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2021 Fall Choir Retreat
Mark Twehouse

SPPC Choir Retreat

This was the first choir retreat since “the Covid time” began two years ago. The choir and some spouses went up to Mo-Ranch Retreat Center this past weekend for spiritual renewal, quiet, and superb fellowship. And what a blessed and impactful weekend it was!

The focus of our retreat this year was “Becoming a Vessel for the Lord”. It began Friday evening with fellowship. Everyone brought some nochings to share and it was a time of good stories and laughter. 

Saturday included three prayer services developing the theme of being a vessel using Scripture, prayer, demonstration, reflection, and some good ol’-fashioned hands-on “arts and crafts” to experience our brokenness and redeemed healing by our Savior, Jesus Christ. Saturday evening we had a prayer service of blessing accepting that we are beloved by God up at the outdoor chapel with its inspiring vistas overlooking the valley below. We also had two rehearsals during the day to introduce this year’s Christmas cantata. The day closed with fellowship celebrating four birthdays and a Facetime gathering with Katarina and Sean McAnelly and Walter, the Wonder Dog.

Sunday morning started with some Scripture, sharing about the weekend, and a short rehearsal. We closed the retreat uniting in Spirit and prayer with the rest of the congregation in San Antonio using the same hymns and Scripture texts being used in San Antonio.

I can honestly say that we all came away from the weekend feeling deeply blessed by our time together. Christ was with us as we gathered in His Name and graced us abundantly with His divine Love and Spirit!

Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of Your Love that we experienced through our time with each other in song, prayer, food, and fellowship. May we continue to share Your Love with the rest of the congregation as we serve the community as Your ministers of music. We ask this in Your Holy Name. Amen!