As every day passes, one can feel the almost palpable momentum as more people find the Hospitality Room on the third floor of the Marriott Courtyard, more people wear pink, and more people show up to events and hymn sings.
The space in front of the doors of the adult worship room is hardly a hundred feet deep — perfect for repurposing as a place for some good hymn singing. Pink Mennos congregated in dozens today, joined by bystanders, allies in tamer colors, and those who just wanted to sing who filled the space and were impossible to miss by those entering.
The hymn sing included classic worship hymns like “It is Well With My Soul,” resounding anthems like “We Will Not Be Silent,” and concluded with the plea, “Rain Down”. The voices of those that were singing carried well into the packed auditorium where many people were awaiting “Adult Worship,” seemingly ambivalent to the fact that many adults were indeed already worshipping in the adjacent space.
The number of smiling faces and those singing in joyous celebration was one of the highest so far — hymn singing is a contagion it seems Mennonites just can’t stay away from.