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Bringing others to God through music

Worship Jam concert brought in Christian rock bands from around the Santa Clarita Valley and Palmdal

Posted: February 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Don Rowlett plays lead guitar during one song at the Worship Jam on Jan. 26 at the New Life Assembly of God in Canyon Country. Musicians from around the Santa Clarita Valley and Palmdale came together for a night of Christian music and fellowship for the public.

A passion for music and a desire to bring people closer to God was the inspiration for Worship Jam. The musical event was held Jan. 26 at the New Life Assembly of God in Canyon Country.

Worship Jam was the first of what creator Stanton Rutledge hopes to be an ongoing series of concerts offered every quarter to bring people closer to Christ. The free, live two-hour concert featured bands from churches around the Santa Clarita Valley and Palmdale.

Rutledge wanted to offer a concert where bands could get together, play music and celebrate, much like a rock ’n’ roll festival. The Worship Jam however would offer Christian worship music and allow attendees a chance to praise God in a setting outside of church.

“Eventually I would love to make this a two-day event,” Rutledge said. “Much like a rock fest but with worship music.”

Other bands that attended were Praise Chapel; Truth Jones, from Heart of the Canyons; and the praise band from Life Church, in Palmdale. Rutledge will continue to invite different bands to the quarterly concerts, hoping to bring together different churches throughout Santa Clarita and beyond.

Saving souls with music

Many of the band participants felt the event was not only a great way to worship and bring people closer to God but also to network with other musicians.

“I am passionate about my relationship with God,” said Jim Gustin, worship leader of Heart of the Canyons praise team Truth Jones. “With no more music in schools, church is one of the few places to learn and play. It offers a steady influence, keeping God in your life and keeps you grounded.”

Ed Winquest, a performer with more than 20 years of experience, is the leader of Praise Chapel. He said he was excited to participate in the event and to get to know people from other churches and praise teams. He said he was especially excited considering its purpose.

“We know a lot of people won’t come to a normal church service,” Winquest said. “This is a way to attract them and get them involved in church.”

He felt using music as a way to connect to other people and share his faith was a great idea; an idea that hit close to home. Winquest was 26 when he came to know Christ during a Christian concert, very similar to Worship Jam. While attending the concert, Winquest decided to stand up and dedicate his life to God.

“This is how I was saved,” he said. “The concert gave us a way to worship our savior and draw people to come to Christ.”

The second Worship Jam will be held at New Life Assembly of God on Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. with new bands and songs.

New Life Assembly of God is located at 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. For more information call 661-251-2770.


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