What gets you excited for the holiday season? For me it is family. And pie. But mostly family. I just can't believe how blessed Randall and I are with such an amazing family!
For Randall's family and many other people I know and love, Christmas preparation starts in July. That is when choir rehearsals start for the big church Christmas Pageant.
Randall's dad directed choirs for over 50 years. He was an amazing director. He would produce the most magnificent Christmas pageants. I was blessed to be a part of a few of those. I even played Mary once! Now Randall's brother, Lyndel, is doing the same thing. We've been able to see a few of his musicals and they are just as outstanding as Bill's ever were. It's something I really look forward to at Christmas time.
Randall, the boys, and I visited Randall's mom in Oklahoma City last weekend. It was so nice to get together with the family. Dolores has been working on her church's Christmas music for quite some time, too. They actually recorded a CD of their music and she gave us one to listen to on our road trip.
Randall and I were able to leave the boys with her as we set off for Waco to see the Baylor/OU game. So, early in the morning as the sun was rising over the plains, I popped in the CD. I'm not going to lie. Choral music is not typically our thing. It's definitely not Randall's thing and we joked a little at the cheesy narrations over the music. But as our conversation lulled and the music swelled, I got emotional. I couldn't stop the tears as I thought about how much I missed Randall's daddy.
I know the holidays are hard for people who are missing their dear ones. But I am so thankful for the memories and moments we shared. I'll never forget the extravagant Festivals of Lights. When I see people holding candle lit services on cheesy Christmas movies, I always remember how Bill would direct us to move our candles in unison up and down. And I can still hear his voice singing our favorite carols loudly over the congregation.
Our church rarely has a choir these days but this year we're trying something different. We're asking for your help. Yes, YOU. This Christmas in all of our fourteen Christmas services we're going to have a virtual choir.
For Christmas this year at The Crossing we’re closing our Christmas Eve services with the song “Here With Us” by Joy Williams. For the experience of the last song, we’re going to have a choir on-stage and a “virtual choir” projected on the walls. Basically, we’re sharing the idea that all over the world, and in churches around the St. Louis area people are worshipping Immanuel together, especially on Christmas Eve. God is here with all of us.
So here’s where you come in but a disclaimer first: if you attend The Crossing on a regular basis…this is not for you because we only want folks who are outside the community as a part of the virtual choir. If you are a part of The Crossing please feel free to forward this information on to your friends and family and join us at one of the fourteen Christmas Eve services at Fenton or Chesterfield this season.