:: catching up, post #5…see, I told you I was busy ::
December 4 was the Ordination/Commissioning Service for my good friend (and Devo’s pastoral colleague) Janeen. She’s been Children’s Pastor here since Lia was 6 months old…so she IS our children’s pastor. Ordaining women in ministry is not something that is common in our denomination, so I am so proud to be a part of a community that acknowledges the work of God through women.
She requested that my Children’s Choir participate in the service. We hadn’t done anything since the Easter Messiah last year, so I was glad to get it going. Janeen requested You are the Shepherd. A beautiful, beautiful song to follow her ‘response’ at the end of the service.
And then we thought that the children could lead the opening hymn, so I chose the perennial success To God Be the Glory. Because no matter what happens, everybody can sing “praise the Lord! praise the Lord!”
Three weeks of rehearsals, through Thanksgiving weekend, no less. I opened up the choir to the ‘younger than 6 year olds’ for the first time and we had a whole row of 3 year olds. It was a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time working on the three verses of To God be the Glory and I am proud and gratified to say that they knew the second verse really, really well. O perfect redemption, the purchase of God… If anybody ever needs ideas on how to teach this hymn, I have many.
We ended up choosing Gracie as our soloist for You are the Shepherd. Gracie is four, and I’ve been sitting in Sabbath School with her for two years at least. She was just. darling. It was unbearably sweet.
It was such a great group of kids, I’ve started thinking about what we should do next year. So many of my kids are getting almost too old (or so they think), so I’d like to do another something before they outgrow Children’s Choir.
And then we dashed out the door, I dropped the family off at home, and sped off for my choir concert.
edited to add :: I just realized that I don’t know who took the pictures that my husband acquired. Let me know who you are and thank you!