Music was the way I joined Church of the Resurrection. Having sung in a choir for most of my life, when I started looking for a new church home, I was seeking a good choir. I found it in 1991 when I attended my first CoR service at a September "Service in the Park." Sitting next to long time member Marcia Weeks, she raved about choir director Maggie Cartwright, and invited me to that Tuesday's rehearsal.
I never looked at another parish. I was home.
Through Maggie's fine musicianship and wry wit, and particularly her patience with the unrestrained humor of some singers, both choir and congregation were blessed.
Music is prayer, and through years of rehearsals, singing at services, Advent concerts, memorials and celebrations, we prayed together. We also played together.
Choir parties, often generously hosted at Joan and Gary Lawrence's, were full of even more laughter, fellowship, and rejoicing, lubricated by delicious food and wine - including Gary's special enological concoctions.
The past few years, I've joined the congregation to sing. Until now, I'd rarely had a chance to hear our choir sing from the "pews." It's been a wonderful experience to enjoy their heavenly blend of voices praising our community, our lives and the blessings we receive every day.