Jesus Youth band members belting out lively Christian songs.

As evening set on July 7, the Agape Village Hall in Toa Payoh was transformed into a hive of youthful activity as familiar faces greeted one other and strangers became friends, all in anticipation of worshipping the Lord as one.

The Heart of Worship outreach event, organised by Jesus Youth Singapore, brought some 230 young people to experience the Lord through the universal language of music and song.

For the next two hours, the band belted out vibrant Christian songs as participants raised their hands and danced to the music. A pair of dancers moved to choreographed numbers and led action songs, heightening the exuberant mood in the hall.

Mr Edwyn de Souza, programme manager at the Catholic Spirituality Centre, shared a message of joy in Jesus.

He spoke about his experience meeting St Teresa of Kolkata, one of the most joyful personalities the world has seen.

“Joy is a very deep mystery,” he said. “We need to fill … the emptiness of our hearts” with joy, he said. He challenged everyone to share joy, especially with their families and colleagues.

Two of the band members also shared how God has touched them in their lives and how much He has loved and cared for them in various situations.

Mr Edwyn de Souza speaking about joy at the Heart of Worship event.

The concert ended with a song, Powered by Jesus, that was composed by the band.

Many participants said they were spiritually energised by the event.

“This experience really renewed and filled my spirit,” said Ms Dulanjali Wakwella from the Church of St Mary of the Angels. “It was an amazing time of anointing, power and enthusiasm. For sure, the Holy Spirit moved!” she added.

Mr Maximo Jr Ferma Carag from the Church of Christ the King shared, “It was my first time, and [it] was really a heart-felt time of praise, worship, music and meeting new people in the well-organized event.”

The audience enthralled by the band.

Music has always been at the centre of Jesus Youth gatherings. According to the organisers, such concerts aim to inspire the youth in Singapore to know Jesus and to love Him.

This is the group’s second concert this year, They plan to have such concerts every six months.

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