voices of hope

Calling Young Voices: Voices of Hope Registration Now Open!

  We are incredibly blessed by the musical talent we have here at Shepherd’s Grove and Hour of Power, but did you know that some of our most talented voices are as young as five years old? The voices in our Voices of Hope Children’s Choir range from kindergarten through twelfth grade and they create beautiful melodies that move and inspire our congregation — and beyond! It is always a treat to hear Voices of Hope sing a song or two on Sundays at Shepherd’s Grove, and they have become a staple at our events like O Holy Night and Easter. They also star in their own concerts and performances. Sarah Grandpre, Voices of Hope Director, hopes that this choir will “awaken a love of music in our youngest generations.” With their weekly rehearsals, the kids will strengthen their voices, learn how to work together in musical collaboration, learn how

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About the Music: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

We are so blessed by our Voices of Hope Children’s Choir! Here they are performing their rendition of “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” accompanied by the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra. This beautiful anthem was developed in 1955, with the words written by Jill Jackson and the melody by her husband, Sy Miller. Jill, after having experienced a sharp dip in her depression which led to her attempted — and failed — suicide, her heart then opened wide and willing to God’s unconditional love. She discovered from that moment on that she has a purpose, and her life and talent for music were valuable. A decade later, Sy and Jill went to a California retreat in the mountains where they met an array of young people with various socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. This week-long retreat was dedicated to exploring friendship through education and conversation. Introducing their song

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Holy Week at Shepherd’s Grove

At Shepherd’s Grove, we were blessed with an outstanding Holy Week this Easter thanks to the tireless work of our staff and congregation. Beginning on Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Sunday, the time was filled with anticipation and excitement, to reflect upon the most important week of the year. The celebration began when our own Voices of Hope Children’s Choir graced the stage on Palm Sunday, waving palm branches over the procession, followed by a dynamic flow of vocal arrangements. Added to our already robust musical offerings was the powerful sound of bagpipes. What an amazing gift! Good Friday at Shepherd’s Grove was interwoven with moving words of Scripture during our Modern service, followed by the gift of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Hour of Power Choir and conducted by our very own Don Neuen. Both services were well attended by our congregants and supporters of Don’s recent retirement.

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