Dear Friends of the Choir,
Today was a beautiful day of rest. We sang at the high school of our beloved fellow-choir-member Catherine Anne. We had fun leading the kids in upbeat worship. We know they had fun too, because they insisted we continue singing and even joined us on stage to sing and dance with us.
Afterwards we were driven to Mission Beach in San Diego. We spent the afternoon lying on the beach. We talked, slept and tanned. We grit our teeth and ran squealing like wild things into the ocean and let the waves toss our bodies around.
Many of us built a huge sand volcano together with seaweed lace spilling out of the top. It was really ugly. We also buried David (nicknamed Thor) in the sand and entitled the piece "Thor's Day at the Beach" as we had sculpted the sand covering him into the shape of the bulky Norse superhero.
Now we are having dinner together. We are crispy and sunburned with sand in our ears and clinging to our arm hair. We thank the Lord for a day of rest after a week of traveling and aerobic praise (actually I think Aerobic Praise could be the next big workout fad after Zumba).
P.S. Day 6 is coming soon. We have not had internet access.
Calling all prayer warriors!
This morning we got the call: our bus broke down. This news was especially unfortunate considering the fact that we were supposed to drive to San Diego today and arrive in time for a 9:45 gig.
As you can imagine, this changes our schedule quite a bit and adds a lot of stress to these next coupel days.
We have currently found a new bus and are on our way, but there is still a lot to pray for!
Please pray for our leaders of the choir: that God would give them peace, patience, and trust that all things will work together for His good. That God would go before them and work in them to make the best decisions for this choir according to His plan.
Pray for the choir as a whole: that we will continue to have patience for our leaders and that we will be especially encouraging and accepting of everything that God sets before us for the remainder of the tour.
Also just continue praying for the mission of this tour and that we could continue to spread the love of God to whoever he sends us to.
It is almost 12 o'clock at night and I am sitting in a restaurant on Manhattan Beach Boulevard with my fellow choir members. We just finished our concert at the 47th annual Gospel Music Workshop of America. We had a blast performing three songs for a roomful of other choirs and gospel music enthusiasts. Before we went up, our director and musicians emphasized the need to give it our best performance thus far, because, in the words of one of the choir members,"This is legit".
We really felt the need to prove ourselves. I'm just going to say it: We killed. The crowd loved us. One man said,"You were off the
chain. You were off the Jesus chain!"
They responded immediately to the familiar 'O Lord We Praise You'. I think they loved the complex choreography of 'No More Burdens'.
Our pies de resistance is always 'Psalm 150'. The operatic and intense vocals coupled with
the intensity of the choreography had the audience really engaged. They gave us a standing ovation.
We also had tons of fun praising the Lord with the other groups. We danced and cheered with them all night and finally left at 11 o'clock. So now we are celebrating here at the restaurant. We are joking and laughing as we wait for our food, waving aside the thought that we will be waking up at six tomorrow.
Thank you, Jesus, for this day!