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Students hold special worship and prayer convocation

April 20, 2009 : Dominique McKay

Sounds of Liberty
Center for Worship House Band

As the last full week of classes began at Liberty University Monday, students prepared their hearts and minds at a special worship and prayer convocation.

Liberty’s Campus Praise Band set the mood for the service as they performed with a combined choir that included choral groups from LU’s Center for Worship, the Department of Ministry Teams, LU Praise members, student members of the Thomas Road Baptist Choir, and the University Chorale, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Students joined in the worship, singing “Makes Us One” and “In Christ Alone.”

"It was a joint effort of hundreds of the musicians on campus this morning. Praise the Lord!" said David McKinney, campus worship pastor.

Sounds of Liberty, one of Liberty’s traveling ministry teams, performed “Lord, You’re Holy.” Sounds of Liberty is made up of six vocalists, a five-piece band and an audio technician. The team performs nearly 100 concerts year and has ministered in some of the largest churches and organizational events in the country.

Dr. Joe Crider, professor of worship and music at the Center for Worship and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke to students about what it means to engage in true worship.

“Worshiping [Christ] is an intentional decision — a choice every single one of us face every single moment of every day,” he said. “Worship is a response to a relationship that we don’t deserve.”

Dr. Joe Crider

Crider joined the Liberty faculty in fall 2007 after spending nearly 14 years as the worship pastor of Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri.

High in the bleachers behind the main stage, Liberty’s Worship Orchestra then performed “Made Me Glad,” “Sweeter” and “All Hail the Power,” along with the Center for Worship House Band.

The Campus Praise Band closed the convocation with “When I Speak Your Name,” “Revelation Song” and “You Saved Me.”



Liberty University offers many opportunities for meaningful music, praise and worship, helping students grow closer to the Lord through many areas of Faith and Service.


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