A medley of songs related to the name of Jesus, performed by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
This piece is available for purchase in high fidelity on the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers’ album “Go Song of Mine”:
Melissa Dunphy’s new composition “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” was selected as the winning work for the 2010 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Composition Competition. The Philadelphia-based composer’s choral work sets excerpts of public testimony given by a WWII veteran before the Maine Senate in a hearing to discuss the Marriage Equality Bill.
“What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” was performed on May 29, 2010, at Grace and Holy Trinity in Kansas City, MO and First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, KS. This video is taken from initial footage of the recording session on May 30, 2010, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, KS.
The piece was selected from a pool of over 100 submissions, from over 70 composers, hailing from 10 different countries. In choosing the work from a narrowed-down, committee-selected pool of nine finalists, music director and conductor Simon Carrington gave his reasoning behind selecting Dunphy’s work as the winner. “There were plenty of excellent pieces in the sweet-sounding modern idiom which SCCS would make very beautiful, but the strongest (and most individual) piece was Melissa Dunphy’s What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? — a bold and highly effective setting of a thought-provoking text.”
PHILLIP SPOONER’S TESTIMONY (excerpted) and TEXT FOR WHAT DO YOU THINK I FOUGHT FOR AT OMAHA BEACH?
Good morning, committee. My name is Phillip Spooner and I live at 5 Graham Street in Biddeford. I am 86 years old and a lifetime Republican and an active VFW chaplain … I was born on a potato farm north of Caribou and Perham, where I was raised to believe that all men are created equal, and I’ve never forgotten that.
I served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945 … I worked with every outfit over there, including Patton’s Third Army. I saw action in all five major battles in Europe… I was in the liberation of Paris.
(I have seen much, so much blood and guts, so much suffering, much sacrifice.)
I am here today because of a conversation I had last June when I was voting. A woman … asked me, “Do you believe in equality for gay and lesbian people?” I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me. Finally I asked her, “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?”
For freedom and equality. These are the values that make America a great nation, one worth dying for.
My wife and I did not raise four sons with the idea that our gay son would be left out. We raised them all to be hard-working, proud, and loyal Americans and they all did good.
A YouTube clip of Spooner’s testimony can be found at
This is a place where we LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE. If you are ever in the Phoenix area be sure to join us for worship! Sunday Morning Worship at begins at 11am.
ADDRESS: 813 West Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ. 85007
Pastor Jack Spencer Jr. & First Lady Tenile Spencer
Temple of Praise Assembly, Indianapolis, IN
Singing Hymn in Yup’ik
Sunday morning worship service at Grace Temple Church Little Rock, AR with Bishop Steven M. Arnold
One of the four, 2009 “How Sweet the Sound” Small Choir division runner ups. This is video of first rehersal with soloists Charlotte Beedle-Collins(myself, 1st soloist) and Chandra McGhee (2nd soloist) in preparation of their performance at the Phillips Arena Oct 2009.
Most people that were in attendance felt that the night of the competition Springfield Missionary Baptist Church should have won the small choir division. There were only two choirs that night with standing ovations in Phillips Arena. This choir got the first standing ovation and the winner of the large choir division night was the second! The large choir winner also took the 2009 finale in Detroit.
The judges comments would tell the story as well…
In 2008, all runner-ups were posted on website to see in 2009, before upcoming competition. It didn’t happen this year 2010, so you would have to see the full competition DVD to know for yourself.
Our prayers were that the Spirit of the Living God would pierce the hearts of those in attendance. We know that is what happened and rejoice that He is the true rewarder for what we do.
Contact any of the runner ups for your copy of that precious night of worship. It was awesome! Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. does them available.
I grew up in Springfield Missionary Baptist Church(Scotts’ Crossing) and know the history of worship that has been a long standing legacy & a rich inheritance for my life. Being motherless at twelve & raised by my father, the late Willie R. Beedle, Sr. originally from Carrollton, Ga. I found my peace in worship and support in the mothers of the church. My father was a prayer warrior and a man found literally on his knees so many countless nights, interceding for his family, church family and community. He led by example, leading in prayer & hymns and opening the doors of the church for decades. The anointing that was passed on, rests on us his children still abides today. And the latter is going to be greater than the past.
I honestly didn’t want to enter into this competition but I know that God has a way of taking us into territories unknown to us for His glory. I am glad His approval was there by His prescence. And “It is Well, with My Soul…”
Rising Star Baptist Church
2800 E 36th St
“A Church Where Everyone is Welcome!!”
The Fresno Pacific University Concert Choir inaugurates the season of Advent at Lemoore Presbyterian Church, 2017.
EASTER DRAMA MUSIC–4/4/2015
Church of God Tampa / Iglesia de Dios Tampa
5710 N. Nebraska ave.
Please watch: “The Need For Certain Deaths”
Toledo Youth Choir. Rehearsal every Tuesday at 6 o’clock at st. Mark’s Baptist Church in Toledo Ohio. Open to all youth.