Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Homecoming Concert

One child back at home, one to go (The Man will be home from Athens tonight).

Demolition D arrived back home with the rest of the choir yesterday. Tradition is to have a homecoming concert, and that continued.

They did a great job!

Between songs, the upcoming seniors and just graduated students provided stories from the trip. The Music Leader is a brave soul! Highschool kids and an open mike! They did a good job, only a few red faces, but nothing bad or racy, just delivered in a fun way.

I am re-posting a picture, the one of St. Paul's Chapel. I did not realize this last week, and am glad that one of the kids shared about this . . .

St. Paul's Chapel was known for over 200 years as the Chapel that George Washington first prayed at after being elected President in 1789. The pew and the chair that Washington worshiped in and prayed from are still preserved and displayed.

But, St. Paul's has a newer distinction - September 11, 2001, it was a building that was in the midst of all the wreckage as the towers fell. It remained unharmed and was a refuge to the many firemen, policemen and volunteers serving the area during the time following 9/11.

When the above picture was first twittered I liked the calm of the blue and the setting. I had no idea I was looking at a sanctuary that was a spiritual refuge during such a difficult time for our country.

Back to the concert. As I said, the kids did a great job, even with being exhausted and tired voices. I tried to video some of the songs with my camera, not great quality and not much room on the card, but I had to share a snippet of one of the songs.

At the end, the choir members left the choir loft, and with the leaders, circled the audience, held hands and closed singing the song Total Praise . . .

Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills

Knowing my strenght comes from you

Your peace You give me in time of the storm

You are the source of my strenght

The strength of my life

I will lift my hands in total praise to You.

It was so very touching and so good to have them back home!


Aleta said...

I didn't know that about the church either. I've been to New York a couple of times, but never went inside the church. I'll have to keep it in mind as I'll surely return to New York again.

Thanks for sharing the stores, pictures and the video. What an amazing group of kids!

Finding Pam said...

This was a wonderful trip for your church choir. Thank you for sharing it with us.

They sounded great. I love the history of churches and I know that they will remember this for the rest of their lives.

Blessings, Pam

Jan the crazy lady said...

What an amazing journey of sharing faith, hope and giving charity. It is fantastic.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a wonderful, inspiring and uplifting story!!!! Thanks for sharing it!!!! The youth choir is fantastic!!!!!! Your son must be extremely talented!!! Love this post!!! ~Janine XO

Jane In The Jungle said...

Fantastic!!! Glad they made it back safe and sound!

Gayle said...

What a wonderful trip for the kids. You must be happy to have them back home!

fishing guy said...

Lailani: What neat information about the church and you family.

Susie said...

School trips are the best! My oldest daughter still talks about the trip to Florida with the band three years ago!