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Triumphant Quartet was the first artist on the line up for Saturday evening.  They opened with the up-beat number Saved By Grace, and on the last chorus, everybody was on their feet in ovation.  (You could tell they were a well-loved group!)  Scott Inman was featured on the title song of TQ’s current CD, Love Came Calling.  Then, with just the piano for accompaniment, they performed the all time favorite Don’t Let The Sandal’s Fool Ya’.  Look For Me For I Will Be There Too followed.  Then Eric Bennett introduced everyone.  He told how Clayton just had a hip replacement in December, but is doing real well now…as we all could see, back on the road and singing!  (Though he did have the help of a cane.)  The happy tune of He Forgave Me, Saved Me, Raised Me was next, and everyone chuckled at the faces David made on his parts in the chorus!  Jeff and David did a piano harmonica duet playing Goodbye World, Goodbye together.  The audience ate it up and gave them a standing ovation!  After the hearty applause, Eric came up and said teasingly, “Folks, we come out and sing our hearts out and you just sit there…”  Then quickly added as he spoke to the other guys, “No, they’re amazing, aren’t they?”  As Eric went to introduce the next song, the crowd could just anticipate what the song was going to be…and they were right!  The Old White Flag!!!  While Eric was telling the jokes about Clayton liking Bluegrass and having the “nose” in which to sing it, I scooted up to the front so I could get some pics.  I noticed a temporary open seat to sit in, and the lady right next to it allowed me to sit there for the song.  She asked me, “Hon, have you ever heard them do this one?”  I replied, “Yes.”  She dug around in her purse for a moment then pulled out a white hanky and said, “It’s a good one!”  Then much louder yelled out, “BRING IT ON BOYS!!!!!” – While waving her hanky wildly!  As you can imagine, the whole ballroom was a waving sea of white for the next five minutes!  – And Clayton, dancing with his cane, helped intensify the enthusiasm something awful!  LOL!  If you guessed by now that they received a standing ovation – you guessed right!  The guys “drug” Clayton off stage and left Jeff to entertain us.  He said, “We’ve been singing that song for four years now, and every night, he sings it like he’s never done it before!  I developed a theory,” (Jeff giggles – which makes the audience chuckle), “he doesn’t remember singing it the night before!!!”  (The crowd bursts out in laughter!)  Jeff goes over to the baby grand and sits down and plays us two amazing solos.  Both of them receive a standing ovation.  (No wonder he’s been Musician of the Year three years in a row!)  Triumphant came back on and closed their time with the classic Moving Up To Gloryland.

Ken Davis came up and kept us laughing for the next forty or so minutes.  They say a picture’s worth a thousand words ….

The Collingsworth Family followed by opening with I Shall Not Be Moved.  Kim sat down at her grand and played a

hymn for a solo.  Phil was very proud to announce that the baby grand on stage was Kim’s very own, personal piano, that they take with them every where they go.  “At home,” he said, “I have a Lazy Boy that sits right next to it!”  Next, they all gathered and sang Holy, Holy, Holy acapella.  Olivia, (their youngest daughter) was featured on a song that she and her cousins sang at their family reunion, it’s called Grandpa, Tell Me Bout The Good Old Days.  Fear Not Tomorrow and I Know followed.  Then Phil told how the girls play violin and one day discovered how to do a great arrangement with just four strings!  They played a duet of Wonderful Grace Of Jesus on the violin while Kim backed them on the piano.  It was a beautiful arrangement!  They did wonderful.  Kim played another piano solo that received a standing ovation, then she introduced their closing song which features their daughter, Courtney.  She said that when Courtney was younger she would always pull her microphone away from her mouth, and how they would always have to tell her if the people were going to hear her, she needed to hold it higher.  Then, not too long ago, she came to them and asked if she could sing a certain song, after Kim and Phil talked about it, they said yes….this song, I Want Jesus In My Life, closed their set.

Legacy Five closed the evening for us on Saturday night.  Boundless Love, the old Cat’s song, began their portion of the concert.  Then Scott Fowler began telling the story of Hanna, some of you may be familiar with.  Hanna and Patti were there that weekend and Scott brought Hanna up on stage so she could meet everyone and be introduced.  If you haven’t heard her story, you can watch and listen to it on the Saturday night video which will be posted in a few days.
As he finished the story, the music to Faithful To The Cross began playing…and boy was it powerful that night!  Everyone of the guys put there heart and soul into it, it is easily seen that it’s more than just a song to them, it’s what they do.  From there on, it seemed as if the rest of the songs they sang they sang that evening spoke of Hanna’s story.  There’s Just Something About That Name and I Will Serve Thee (because I love Thee) were those songs.  His Name Is Wonderful followed, and Scott took his Bible and turned to the account of the resurrection in Luke saying, “Lest there is any doubt of who Jesus was, His resurrection proves He is who He said He was!”  Scott went on to explain that many people stop at the Resurrection, but there is so much more to the story!  The next song certainly captures the hope that we have to look forward to!  Glenn took the lead on the powerful verses of We Shall See Jesus – and when the last chorus came to a close, the whole audience was on their feet.  If you can imagine, from the moment Scott introduced Hanna and began sharing her story of faith, until the closing song – We Shall See Jesus – the air was so heavy in the room and the audience hung on every word spoken and sung.  Legacy Five had the audience so intent on what was being said that you could hear a pin drop ~ and for a room of 1500, that’s something.  Not only did they hold the attention of the audience, but I dare say that they captured the hearts of those in attendance that evening with their passionate conviction and tender hearts for things of the Lord.

It certainly was an evening to be remembered.  The testimony of how the Lord brought Patti and Hanna to where they are today is, as Fowler says, “Only something God can do – beyond explanation.”  The artists were great also, and the music they performed only enhanced and added meaning to Hanna’s story.
Let us all be in prayer for Hanna and Patti as they grow in their new found faith and face the challenges each new day brings.  May we all be as bold and convicted about our faith as Hanna has demonstrated.  Let us all remain faithful to the cross!

Author: Lynn

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