When was the last time you stood in a room with hundreds of believers to worship together? Or perhaps you’ve been weighed down by hopelessness and your spirit needs uplifting?
Whether you miss the special anointing of corporate worship, or want to experience the life-giving power that comes with our songs of praise, there’s an opportunity to be part of that.
GLORIFY: A Symphony of Song & Hope is Awaken Generation‘s (AG) live worship and album recording event, which will take place at 8pm on Thursday and Friday (August 19 and 20) at Gateway Theatre.
Held over two nights with two different set lists, the worship collective will be recording fresh prophetic songs written to lift our eyes towards our living hope. AG runs a one-year worship mentorship school as well as releases its own music.
Sharing their hearts behind GLORIFY, AG co-founders Calvin and Alarice Hong explained why they sensed the need to bring the Church together for a time like this.
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“We felt like 2021 has definitely been a crazy year — maybe even more intense than 2020. So many of us in the nation are going through challenges, whether it’s facing sickness, death or loss,” said Alarice.
“We’ve really been feeling just the weight of everything. And I think in the midst of it, the Lord is calling for his Church to arise.”
Reading from The Passion Translation, Alarice referenced a passage that brought her comfort.
“Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests, don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you.
“Instead, continue to rejoice, for you, in a measure, have shared in the sufferings of the Anointed One so that you can share in the revelation of his glory and celebrate with even greater gladness!”
Alarice pointed out how it says in 1 Peter 4:12-13 that while we share in the sufferings of Jesus, we can also share in His glory.
Even though we live in a broken world where there’s suffering, these circumstances are also invitations from the Lord to experience Him on a deeper level, she said.
“We feel the urgency of calling the Church back to a place of gazing upon His goodness and beauty.
“Songs prophesy and declare who He is. Songs speak life, and bring life and direction to the Church,” declared Alarice.
“Many of us have been confused, and it’s almost like the atmosphere has been chaotic. When we choose to just consecrate ourselves and glorify God, I believe God just puts things into perspective.”
Highlighting another portion of scripture that the Lord has been speaking to the team about, Calvin shared from Isaiah 24:14-16 (ESV).
“They lift up their voices, they sing for joy; over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west.
“Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
“From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One…”
Elaborating why reading this got him really excited, Calvin said that in the first 13 verses preceding this passage, Isaiah talks about a sobering time when judgment would come upon the whole earth.
And yet, from verse 14, the prophet “saw a group of people lifting up their voices and begin to worship”.
For us, this is a reminder that in the midst of our pain or even the pandemic, we can come together to give praise and glory to the Lord, said Calvin, adding that the word “glorify” resonated with them as they were praying about the live recording.
“In the scripture, it says that when we magnify the Lord, we magnify His goodness. So the question is: What are we magnifying right now?” he asked.
“If Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of our life, in these circumstances, it’s important that we choose to magnify and glorify Him.”
Keen to join the AG team to give glory to the Lord? In-person tickets can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis (350 pax each night).
Please note that under current guidelines, persons involved in live performances are allowed to sing, but singing by worshippers is not permitted. More details on the COVID-19 regulations for this event can be found on the ticketing website.
For the first time ever, AG is also livestreaming its album recording. If you would like to join them online, livestream tickets are available too.
Tickets are free or at a donation. All proceeds support the work of AG.