#ORYA NOW Night of Worship
By Dick Duerksen
“150 chairs should be enough. No problem.”
“Better get some more chairs. These are filling up quickly.”
Elder Benjamin Lundquist, director of Young Adult Ministries for the Oregon Conference, was concerned. Everything had to be just right for the February 17 #ORYA NOW Night of Worship.
The YA team had brought in the very best band and singers. Pastor Jackie James was stalking the halls reviewing his sermon. The hospitality volunteers were putting the final touches on the evening’s snacks. And, most importantly, several young adults were deep in prayer – asking God to send the right people to the event. One young adult went out on a limb and invited two Buddhist friends, not only did they come, but they are coming back for the next worship night.
“We need more chairs,” one of the hostesses told the guys.
The chairs were placed and quickly filled by young adults from throughout Oregon and Washington. Some even came from Arizona and Idaho. All came eager for an evening of worship and restoration.
I stood in the back, holding a couple cameras and telephoto lenses. It was a tough assignment: take good photos of those guiding the program and those reveling in the experience, all in a darkened room while the lighting shifts from green to blue and to red.
The music was at the top of the spiritual worship chart, and Stephanie Cruz, who serves as a soloist for Hillsong Church in Arizona, led everyone to the foot of God’s throne and then turned the platform over to Pastor Jackie James, new family pastor at Meadow Glade. His message, brief and powerful, left no questions about how God feels about you. “You are Loved!”
Ben Lacy, praise leader for the evening said, “This is what it is all about, uplifting the name of Jesus, and watching Him share love and hope with our generation.,
“Miracles happen through prayer,” says Pastor Ben, “so NOW will always have prayer at its core. Those prayers will assure that everything we do here is in tune with the desires of God.”
NOW was an evening with God. The Bible was foremost. Hearts filled, tears flowed, prayers raised, and commitments to The Savior strengthened throughout the evening.
The NOW night of Worship started at 7:00 pm, and the lobby was filled with happy conversation till after 11:00 pm. The next NOW is scheduled for Friday night, May 5 at 8:07 pm.