactly!
As the singing ended, we spent some time visiting with friends and enjoying the setting sun. What a beautiful way to end a beautiful day and a blessed evening.