Comets Display Purpose at Corn Palace and Platte Concert

“What’s your favorite Bible verse?” The bus was quiet as Alisa Amundson pondered the question. Alisa had just recounted her Hillcrest band tour experience decades before. Now as a mom those memories of seeing the Rocky Mountains on a Hillcrest tour are passed to her son, Dylan, a Senior on the choir tour. The bus shenanigans died down for the bus interview conducted by Missi Isaac, and with Alisa on the hot seat students quietly listened to confident answers from their least familiar chaperon.

“Romans 15:13,” Alisa answered. The laughter from her previous response was a soft echo now. She told the bus that her son Dylan is her favorite, which many who know Dylan contested. However, in the seriousness of the forthright answer about her favorite verse students found a chaperon they can relate to. “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Spirit.”

The verse was a bold backdrop for the students as they stood in a large hall at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. Students stood together in a long line. Many nervous as director Lynette Tonneson stood before the group of students. She smiled widely. The students reciprocated. With the wave of her hands the students started in on their rehearsed song, a message of hope, given by the Spirit of God, that they boldly sang for all in earshot of the make-shift-concert-hall at the Corn Palace.

There were many photo opportunities for students at the iconic stop. As students filed back into the bus there was a new sense about the choir. They heard an uplifting message from their chaperon. They conquered some fears of singing in public. They had grown together in sharing the Gospel through song in a public place. Memories like these will continue to build as the choir makes their way west with their furthest stopping point being Fullerton, California.

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