In Life - Debriefed

Here is a big “Thank You!” to our new friends in Senatobia, MS. After spending this past weekend with the kind folks at 1st Baptist Church, Cindy and I feel like we have a whole group of new “old friends.” We were there at the gracious invitation of Chris Dale, Minister of Music at FBC. This is the third composer weekend I’ve done with Chris at various churches over the past decade. And like the previous two, this was a real treat.

Trying to look cool in Senatobia

Trying to look cool in Senatobia

Cindy and I took the scenic drive from Nashville on Friday to this charming Southern town an hour south of Memphis. We met the choir that night for a brief rehearsal. We reconvened on Saturday morning for a more intense rehearsal time. That evening, we all gathered for a Southern potluck dinner.  (For the record, after a weekend of Southern eating, I am officially back on my diet as of this morning.)

Sitting on a Southern porch with my sweetie.

Sitting on a Southern porch with my sweetie.

 

The choir sang four of my anthem arrangements on Sunday morning. Cindy sang an old standard she and I wrote in the late 80s, “He Hears Every Word.” The congregation received all the music very warmly. The arrangement of “Bow the Knee,” written by my friends Mike Harland & Chris Machen, seemed to really hit home with the congregation. All in all, it was a whirlwind weekend, and a satisfying experience for me. I hope the choir at FBC feels the same.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it agin: My music doesn’t come to life until choirs choose to sing it. And it is my honor that FBC Senatobia chose to do a weekend of work on pieces I wrote.

Chris Dale and me, all dressed up on Sunday morning

Chris Dale and me, all dressed up on Sunday morning

So, thanks to Chris Dale, his wife Donna, and all the folks in the choir for their hard work and hospitality. Also, thanks to Connie and Caren, their able accompanists, and to Chris Williams, pastor of FBC. Finally, thanks to the congregation, who made the weekend a possibility.

It turns out that Chris and his family are headed off very soon to Oklahoma to help care for an ailing parent, so their tenure at Senatobia is coming to a close. I want to wish them Godspeed and the very best as they make this change.

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  • Connie Carlisle
    Reply

    It was an honor and privilege to work with you this past weekend. You and Cindy were such a blessing to us and we hope you enjoyed your time in Senatobia. I hope you will come back and visit us again!

    • rsterling
      Reply

      Connie – We did have a great time. thanks for all your hard work – everyone.

  • Sylvia Alford
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    Robert and Cindy,

    It was a privilege to sing under your direction and worship through your music. Cindy’s message through singing was especially encouraging and beautifully delivered. FBC, Senatobia has chosen and presented many of your arrangements and musicals over many years. They have been an integral part of our music ministry. I pray that God will continue to inspire and strengthen each of you.

    • rsterling
      Reply

      Thanks, Sylvia! It’s my honor to have been a part of FBC’s music ministry via my writing for so long. Blessings on you all as you enter this next transition.

  • Rosemary Tindle
    Reply

    Oh what a wonderful weekend we had with you both! Your music has been a blessing to me through many years of church choir singing. Thanks to Chris Dale for providing an especially meaningful worship event for our church.

    • rsterling
      Reply

      Thank you, Rosemary!

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