In West Tisbury

A belated report . . .

On August 18, the Spirituals Choir sang at West Tisbury’s First Congregational Church. The theme of the service, led by the Rev. Cathlin Baker, was “water,” that essential source of physical and spiritual sustenance. Our contributions included “Wade in the Water” — which director Jim Thomas explained is not about baptism, although that’s when many churches sing it. With the congregation we sang “Down by the Riverside,” “I’ve Got Peace like a River,” and “I Shall Not Be Moved.” Water figures prominently in all of them.

Wearing a rainbow of colors, the Spirituals Choir sings in West Tisbury. That's Jim on the left. In bright yellow toward the left end of the choir is soloist Elizabeth Lyra Ross.

Wearing a rainbow of colors, the Spirituals Choir sings in West Tisbury. That’s Jim on the left. In bright yellow toward the left end of the choir is soloist Elizabeth Lyra Ross. Photo by Lynn Christoffers.

We were joined for this performance by soloist Elizabeth Lyra Ross. Wow! Backing her up on “Ride On, King Jesus” was a thrill, and her “Steal Away to Jesus” filled the church with passionate sound. She had her CDs for sale after the service, and quite a few of us jumped at the opportunity to bring her voice home with us.

The end of the choir’s 2013 season is fast approaching. We’ll be singing at the potluck memorial celebration for our beloved colleague Bob Lee on Saturday, September 7, 1 p.m. at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. And the following afternoon we’ll be at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, participating in a benefit for Windemere nursing home. Hope to see some of you there.

2013 WT church program

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