You may not be able to tell by the weather outside lately, but spring is quickly approaching. The spring months bring a bustle of music and worship activities at Smoke Rise. I hope that you will take note of the many events being planned, and mark your calendars accordingly.
If dessert or dancing is your thing, you will surely want to attend “Songs of the Heart” on February 11th. This fun-filled evening promises to be a time to remember. The Atlanta Seventeen Big Band which includes our own Rudy Wilson, will perform along with our Sanctuary Choir, vocalists, and instrumentalists. Our youth will spend the entire weekend getting ready to host this special event.
Of course we look forward to the beautiful music of the Lenten Season and Holy Week. On Wednesday, February 14, we will gather in the sanctuary for the Ash Wednesday service. This is an especially poignant worship experience as we begin our Lenten journey. Special Holy Week services will include Palm Sunday morning worship, Maundy/Thursday Communion, Community Good Friday Service (Eastminster PC), and Easter Sunday worship celebration.
On Sunday, April 15, the Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Handbell Choir, and Orchestra will present “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.” This celebration of sacred music will incorporate John Leavitt’s “Missa Festiva” (Festival Mass) as well as David Schwoebel’s thrilling arrangement of the anthem, “When in Our Music God Is Glorified.” David was commissioned to write this arrangement in 1989 for the dedication of the new pipe organ in our sanctuary.
Our children have begun work on their spring musical entitled, “Table for Five Thousand.” In the Foreword of the musical, composers Tom Long and Allen Pote write:
Mother Teresa said, “We can do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” We offer this small work in hopes that it might communicate that message-and along the way, point actors and audiences alike to the One who can fill every hunger.
No doubt the children will accomplish great things as they study and sing this special work.
Finally, as I have had time to reflect upon the Advent and Christmas season, I want to, once again express my gratitude to our pastor, ministers, musicians, and congregation for the rich season of worship that we experienced in December. Thank you, Smoke Rise for being a worshipping congregation!
- Danny Vancil