Lisa Lynne Mathis sings at Riverside Church in New York City and is the music director of Presence, a contemporary worship service in White Plains, New York. Her latest CD is Hancock Place (Garagista Music).
The singer stood absolutely still. With open-hearted simplicity she crafted each phrase as if she were proclaiming an essential, God-given message. She did not perform the song but gave it as an offering, a gift, an extension of her innermost thoughts. Several worshipers nodded their heads yes with their eyes closed. Others were bent over in prayer; a few were rocking to the music. There was no sound but the singer's voice, yet an eclectic, diverse bunch of people had become one in the Spirit.