Friday, March 07, 2008

Musical Celebration Seeks to Set the Record Straight About Palm Sunday

Rev. Angela Lee Price

As Christians prepare to observe the death, burial, and ressurection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this month, organizers of a Palm Sunday musical celebration entitled He Is Exhalted, set for March 16th at St. Stephen Church, plan to set the record straight on the difference between Palm Sunday and Good Friday, two key biblical events that preceded Jesus' ascension on Resurrection Sunday.

Palm Sunday is often misunderstood states CJ Akins, "God gave me the vision to do this Palm Sunday concert because a lot of people don't really understand what Palm Sunday was about. A lot of people confuse Palm Sunday with Good Friday, therefore you have church choirs singing songs like He Decided To Die on Palm Sunday, and Jesus did not die until Good Friday. Palm Sunday was truly a praise celebration! So God gave me this vision to have a praise celebration just like the people did in the Bible. This concert will be a true worship experience. All songs are songs of praise & adoration."

He Is Exhalted will feature St. Stephen Church praise and worship team, From the Heart (Above from left to right: Johnette Barton, Lorrie Clark, Erica Taylor, Tracy Harper, Zelda Jones, CJ Akins, Laurie Brown, Jerold Borden, and Stacy Horton, and not pictured, Beverly Frye & Rev. Diane Lewis-Brown), and special guest, Minister Corey Prather of Chattanooga, TN.

CJ Akins is the leader of From the Heart, a praise team that sings primarily at the St. Stephen Indiana location. "We've been together since October 2006. We sing every 3rd Wednesday at the St. Stephen Prayer and Retreat Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and on the 5th weekends in Louisville and in Indiana. God has truly blessed our ministry to be able to sing throughout the Central Kentucky area," states Akins.

Referred to as a "baby Marvin Sapp," Minister Corey Prather is the Praise and Worship Leader for Overcoming Faith Christian Center in Athens, TN. He leads a group called High Praiz, also from Chattanooga. "He is truly an anointed man of God!," Akin states.

He Is Exhalted is Sunday, March 16th, 5:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street. It is free and open to the public.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

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