Be Joyful! -- Dr. Stanley Roberts
This weekend marks something of a tradition for many people--the jubilate! Youth Choir Retreat. The reference to jubilate! is a familiar term for some and will be one with a clear definition and purpose. Or it may be one of those words that is familiar (like most technological terms for me) yet leaves some wondering what it is, where it came from, or what difference that it makes.
For starters, jubilate! (pronounced yoo-bee-lah-teh) is a Latin word that is translated “be joyful”. It is a term I used in January1994 to designate a youth choir retreat that I organized with some other minister of music friends. The initial purpose of the retreat was to provide our kids the opportunity to sing in a mass choir setting. The weekend was so successful that it was repeated the following year and jubilate! became a word that was as familiar to First Baptist ears as were “Ridgecrest” and “Sunbeams” to previous generations.
Now, 19 years later, the tradition still continues. That first year, there were 86 kids and chaperones that met in the north Georgia mountains. Since that time, we have averaged over 160 people at each retreat. In 1997, we were invited to sing for the National Assembly of the CBF in Louisville, KY and we put together a “tour” to get us there and back. This resulted in another annual event—the jubilate! Summer Tour.
This weekend we will again meet in Atlanta, rehearse and sing for morning worship at Avondale Estates, then drive to Aiken, SC for an evening concert. This summer, the tour will pass through Macon and sing at the Top of Poplar. Pray for a joyful and safe time this weekend and come hear us in June!