Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kendrick's First Solo

As children of choir member parents, Stephen and I have vowed that one of us would always sit with the kids during worship on Sunday mornings at least through elementary school.  This morning Stephen sang in the choir.  The male voice is needed a bit more than the soprano, so I sat with the boys...on the front row and I mean truly front row. 

I was really excited about it, because I knew that we would at the very least be singing "Christ the Lord is Ris'n Today."  This year Kendrick has learned this song in BSF and Cavett already knew it because of Psalty CD's.  So, as we drove to church we practiced our songs and I threw out a couple of other hymns I thought we might sing like "He Lives" or "Up From the Grave He Arose."  Cavett asked me, "How do you know all the songs, Mom."  Of course, the response was that I went to church every single Sunday growing up. 

All was going well....the boys sang every "Alleluia" in our first hymn, "Christ the Lord Is Ris'n Today."  Kendrick was mesmorized during the baptism but became a bit wiggly during the prayer. There was no Children's Sermon today--that is where I always cross my fingers and hope for the best.  Cavett hung in there and did an Easter word find during the sermon.   Kendrick colored and we did a connect the dot game, but he was listening to the sermon still.

At one point in the sermon, Pastor Tom was talking about the ending of the book of Mark and the Greek translation of verse 8 specifically. 

Bible in Basic English
16:8 And they went out quickly from the place, because fear and great wonder had come on them: and they said nothing to anyone, because they were full of fear that ...

His point was it was open ended,  that no matter where we are in life, we are not there yet and the story isn't finished.  Then he said it's like singing "Christ the Lord is..."  Loud enough for the front half of the congregation to hear, Kendrick busted out singing the rest of the line "...Risen today, Alleluia!"  It was precious and he got quite a chuckle. 

Pastor Tom then did it again at the end of the sermon, hoping that all would join in with Kendrick this time, but Kendrick was a little embaressed, I guess and Pastor Tom had to sing it again for all to join in. 

Interestingly enough, I had a couple of people tell me they though it was Cavett and didn't realize it was Kendrick.  What a testimony this is to the teaching of God's word at such a young age!  They are sponges!  No matter the age, a child can soak Him up! 

"It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it."
Isaiah 55:11


Allison said...

Awww, how sweet! I am glad you had a wonderful Easter. Have a great week.

Jack said...

Awesome. Had fun with y'all on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Great story. Glad to see the zeal for singing is alive in the younger family members! Go, Kendrick!

Candace said...

I love that pic of the boys.