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07-08-2023 – Saturday Evening Sing-Along

On the last Saturday evening of camp meeting, the campground front lawn was full of blankets and chairs as people prepared to sit and enjoy the annual sing-along. Throughout the evening, kids (and some adults), snacked on cotton candy and sweet drinks, and chatted with friends between songs.

Matt Hansen kicked off the program, leading the audience in a series of Sunday school songs, accompanied by an assortment of guitars, ukuleles, and a stand-up bass. The singing began with “Stand Up and Shout It” and “I’m All Wrapped Up,” both requiring some physical activity. Everyone also sang a round of “Heaven Is a Wonderful Place” and ended with “Say to the Lord, I Love You.”

Next, Gary Riler introduced a men’s group from Canada and the UK who sang “Just a Little Talk with Jesus,” featuring a very enthusiastic bass line sung by Lanre Idu from London, England. He also introduced the audience to a new song with the refrain, “The Lord is my portion in the land of the living, the Lord is good forever more.”

The heavily anticipated quilt drawing was held next, with two winners taking home quilts made by Wendy Chasteen. More names were drawn, with winners choosing vintage quilts. The packing challenge for those flying home was surely well-worth such classic camp meeting treasures!

In keeping with sing-along tradition, Darrel Lee lit torches for each country represented at this year’s camp meeting. As each country was named, visitors from that location stood and were applauded. Afterward, Azaria Charles led a medley of Caribbean choruses, including one that Rohan Clough had referenced during the Saturday morning ordinance service. She was joined by her sister, Kyra, teaching the audience.

Joel McCarville checked that most of the audience had, in fact, traveled east of the Mississippi River before leading a bluegrass group (pictured above) in a rendition of “Glory, Glory, Glory.” He introduced new verses which said, “When I needed Jesus, Somebody touched me,” “When I was discouraged, Somebody touched me,” and “When I needed healing, Somebody touched me,” always ending with, “Must have been the Hand of the Lord.”

The music concluded with everyone singing “Amazing Grace,” before John Baros gave a closing prayer. It was a beautiful evening with the family of God.  

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