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Riley Dodd, Lucy Ramirez and Aurora Berryman practice an a cappella version of Elevation Worship's "O Come to the Altar" before performing at the North Texas Leadership Training for Christ at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
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Voices only: ‘O Come to the Altar,’ straight from a staircase at Leadership Training for Christ


Dallas — Welcome to Voices only, our weekly roundup of the best a cappella we can find.

I’m at the Hilton Anatole for the annual North Texas Leadership Training for Christ convention. Each year on Easter weekend, thousands of youths from Churches of Christ gather here and at sites across the country to read scripture (out loud and in sign language), perform skits and puppet plays and sing praises to our Savior. Some of us do LTC, and many others gather for the annual Lads to Leaders conventions.

One of my favorite parts of the experience is walking around the hotel and hearing the various groups practice singing. While on my way to watch my daughter give I speech, I heard three amazing voices coming from beneath a staircase in the atrium. There I found a trio of cousins practicing an a cappella rendition of Elevation Worship’s, “O Come to the Altar.” (Then they transitioned into Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love.”)

They represent three congregations. Riley Dodd, a senior, worships with the 4th & Elm Church of Christ in Sweetwater, Texas. Eighth grader Lucy Ramirez is with the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, Texas. And Aurora Berryman is a member of the Granbury Church of Christ in Texas.

Watching and coaching are proud moms Jennie Dodd and Katie Ramirez.

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