Sunday: A break from the dreary world

I love to spend my time, when not in Church on Sunday, listening to General Conference sermons and Music & the Spoken Word.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as he has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Hymn 124: Be Still My Soul

There is great joy in resting from one’s labors, feasting on the words of Christ. And all He asks is that we give Him one day a week.

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Singing in Church next Sunday

My friend, Tina, is a really great musician. She’s one in a million as far as talent goes so it is fortunate for me that we are members of the same congregation. She has agreed to accompany me while I sing in Chuch next Sunday. 

We met together for a short run through after church services and to share ideas on the musical intro, interlude, and ending today. She had some fabulous ideas as she ran her fingers across the keys, ever so thoughtfully. 

I am thankful to have the opportunity to sing Press Forward Saints. It is such a joyful hymn. It lifts my soul beyond measure. 

Thanks Tina! You are wonderful, you are!

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Karaoke Fun and Fond Memories

My friend, Helen, posted a great YouTube video titled Tony Awards – Broadway Carpool Karaoke – One Day More. It brought back a wonderful memory of living in Dayton, Ohio when I had the great privilege of spending some time with the main cast of Dayton Opera’s Samson et Dalila in 2007. 

I met my friend, Elena Bocharova, the Dalila, because I served as a volunteer at Dayton Opera for a few seasons and eventually joined the Opera Guild of Dayton. It had been my privilege to first meet her when she debuted as the Carmen the year before. We just clicked, becoming fast friends, so when she was contracted for the 2007 performance I told her I would definitely be there for her. 

So now the Dinner & Karaoke story. We all were intertwined by two degrees of separation.

Dongwon Shin, a tenor, was cast as Samson. I first met him because, as a Dayton Opera Volunteer, I picked him up from the airport for the Dayton Opera Star Gala or New Year’s event. (He is just absolutely adorable.) 

John Packard was cast as the Priest of Dagon. He and Elena knew each other from Conservatory days in San Fransisco, if I remember correctly.

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 11.38.04 PMSo “we,” Elena, Dongwon, and John decide to go out for dinner and I wanted to take them to the Club on Wright Patterson Air Force Base. John’s wife, Pam, also came with us, of course!

My dear friend from the Guild, Nora Stang, and I had planned on doing lunch when I got into town but between her schedule and mine it was proving impossible to connect….so I literally had to beg her to come with us since Wednesday evening was the only time I could meet with her.

To make a long story short we all got to the club, had a lovely dinner with just the most delightful conversation when we heard a marvelously smooth voice singing Karaoke. Honestly we thought it was a recording.

No….no…it was karaoke when we heard the next two voices!

At the end of dinner we moved over to the dance floor/karaoke area to enjoy the “show.” But after listening to a few songs and with some prodding, Dongwon stepped up to sing from our group. Then Elena went next, and so on we went for a couple of hours until we helped close down the house. 

It was one of those best Karaoke night’s ever! And I feel so blessed to have been a part of it!Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 11.38.40 PM.png

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Chocolate Vanquishes Chaos

IMG_7455.JPGLike I said in my last post: Chocolate doesn’t ask stupid questions or make up faux news.  Chocolate vanquishes chaos. 

And uplifting music with a good tenor or three, and throw in a great baritone, helps add just the right ambience to the momentous experience.

Sam, I raise a Thin & Crispy Dark Chocolate Chip cookie to honor you and the thrill of the hunt. 

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A lovely service: Maundy Thursday

My friends, Susan and Lowell Thomas, know that I love music because very often at our mutual CrossFit box, they see me with my headset on and I have my own music playing while on the Concept2 Rower. Then there are times when I have the Mo Tab playing on the sound system when she happens to catch me at the box on my own time. So it was not surprising that I was invited to their Holy Week services that involve the choir, to which they belong at the First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.

Between my husband’s work and his duties as the Bishop, a lay minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Capitol Ward, we figured we could attend the Friday night service as our date night. But an unfortunate incident changed several things in our schedule so we were able to attend the Maundy Thursday service instead. (That is the one I particularly wanted to see.) 

We attended the 7 p.m. service. The music provided by the choir was absolutely uplifitng. The acoustics in the sanctuary were marvelous. The program readings and recitations were very nice too. The quotes were taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible. 

After the members of the congregation had been offered the communion they were able to go out to the garden area for meditation. We declined the invitation for the communion and chose to wait until the choir had finished singing before we simply moved on to the garden. 

What we loved and appreciated about the service was the sincerity with which it was delivered. The lovely voices of the choir with the perfect selection of music to sing praises to our Savior, Jesus Christ – The Prince of Peace, was very touching. There was a sweet peace in the sanctuary as the music filled the air.

Even though we are of different denominations, we share a love for our Elder Brother, the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ

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