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One Voice to express their faith

Music: Local worship leaders plan collaborative free concert at Grace Baptist 6-8 p.m. Sunday

Posted: July 30, 2011 1:54 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:54 a.m.

Lyrics to the song “How Great is Our God” are projected on a screen as Aaron Koester on acoustic guitar with One Voice.

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Sunday night, eight churches will come together to put on a groundbreaking collaborative event. Ten worship leaders from varying churches across the Santa Clarita Valley have come together to create a night of music and celebration in an effort to bring together the churches of the valley.

The concert event, named One Voice, will be held at Grace Baptist Church’s worship center from 6-8 p.m. Sunday. The concert is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

One body, one voice
Roughly six weeks ago, Liz Bonaventura and Aaron Koester of Valencia Hills Community Church came up with the idea to host a concert that would bring many of the churches within this valley together in a collaborative worship setting.

“I love the Lord and bringing people together,” Bonaventura said.

The two quickly enlisted the help of many churches and worship leaders across the valley. Grace Baptist came on board with the use of its worship center, and Ryan Knight and Jeremy Kunkle also joined the concert effort.

“We can come together and celebrate God as one body and as one voice,” Koester said.

Starting a band
With the help of Crossroads Community Church, Church of the Canyons, Cornerstone Church, The Bridge Bible Fellowship, Higher Vision Church and Faith Community Church, a band was quickly formed to lead this night of worship.

The band includes acoustic, electric and bass guitars, keyboards, drums and a full range of vocals.

Knight of Grace Baptist believes it will be a powerful experience as the concert ties Scripture with music.

“We’re excited for people to come worship and experience unity,” Knight said. “We are here as one church of believers enjoying different styles of worship merging together.”

Unity and celebration
Jeff Vincent of Higher Vision Church is excited to “model unity” with other worship leaders of the valley. The concert will provide a unique and collaborative worship experience for the audience.

“My truest desire is that this starts a movement in the valley,” Bonaventura said, “that we can celebrate each other and our churches.”

The goal of the concert is to make this the first of many One Voice concerts. The team hopes to hold two concerts a year, and involve more churches in the future.

“We want everyone to be a part of One Voice,” Bonaventura said. “We want a representation of all the churches of the valley.”

The worship team encourages everyone to come and experience the unity through music, even if their church isn’t currently represented by the concert. Representatives from each church will take turns leading songs throughout the night.

“We want people to worship God with reckless abandon,” Vincent said. “Encounter God mightily in a way they have never encountered him. We all serve the same God.”


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