Susan and I had the privilege of spending the weekend with our youth choir on a retreat to San Antonio this past weekend. What a great experience! It was a quick trip, but packed with good experiences.
We left Saturday morning at nine and ate our way to San Antonio: kolaches at the Czech Stop in West, Texas, a BBQ lunch in Georgetown, and a dessert stop in San Marcos for frozen yogurt. All along the way, in addition to taking in more than sufficient nourishment, we played a game to help us get to know one another better and what we share in common with others.
Arriving in San Antonio, we were greeted warmly by our hosts at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and joined by members of their youth choir for introductions and a game and then a rehearsal. The two choirs beautifully blended in sound and in new friendships as we all shared a leisurely dinner at San Antonio’s famous Tomatillos Cafe Y Cantina.
Returning to the church, Susan and I had the opportunity to share with the choir our own experience of music and choral singing and what they have meant and continue to mean to us. Then, we shared a time of worship before closing the day.
The combined youth choirs led the music at the 8:30 and 9:30 services on Sunday morning. What a beautiful sight and sound to see members of the two choirs making music together and helping make our experience of worship and Holy Communion a very meaningful time. Parents of the youth choir members in San Antonio sent us on our way with homemade sack lunches and treats to enjoy on the way home.
For Susan and me, it was a joy to be with our fantastic young people and to witness the leadership, teaching, example and just plain fun personalities of the adult leaders: Taylor and Lindy Davis, Martin Leathers, Janis Rathburn and Elaine Johnson. What a blessing!
Grace and Peace,