Chapel - WOW! Totally different acoustical experience. To say that the sound was "alive" is an understatement. In the auditorium in San Antonio we belted music out, but the room ate it almost as fast as we sang it. In GR, the chapel gave the sound back to us and the result was simply mind-blowing.... Same story with the real organ - and both Mr. Loemker's playing and the young man who played (anyone know his name? I am still amazed at the pedal work on "Dear Christians")... GR is like 1,000X easier to navigate than SA... There were TWO Starbucks between our hotel and the campus (civilization used to be known by the presence of a church; I've decided that's rather iffy these days, but a Starbucks!)... Again the frustration of too many good things that get missed out on in the sectionals - you have to choose only a handful of a plethora of goodies! (p.s. - three prepositions in a row... and they make sense!)... I attended sectionals/break outs on music and on prayer and I'm still digesting some of the good words I heard... On the way home we listen to a CD of the young folks singing with Kantor Resch and the line that struck me: "Come, celebrate your banners high unfurling; Your songs and prayers against the darkness hurling. To all the world go out and tell the story Of Jesus' glory!" (LSB 825:3). I thought, yup. That's what is happening RIGHT NOW in Grand Rapids and what happened earlier in San Antonio. Songs and prayer hurled against the darkness. The sound in that room of the organ and all those voices uniting in "Dear Christians, One and All!" and "Salvation Unto Us Has Come!" Sola, dudes! Christ alone! Grace alone! Faith alone! Scripture alone! Sing and pray it: our Lord Jesus is enough and more than enough together with His Father and the Life-giving Spirit!!!
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