By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
The beautiful thing about the Christmas season? It’s not about receiving but the powerful gift of giving.
The holiday season reminds us to recognize all that we have and all that we can offer. The Grand Canyon University Acapella Club used their talents and the gift of music to give back to the residents at the Brookdale Christown Assisted Living Facility in Phoenix with a free holiday mini-concert.
“When heading out into the community, Club Acapella always wants to bring joy and service to those involved,” said Acapella Club Vice President Sedona Tracey. “Given that Christmas is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate this time than caroling for those who helped raise previous generations of families?”
During their visit, Acapella Club performed a variety of spiritual classics such as: Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Angels We Have Heard on High, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The club also performed favorite modern classics Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad and Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.
One of the GCU Acapella Club’s groups, the Tone Commandments, the club’s worship group, performed an uplifting rendition of Gloria, where residents clapped and danced along to.
“We want to embody GCU’s values wherever our club takes us,” added Tracey. “We believe that caroling to honor our Lord and spread His message of love is the best way for our club to embody these values during this season.”
It’s not just about singing carols, though. It’s about what it does to those who hear it.
“My absolute favorite part of caroling is having the honor of shaking the hands of all of our audience members at the end of our performance,” said Tracey. “Seeing the beaming smiles, pressing our hands together, and hearing the appreciation of our music all leave a lasting impact on my heart that I will cherish forever.”
The gift of music is one thing, but to be inspired by a leader to share that gift is in its own joyous category.
“Additionally, I must send my sincere thanks to our phenomenal head coach Philip Carr,” said Tracey. “Carr is a man with a true heart of gold who embodies the principles and values of this season year-round. Thank you, Coach Carr!”
As we continue into this Christmas season, let us not forget the most special and important gift of all: the gift of giving.
“Watching our entire club come together to serve others in this holiday season brings unfettered joy to my soul,” Tracey said. “It is a pleasure that I hope GCU will continue to partake in each year.”
Do you have the gift of song? Want to share that gift with others? Contact Head Coach Philip Carr today!