A to Z Blog Challenge: A is for April Anthem
Writing challenges abound on Internet. Some of them make me chuckle; some I join. The Blogging from A to Z Challenge, April 2012, is right up my alley: I know my alphabet!
This challenge, the design of mastermind Arlee Bird (http://tossingitout.blogspot.com) asks writers to post on our blogs almost daily during April, taking only three Sundays off. That’s twenty-six days/posts, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some of the bloggers have themes like
- A-Z Memories ( http://myviewthroughkateyes.blogspot.com/ )
- Legacy ( http://zoanna.blogspot.com )
- Memorable Characters from Children’s and YA Literature ( http://melissaddean.com)
- Goldilocks Zone (Stephen Tremp at http://breakthroughblogs.blogspot.com)
- Word-A-Day and Bloggers Who Fit That Word ( http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com)
These all sound like fun. I’ll watch the progress of these bloggers from my ringside seat. Maybe I’ll have some popcorn and Diet Coke while I read their posts.
The organizers of the A-Z Challenge thought they might get 1000 bloggers; at this point, 1762 bloggers have signed up with another day open for joining. Amazing. (I am number 1596!)
Ah, but the pressure is on. Will my blog posts have a theme? Will they be random? If I start out random, will a theme emerge? Will I blog for 26 days? Will my perfectionist tendencies bog me down? Will they laugh at me when I blog?
We’ll see. Here’s my first entry.
A is for April Anthem
April 1, 2012 is Palm Sunday in the Christian tradition, so I attended my church in Margate-by-the-Sea, NJ, where I am a member of
a world-famous the choir composed of talented singers. While we do have a few professional-sounding voices in the choir, the rest of us sound more like, well, I’m at a loss for words…. Oh well, we do try our best. You have to give us credit for that. And once every three of four years or so, maybe five, the church membership actually breaks down and claps for an unusually good performance. They have learned not to over-encourage us; after all, we might just want to sing two or three anthems on Sundays instead of our usual one. Then church time would extend over the precise one-hour time allotment, and the local restaurants would have to wait longer for our lunch-time arrival. Not a good idea.
At any rate, this morning, in good Palm Sunday manner, the MCC choir walked down the center church aisle in our salsa-red robes and salsa-red and white cowls with our fat music binders, palm fronds waving–a sight to see, believe me.
At the appointed time we sang “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty,” an anthem describing the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We actually did a decent job of it. No standing ovations, but whatever, and I won’t post the YouTube video of our performance. Sorry.
Ah, but next week, Easter Sunday, we will definitely sing two anthems, and church services may just last a few minutes more than the prescribed one hour. Our second anthem will be the “Hallujah Chorus.” Now that should get the membership off their feet!
Seriously, though, today begins Holy Week, the most important week of the year for Christians. We celebrate the life of Christ and remember the sacrifice He made for us. This sacrifice underscores our beliefs, actions, habits, attitudes, values, and our lives.