Hands are raised in prayer. (Courtesy of Calvary Chapel)
An Easter ceremony took place in the gymnasium, holding over 1200 people at Saddleback College for the very first time. It was held for three days from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
This event was hosted by local church, San Juan Capistrano Calvary Chapel, who is led by paster John Randall.
Musical guests included the Scott Cunningham Band, Brenden McPeek and the Soul Reformation, Brenton Brown and special guest Ryan Reis, who started the whosoever movement.
Scott Cunningham writes songs with his two daughters and have been included on the new CD called “Come Away.”
“I feel that this album has a message to remember to be still and listen… to come away, rest your soul and be with the creator,” Cunningham said.
McPeek and the Soul Reformation said they grew up listening to old soul and funk music and created their sound based on those genres. They desire to bring the message of the gospel to the public in a new way.
“There is coming a time where we will be gone,” McPeek said before he sang one of his most popular songs titled with the same statement. “I just want to make sure I am doing the Lord’s work.”
Brenten Brown, born and raised in South Africa, has written so many of the songs that are currently used in the Calvary churches, during a time that is dedicated for worship today. He sang on Easter Sunday.
Reis spoke on helping people with addiction, with motivational scripture words and his own personal testimony.
There was a room in the back set up for overflow that was completely filled.
“We were looking for a place big enough to hold our services indoors, and Saddleback College was available. The challenge was to do something different that we have not done before.”
Randall explained the excitement he felt being on campus. He hoped many Lariat readers were able to attend.
“I think it makes a statement that the church doesn’t just want to be behind closed doors, but has a desire to be visible in the community.” Randall said.
The church will continue to meet across from the San Juan Capistrano Mission, but will look for venues like Saddleback College for bigger concert events.
“I am encouraged by seeing other believers of Jesus on campus, shining his light,” Aria Arthur said.
She attends the church, as well as “The Student Christian Club” on the Saddleback college campus.
Many sing praises while Brenton Brown sings on Easter or Resurrection day (Courtesy of Elizabeth Ortiz)