30 Churches – 300 Voices – One Choir
Sing Glory To Our Creator
Mass Choir Benefit Concert – May 2014
At 7:30 p.m., on the 24th of May, the culmination of years of planning, thousands of hours of practice by hundreds of choristers and musicians, countless calls and emails and meetings and thousands of dollars of investment began. In two glorious hours, it was all over. And yet it was so worth it! The second mass choir concert, featuring a choir of nearly 300 voices, the Anchor Camp choir and the ACS choir, as well as over our dozen instruments, sang glory to our Creator.
The concert was held in the Hamilton Place concert hall, a professional venue with stagehands and lighting and sound technicians. All this allowed for a very dynamic evening. The opening song, “Glorify Thy Name” showcase dim lighting that slowly intensified as the song increased in volume. And then there was the extraordinarily passionate singing of “In His Love”, accompanied by an orchestra. Or the heart warming singing of the ACS children’s choir as they sang an appropriate song, “By Faith” with the videos highlighting ACS playing on the walls.
In the end, the concert ticket sales netted us no profit, though subsequent donations certainly made the concert financially a worthwhile fund-raising event for Ambassadors Christian School. Despite this reality, I think we can say with certainty that this event was an incredible success. Think about it: Over 1,300 people were in one place at one time praising God our Creator. The audience was edified and encouraged. Our kingdom project in the nation’s capital professionally shared its vision and our community was able to raise awareness for and literally share a stage with, some truly exceptional people from the Anchor homes. It was all worth it!
I’d like to share with you an incredibly touching poem, written by a sister of one of the male choristers. As she sat in the audience watching the Anchor Home segment of the program begin, she reflects on a single moment during the program in which she felt it all come together.
~ Andre Schutten
Sing on, Sing on!
By Elisabeth Luimes
My brother’s voice was one of 300, earnest and focused
so the praise rang powerful, and stilled our hearts
but I wasn’t riveted until they took the stage
some in wheelchairs, some shuffling and fidgety,
broken bodies and broken minds.
In between, the ‘helpers’, perhaps the only ones who could really sing
but the helpers were not the serious ones, oh no
those who made the less beautiful noises
were much more serious, earnest, eager
and in all this beautifulness there was a lady in one of the wheelchairs
not much hair, a bright pink bow
perhaps a little frightened
and when the spotlights fired up she winced
cowering under so much glory
it hurts our eyes, you see
and my heart sank as she covered her face with her arm
if I could, I would have said “don’t! you’re going to miss out on so much!”
ah, but I know the feeling
it’s just too much
I am broken too
I just can’t handle glory
like an Israelite cowering at the shining face of Moses
I can’t even think of the glory of Yahweh!
“One day,” I said to her in my heart,
“One day our eyes will be remade
and we will look on God together.”
But I am not so wise as the woman in the wheelchair
just when I thought she’d sit with her arm over her face
amidst the chaotic tambourines and shakers of praise
I saw her shift
pull out a pair of sunglasses
(they were pink too)
and turn to her songbook.
I think the angels cheered.