Music Meditation & Virtual Choir Invitation July 8, 2020

Hello Trinity family,

Every week since quarantine started, I have addressed these emails the same way — “Trinity family”. In churches, we often cling to vague, reassuring phrases to foster a sense of community. How often do we throw around the phrases “children of God”, “family”, or “brothers and sisters in Christ”? What do these mean? I don’t know about all of you, but to me family means something very specific. Family means supporting each other through difficult situations, being present at the table even when someone makes decisions I disagree with, and setting aside my pride to accept help when I need it. Sometimes family means listening to soothing Lorie Line arrangements (at least for me, since my mother is a church musician), but family also means struggling and growing together. Regardless of how we’re addressing our emails to each other during this time of challenge and change, I encourage us all to reflect on the magnitude of the emotions we feel during this time, and fully appreciate that God loves and supports us just as fiercely.
Please enjoy Lorie Line’s arrangement of “Children of the Heavenly Father”. I have included some of the hymn text below. The link to the video is HERE.
Though He giveth or He taketh
God His children ne’er forsaketh
His, the loving purpose solely
To preserve them, pure and holy
Lo, their very hairs He numbers
And no daily care encumbers
Them that share His ev’ry blessing
And His help in woes distressing


Virtual Choir Invitation!

Hello parents of Trinity and children at heart!

I would like to put together a Virtual Children’s Choir. Ross and I have recorded “This Little Light of Mine” and would love for you all to add your lovely voices! All are welcome to participate. The rehearsal video consists of Ross and I singing side by side. Please invite your children to sing along with me as directed. All gestures, dancing, jumping for joy, and expressions are welcome! As I often tell the choir, our smile is a very important part of our singing. Here are some recording tips:
1. Please record your child or children, or yourself, while playing the rehearsal video. This way we can line up their singing and dancing with the accompaniment. If you have technical concerns or questions about recording, please email me or Anita.
2. If your child has difficulty following along with the video, please feel free to sing along with them. All are welcome in the video!
3. If your child is old enough to follow the video by themselves, please have them watch the video wearing headphones or earbuds. This helps us isolate their voice from the other music.
4. Often we record multiple takes to get the best one. This is normal and expected! If 4 minutes is a long time to sit still, you can begin recording their singing at the timestamp 2:16 in the rehearsal video, when our “performance” officially begins. The link to the video to listen and to record to is HERE.
Please upload recordings to this link by 
Friday, 7/17. Again, please email me if you have any questions.