Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gospel Homecoming

As always, I'm looking forward to church tomorrow morning. Having been out of the office this week, I feel a bit ill prepared, but I wouldn't trade the time spent with my girls for anything. It was a great staycation while it lasted.

While serving at First Baptist Church in Richland a few years ago, some good friends of mine took Tangie and me to a Bill Gaither Homecoming Concert. Jimmy and Rosina Sumerall were and will always be two of the most outstanding Christians I have ever served with. Jimmy is a monster bass in the FBC choir, and Rosina is a real life prayer warrior. They love all forms of praise and worship but have a real sweet tooth for Southern Gospel music. Now, I grew up singing Southern Gospel and thought I was past that "phase" of my life, but that concert that night was one of the best I've ever been to in my life. In terms of pure fun and spiritual inspiration, Gaither and crew can't be beat. I especially remember Russ Taff singing "I Believe" and being blown away by his passion for God as he sang. Jessie Dixon was a blast. And David Phelps was just plain sick. In fact, I think that's what made the concert so much fun. It was the variety and the laid back atmosphere.

So I was excited to learn that Hunters' Glen has pulled off a few of their own homecoming style concerts in the past. Long story short, we're doing one tomorrow night. It's going to be a blast! It's also been extremely easy for me as one of my choir members has spearheaded the whole deal. Rick Eberst is every music minister's dream. A guy that could himself be a music minister but instead is in my choir. Not too shabby. Thanks, Rick, for all your hard work in putting this night of praise and worship together.

So if you drive by HGBC tomorrow night and notice that our roof is missing, now you'll know why.


jimmy Sumerall said...

Hey Mark, We love you guys. Wish we could be there tonight to help you "Raise The Roof".