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Christ-Centered Worship

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Worship: wor•ship

1: to honor or show reverence for a divine being or supernatural power

2: to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion

Both expressions of worship were alive and vibrant as 2019 Council attendees came together every morning and evening for six days, raising hands, hearts, and voices to Jesus—our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.

Grace Church worship team from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, kicked off the evening service on Tuesday, May 28, bringing not only music but a powerful, no-holds-barred worship experience that carried attendees right through Saturday night. The presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable, as witnessed on the faces and postures of those in attendance—often through dancing, tears, and a ready response to every invitation to draw closer to God and submit all before Him.

Ruben Diaz, Casa de Esperanza ACM (Ponce, P.R.), engaged the audience in multilingual worship with his original Spanish piece, “Emblem.” Hearts of English- and Spanish-speakers were knit together as Ruben performed Friday evening and returned by popular demand Saturday night.

With his captivating performance of the Bible, Marquis Laughlin, founder of Acts of the Word, brought God’s Word to life, further deepening the worship experience. “I wish he would perform the entire Bible,” said one attendee. “It’s like God was using him to speak His Word directly to my heart.”

Worship was rounded out by Metropolitan District Superintendent and newly appointed Corporate Vice President Kelvin Walker, who led the morning sessions in heartfelt praise; and special performances by the Council Children’s Choir, Deltona (Fla.) Alliance Church Choir, Neighborhood Alliance Church worship team (Longwood, Fla.), and the Nyack College Chorale Ensemble who performed a power-packed original composition of  A. B. Simpson’s “Yesterday, Today, Forever” that took the audience to new heights of worship, leaving no one in their seat. 

Communion and a specially designated healing prayer time drew the Alliance family together into an even deeper engagement with Christ’s atoning sacrifice and complete authority over every aspect of life. Groups of attendees gathered around one another to pray in an expression of Christian love that transcended familiarity, culture, and language—as everyone in the room truly became one family.

“The reason we sing these songs [and engage in worship] . . . is because without tapping into the power of Jesus, we have zero chance at real mission,” proclaimed Vice President for Development Tim Meier. “If we ever lose our focus on Jesus in His fullness . . . then at the very best we will be a nice little club trying to get people and we will miss what He has for us. This is all about Jesus.”

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