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Regent Launches Night of Worship

By Brett Wilson | September 20, 2013

Cory Asbury was the guest artist at Regent's first Night of Worship.

"It's so helpful to have these students gather in the context of worship—and the beautiful thing about that is your hearts can really knit together when you're worshiping together," said music artist Cory Asbury. "So I think it's really awesome that you all are doing this."

On Friday, September 13, members of the Regent University community gathered in the Regent Chapel, to participate in the premiere Night of Worship (NOW) event, hosted each month by Regent's Office of Advancement.

As a former member of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Mo. and current worship leader for New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Co., Asbury has performed for a diverse spectrum of audiences. However, NOW allowed him to reach out to the specific niche group he feels his music is most relevant to.

"I love college students, I love that age, and I feel like I connect with them the best," said Asbury.

While Asbury understands the need for Christ-followers to come together, leaders of the Regent community also recognize the need for students in the area to connect on a spiritual level.

"We wanted to give an opportunity for students and young people in the local community to have a place to gather and worship without denominational lines or church divisions," said Ann Leblanc, vice president of advancement. "We wanted them to come together for one purpose: to seek God's face and praise Him."

Though gathering together for worship is not a new phenomenon on campus, Friday's service began a surge of growth; a trend that Dana VanValin, director of event programming, believes will increase among the students.

"When we gather together to focus our hearts and minds on the Lord and worship Him, we continually see Him working in powerful ways in our student body and throughout our campus," said VanValin. "We want to see this continue."

The NOW events will continue once a month for the remainder of the Fall 2013 semester, with special musical guests such as Sean Feucht, Je'kob, Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, and Adam Cates and Big House Band. VanValin hopes that as the semester progresses, NOW will impact an even larger area than solely Regent's campus.

"We want to see these events continue to grow and impact not only the Regent student body, but also the Hampton Roads community," said VanValin. "We want the word to spread and for people to come on campus and be excited about what God is doing here."

This, according to Asbury, is what makes the art of worship come alive for him.

"I just love to see the students fall more in love with Jesus, really—I just want to see them all at the end of the night saying, 'Man, I love God, I want to give Him more, I want to do more for Him," said Asbury. "If that happens at the end of the night, then I feel like we won."

Learn more about Regent University's Night of Worship.

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