Holy Week Prep

I was at the church last night. This was unusual for me. I’m often at the church for night meetings, but seldom on a Thursday night. Thursday is choir night. Our bell choir and adult choir hold their rehearsals on Thursdays so we don’t schedule other meetings.

Last night was dress rehearsal for Palm Sunday so I was there to help out. Our choir director David Broome has been preparing the choir to present a special cantata in worship on Sunday. The choir will be singing selections from “The Rose of Calvary,” by Joseph Martin. This is a very ambitious project for them, especially for the Sunday before Easter.

I don’t want to give away the surprise, but there are a couple of things about the worship service on Sunday that are going to be quite different. I’m sure you will find it a moving beginning for Holy Week.

I’ve been inspired by the choir’s enthusiasm to try something new and all the extra time they have put into rehearsals. The choir is already one of the most committed groups in the church—with weekly rehearsals and singing almost every Sunday—but for holy week they have been practicing after church on Sundays and staying late on Thursdays. I’m sure we are all going to appreciate the hard work that they have put in to perfect their music.

I also plan to be at church tomorrow with a hard working group of church volunteers. Tomorrow is our spring clean-up day and the Trustees have a full slate of chores scheduled—from window washing and kitchen cleaning to raking and mulching. And the Deacons’ plan to do some special cleaning in the sanctuary so we will be ready for Easter.

It is always great to watch the dedication of the volunteers of CCH. Thanks to all their efforts I’m sure we will have a great Holy Week.

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