Snow fell across the sidewalk of the Bear Creek United Methodist Church in Woodinville on Sunday, February 25th, where local choirs warmed up for the annual Choir Festival of CLIP (Cottage Lake Interfaith Partners, formerly Northshore Interfaith Council). “This was to be the first time since 2002 that every CLIP congregation was performing, but the choir members from Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church were delayed by a Eastern Washington snowstorm and would not arrive in time,” said Claudia Bennett, CLIP member representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Festival went on with brightly clothed monks from Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery performing a Pali Chanting in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, followed by each faith sharing songs of praise. Northshore United Church of Christ performed a peppy “Yes, Lord;” Wooden Cross Lutheran Church delivered a bluesy rendition of “Amazing Grace;” the director of Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church invited the audience to sing in a call-and-response style; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sang “I Need Thee Every Hour;” and the reverence continued with a quiet and heartfelt “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” by St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church. Congregation Kol Ami brightened up the room with a light and refreshing “N’shamah T’horah,” followed by the host, Bear Creek United Methodist Church sharing a hopeful song, “If You Search With All Your Heart.” The most powerful moment of the night came when all 107 choir members joined in unison, singing “One Song.”
Everyone shared smiles and hugs as they exited the chapel to enjoy a reception before wandering outside onto the snowy sidewalk, carrying the warmth of the festival into the night.