It seems that every year I tell you that “this year’s Jubilate Tour was the best ever!” In some ways, that has always been true, and a lofty goal for us each year. That I will make this claim again concerning this year’s tour should come as no surprise to you.
We were “weathered-out” of our two pre-tour concerts — the time that we get the experience to go out and sing the program with confidence. When we missed these chances, it was with a great deal of concern that I left the church on Saturday morning, March 7, headed for Pittsburgh.
The next morning, having traveled the day before and lost an hour as we entered Daylight Saving Time, I was amazed that the choir came rested and ready to sing. They truly led us in worship that morning!
That night, in Toledo, again they lifted the congregation to an experience of worship that was inspirational. After the service, someone placed a note in my folder that said, “Dear talented young people – Today was a sad day for my family. But we decided to come tonight in hope of some light and comfort. We found it! Thank you and best wishes to you all. You do not know who and how your music will touch. Keep singing!”
This was the case for the four concerts we sang along the tour. On Monday and Tuesday evenings, both church Senior Ministers shared that their church had never hosted a traveling choir, and that the experience with Jubilate had opened a door of possibilities for them in the future. I received an email from one of the organists at Christ the King Lutheran Church, where we sang on Tuesday night: “You and the choir made a deep impression on all of us in so many ways! If any other church or concert venue has an opportunity to have Jubilate perform, I suggest that they jump at the chance!”
We will be leading in morning worship here at UBC this Sunday, singing selections from our tour program. We hope that you will also come to the Homecoming Concert on Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 pm to hear the entire program.
Thank you for your prayers and support for Jubilate this year and all the 42 years the choir has been ministering to people wherever they sang! Soli Deo Gloria!