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Night of Music Caps Global Week of Worship

By Rachel Judy | November 14, 2011

L-R: Dr. Antipas Harris, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, and David M. Edwards
Photo by Daniel McCullum

At midnight on Friday, Nov. 11, a large group of Regent University students gathered in the Main Theater to kick off 24 hours of worship in honor of the Global Day of Worship.

Organized by Regent alumna Eunice Barruel '00 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship), the Global Day of Worship was set aside for a unified, global worship movement.

The night began with Regent's own praise team who led the group for the first three hours of the event. As the day continued, praise teams from local churches took to the stage for 30-minute segments.

All of the local musicians were preparing the stage for the 7 p.m. hour when several worship and recording artists joined the crowd for a live global broadcast.

While students, faculty, staff and members of the local community were in and out all day, the crowd swelled to almost 700 for the evening portion of the event.

Nine-time Grammy-award-winning recording artist Andrae Crouch was joined by David M. Edwards, Phil Sillas and Mark Gutierrez, recording artists with Maranatha! Music/EMI; Aaron Keyes, Adlan Cruz, Katie Gustafson and John Hartley, Kingsway UK recording artists; Le' Andria Johnson, with Music World Gospel Records; MANIFEST, of Manifest Music; and Shelly E. Johnson and Craig Adams, with LifeWay Worship.

"How cool would it be to have one day where we got together and we didn't ask him for anything, but we just loved on him?" said Edwards, describing the motivation behind the day. "That in itself is a beautiful concept."

Edwards also serves as the creative director for Regent's International Center for Worship. Cruz is an artist in residence with the center. During the evening, Crouch was named an "Honorary Artist-in-Residence" in Regent's International Center for Worship.

The other artists who led worship during the evening also stressed the importance of the day. "Nothing is a greater unifier than music," said Sillas, who co-wrote the day's theme song "Rising Up to Heaven" with Edwards.

Gutierrez agreed. "Especially for young people in their 20s when we're trying to find our way, when we're trying to find our calling, our purpose & a lot of times we do go our own way," he explained. "In reality as Christians, as people of God, we really need to know 'What is God calling me to do? What is my purpose for the kingdom of God?'"

For Cruz, the opportunity to build a relationship with God through music is a crucial part of the Christian faith. "I believe that when we have that intimacy with the Lord, everything else is going to come into place and in order," he explained.

Keyes admits that it's often a struggle to stand before God without making requests or without being distracted by other things. "We're just like 140 characters, here, there, email, text, no one really just sits in his presence," he observed. "But if we'll do that, if we'll dwell in the shelter of the Lord Most High, I think we'll see all kinds of stuff start to happen in our lives."

The Global Day of Worship concluded Regent's Global Week of Worship. Each day of the week was set aside for reflection, consecration, prayer and service.

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