I’m not sure what I loved about choir tour more—rehearsals, tours, Bible studies, host homes, leadership, friendship, food, or home concerts. I’ve visited more natural bridges, eaten more church spaghetti meals, and had more prayer partners than the disciples in Acts. But one thing I know for sure. The experiences of choir tour have had an eternal impact on me and on the churches I’ve served. This week our students travel to New Orleans to share the message of surrender. Jesus has invaded our world and invites us to bow down to him as Lord of all.
Beginning Tuesday and continuing through Sunday, our choir will travel to a Cerebral Palsy Center in Mobile and these places in New Orleans: the National WW2 museum, St. Margaret’s nursing home, the Salvation Army in New Orleans, and ARC, serving people with mental disabilities. They’ll tour a swamp and a zoo and be back in time to share with us Sunday night at 6:00PM.
Each day, they’ll share worship, word, and witness on the theme of Philippians 2:1-12. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every young acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” As they travel, they’ll study and pray in groups about surrendering their lives to the Lord: their stuff, status, sin, and self.
Imagine for a moment the power of this week. They’ll bow the knee to Jesus. They’ll remember those who died for our country and learn a greater appreciation for our nation and those who’ve served. They’ll minister unto the least of these by helping to transform the city of New Orleans. Our choir will grow in their discipleship. They’ll share the gospel to a needy world, and our group will connect to staff, sponsors, mentors, and each other. Already, our congregational vision process is bearing fruit.
Thank you for giving, sharing, and supporting this group. Please join us Sunday night at 6:00PM to celebrate the good news in the lives of our youth.