It began with One Way. A church friend introduced the song to us while we were practicing for next Sunday’s special number. We just formed our band which will soon morph into the church’s Prayer and Praise Team. Since we’re all newbies — I only know a few guitar chords and basic strumming skills — we were practicing really hard. Of course it paid off. The next Sunday, the church was happy to see their lanky high schoolers playing and singing. But aside from the beginning of the new music team, we also begun learning new songs — they called it contemporary worship songs. Hillsong Music, along with its precursors: Don Moen and Steve Green, and the elder worship groups such as Matt Redman, Louis Giglio and Jars of Clay were early music influences.
|Photo credits: Neville Chapman (Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapmanc123/8423899483/)|
So when Hillsong United, the church’s younger worship group, came to Manila this June, we really had to see them live. The phone lines for ticket reservations were busy all the time and the tickets were almost sold out by the time we had enough money to purchase them. Good thing, concert organisers allocated more seats for their Friday concert and opened a second day to accommodate more people. Thanks Ate C for patiently lining up to get all of us our tickets! Hahaha!
When Friday came, Araneta was jam-packed. It was the first time I saw the coliseum’s concert stands filled with people. By the time the concert began, everyone’s standing shoulder-to-shoulder. I was so happy that I get to sing and shout that night with my siblings. The hour and a half event began with their new song Relentless. Other songs from their recently released album, Zion, such as Scandal of Grace, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Stay and Wait, and Love is War, were also performed in the concert. The rest of the setlist includes:
- Go (Aftermath)
- Break Free (All of the Above)
- Hosanna (All of the Above)
- From the Inside Out (United We Stand)
- Aftermath (Aftermath)
- B.E. (Aftermath)
- Freedom is Here/ Shout Unto God (United: Live in Miami)
- Mighty to Save (Mighty to Save)
- All I Need Is You (Look To You)
- The Stand (United We Stand)
- With Everything (This is Our God/White Album Remix)
- Your Name High (This is Our God)
- Wake (Hillsong Young and Free)
- Alive (Hillsong Young and Free)
The lights that filled the whole coliseum when everyone’s singing Mighty to Save was just spectacular. I never had the chance to video any of the numbers; maybe because we’re all busy singing our lungs out. Hahaha! The concert ended with what younger people who grew up with Hillsong as the “national anthem”: One Way. All of us were jumping and singing; I remembered the thrill we had when we were just beginning to really sing and play our instruments at church.
The band is really great, but to echo Joel Houston’s message that night, everything we’re doing and every song we’re singing is all for Christ. The band and their music is only an instrument to lead everyone to worship and thank God for all the things He has done for us. It was indeed a wonderful worship experience for all of us.
Here's Taya Smith and the rest of Hillsong United singing Oceans (Where Feet May Fail):
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