Sunday, May 11, 2014 The men of our choir, plus a few others from the church, took over for the women in honor of Mother's Day. I felt a little uncomfortable not sitting in the choir loft, but I did have a great seat: just about where the cameras were in the video below. The men sang twice (besides the regular service music): A version of Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in this Place (Lanny Wolfe, arranged by Elmo Mercer, Lanny Wolfe Music), which they did beautifully. What blew our socks off, however, was Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Tomlin/Giglio/Newton/Raney), Hope Publishing, C5644). We've done it as a whole choir before, but I just love what the men did with it.
This video is courtesy of our friend and fellow choir member, Beth, who deeply regrets not getting the whole song. It took a while for people to realize that this was a moment to be preserved. I didn't even think of my own camera, sitting under my chair in my purse. You may be able to see a longer—though still not complete—version if you are friends with me on Facebook. Or maybe not; I've discovered that when I share other people's posts, sometimes my friends can see them, and sometimes they can't. In any case, I'm so grateful to have this much for a reminder of how lovely it all was. (Heather, you know the guy behind Dad, too.)