by Anita Mae Draper
Some of my favorite events while attending the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference are the worship sessions. Sunday mornings are especially treasured because of the beautiful sound of the ACFW choir.
Rachael Phillips, the 2011 ACFW Choir Director said, "They are a wonderful, gifted group, and I love working with them. I send them music and mp3 files beforehand, which they rehearse on their own, and in four/five crazy conference practices wedged in between classes and appointments, these singers from all over the country blend their diverse talents and spirits into a single voice of praise. SO proud of them!"
Last Sunday, I sat at the Beyond the Border zone table in the back corner of the room and taped the 2011 ACFW choir on my little Lumix camera. Because I was so far away, the faces in the choir are barely discernable. And the video is shaky since I didn't have a tripod. However, the music is a beautiful outpouring of the spirit. I hope you can look past the inadequacies - perhaps just close your eyes - and receive the blessing of these gifted singers.
I don't know all the members of the choir, but if you know someone who is and if you were/are blessed by their music, let them know. To that effect, I'm sending out a huge thank you to:
A fellow Inky - Thank you, Jennifer AlLee - I've been listening to this video since I processed it and I still haven't heard it enough.
And Thank you, Rachael Phillips, the ACFW Choir Director who wrote one of the songs, called "Writer's Prayer", based on scripture. Rachael will be posting the lyrics of the whole medley on her website soon.
God bless you, Rachael for serving Him and giving us this treasure.