COLUMBIA — The Baptist Student Union at MU resonated with songs of praise on Friday night.
With the theme of “unity in faith,” several MU Christian campus ministries came together to worship and pray as part of an event called “Glimpse of Eternity III.”
“The main idea of tonight is to promote unity and love,” said Tae Cho, one of the organizers of the event. “The whole idea of the night is to get everyone together ... different denominations, different campus ministries. That’s, in essence, a unified body.”
With music, dance and acting as interpretations of worship, the diverse groups of Christian ministries paid homage to God, asking for love, unity and guidance.
“We want to welcome everybody with open arms,” Cho said.
Worship bands from Chi Alpha and The Rock, along with the acting troupe Divine Design and the dancing group His Life, all took the stage at the Baptist Student Union throughout the evening, as student emcees Alan Thompson and James Parham led the diverse group of roughly 200 students in prayer.
“God, we just love you and praise you,” Thompson said. “Let it be a joyful noise on your ears tonight. It’s in your name we pray, amen.”
Hands waved, eyes closed and heads bowed as prayer and song overwhelmed students in the small auditorium.
Guest speaker, the Rev. John Drage of The Rock, spoke to the crowd, urging them to step out of their “comfort zone,” the place where they feel safe, in control and self-confident, and into the “stretch zone,” the God-reliant and God-dependent zone where risk and the potential for failure is inevitable.
“The most important thing in any of our lives is to have faith,” Drage said as he manipulated a rubber band between his hands to symbolize the spiritual stretching. “Faith doesn’t get strong, anymore ... significant, or any bolder unless it gets stretched.”
Amens echoed throughout the room, and Drage counseled students to engage in faith exercises: reading the Scripture, holding on to hope and suffering, submitting and humbling yourself, loving and forgiving each other and casting all worries on God.
“We have a cooperative heart towards each other: we cooperate, we look out for each other,” Drage said. “Isn’t it about time that we just love each other?”
Taking the stage, The Legion of Black Collegians gospel choir raised praise to its peak, rocking the small crowd. Singing “He Reigns,” the choir’s rich voices brought students to their feet.
“Let’s lift up the name of the Lord together in unity!” choir member Terence Williams said.
As the night of worship and faith came to an end, laughter rang out amongst the crowd.
“All good things come to an end,” emcee Thompson said.
“Not in heaven!” a voice called back.