Praise, worship and gospel music group ‘Call To Worship’ is staging its 11th annual music and worship event at the Harare Gardens in the capital on Saturday (November 23, 2019).
The event, which is FREE, is expected to attract thousands of people and will take place between 6pm and 8:30 pm in evening, while a youth empowerment and ‘Youth Power Praise’ event will take place earlier in the day at the same venue, between 12 noon and 3pm.
Call To Worship is an interdenominational movement that brings together several local and international gospel artistes and their bands, as well as dozens of choirs from across many Christian churches and organizations.
“This year we have a choir and band from over 60 churches,” said the co-founder of Call To Worship, Pastor Philip Pike, ahead of the event.
“The event gets bigger and bigger each year, and this year we are excited to have both local and international gospel musicians at the event, including Kurt Hardy from South Africa and our own very gifted saxophonist Joseph Chinouriri, among the several musicians and worshippers that will grace the occasion.”
Pastor Pike said they were very expectant and looking forward to “sending a roar from deep in our spirits as we worship, into the deepest places in God,” adding that in challenging times such as we are experiencing in Zimbabwe “we must reach deeper than we ever have before” in prayer and worship to God.
“We have to go places in our worship that we have never gone before. Our prayers have to be at a level unheard of. And our praise dance has to contain moves never before seen. This is the season we are in on Saturday, at the Harare Gardens, we plan to do all this and more.”
Organizers say this year they anticipate thousands of people to attend the event, including close to 200 pastors and their congregations.
“We are expecting many people to attend the event as we want to lift up the name of Jesus over our nation together and speak healing, revival and restoration which we so desperately need at this time,” an organizer said.
He reiterated that the main Praise and Worship event would take place from 6pm to 8:30pm. Earlier in the day, between 12 noon and 3pm, there will be youth empowerment seminars and the ‘Youth Power Praise’.
“It is so important to have something for our young people that will build and equip them for the future. And so we have DJ Kimble Rogers and Kurt Hardy who will be speaking to the young people, sharing insights from their experience in the music business and in production, while Tony Friday will be talking about mental health, sex and drug abuse,” the organizer said.
“Apostle Sakupwanya will share the Word and several young local artists will showcase their talent, including Reaper, Red I am, Wadiwa, Lecco, Josh and the YPP Band.”
Pastor Pike said at a time when so much is not well our nation, the organizers of Call To Worship were trusting God to “visit our nation” and come to our help.
“We are believing for a Holy Ghost party and a visitation from the Most High God. More than ever we need Jehovah Rapha (the Lord our healer) and Yahweh Jireh (The Lord our Provider) to arise and come to our aid in this nation,” he said, urging the public to come and worship together “till we get the breakthrough”.