WorshipCityPraise Day to Be Declared By City Council

During their Tuesday, May 1st meeting, the Nashville City Council will announce a proclamation that June 9, 2001 will be declared as WorshipCityPraise Day in the city of Nashville. Nashville Council Member (District 28) Jason Alexander has initiated the resolution before the council as an annual proclamation for the second Saturday during the month of June to be known as WorshipCityPraise Day.

WorshipCityPraise is a monthly citywide gathering created to bring people together of all ages, races, denominations and backgrounds to worship God through music and pray for the city of Nashville and its leaders. On June 9th, the gathering will be held on the north lawn of the Nashville Capitol Building, near of James Robertson Parkway. This was changed from the recent plan to have the event at Adelphia.

Prior to the city council meeting, at 5:30 p.m. (CST), WorshipCityPraise will host a time of prayer for the city leaders and government officials on the
front steps of the Nashville Metro Courthouse. Jeff Deyo, founder of WorshipCityPraise and former worship leader/lead singer of Dove-award winning and Gotee recording artist, SONICFLOOd, will be on hand, along with Jim Freedman, director of Nashville Bridges Coalition. As a sponsor of the monthly events, Nashville Bridges Coalition is a non-profit organization created to “bridge” the gap between races, ages, denominations and
backgrounds throughout Metro Nashville.
The June 9th event, entitled Adelphia + Beyond, is a culmination of the monthly praise and worship gatherings that have occurred throughout the city
over the past two years. Nearly 25,000 people have participated in WorshipCityPraise since its origination in March of 1999. Since October 2000, the
monthly praise and worship gathering has been held in various churches and denominations throughout the greater Nashville area. The desire is to create
a “web of unity” within the congregations as the monthly gathering moves from church to church. Among the nationally known speakers and artists
slated to appear along with Jeff Deyo at the June 9th gathering on Capitol Hill include: Tommy Tenney, author of God Chasers; Louie Giglio,
founder of Passion Conferences; Lou Engle, organizer behind “The Call,” a 400,000 person gathering in Washington DC; Melody Green, widow of
Christian music pioneer Keith Green; Mac Powell, lead singer from the Dove Award-winning group Third Day; Rocketown Records artist Watermark;
and internationally renown worship leader Marco Barrientos.
At the recent worship gathering at Two Rivers Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 17, Jeff Deyo, worship leader for WorshipCityPraise, standing along side of several other city pastors and leaders, announced the
citywide gathering planned to be held at Adelphia Coliseum on June 9th is moving to the Nashville Capitol Hill north lawn, off
of James Robertson Parkway. The
gathering had been in the planning stages for a celebration at Adelphia Coliseum as a one-year anniversary of the Nashville Billy
Graham Crusade.
Deyo stated the postponed gathering at the coliseum until 2002 is a result of unanimous decision by the WorshipCityPraise
executive team out of concern whether Nashville is spiritually ready for an event planned with this focus and magnitude. Deyo
also mentioned obvious cost issues and logistical struggles that will make the change of venue a welcomed plan to all involved.
Approximately 25 percent of the funds have been raised for the Capitol Hill event, all through private donations by businesses,
individuals and churches. Although promotional efforts were well underway for the June 9 gathering, the change in venue offers
a great new perspective, says Deyo. “Tennessee’s Capitol Hill, one of the most visible and important places in our city and our
state, is a great place to begin the mobilization of unity throughout our city and its leaders. This gathering is not about a man or
a band or a stadium, but about Nashville being transformed into the likeness of Jesus.”
Regardless of the change in location, the event is still entitled Adelphia + Beyond and maintains the same list of nationally
known speakers and artists, including: Tommy Tenney, author of God Chasers; Louie Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences;
Lou Engle, organizer behind “The Call,” a 400,000 person gathering in Washington DC; Melody Green, widow of Christian
music pioneer Keith Green; Mac Powell, lead singer from the award-winning group Third Day; Rocketown Records artist
Watermark; and internationally renown worship leader Marco Barrientos.
Since October 2000, the monthly praise and worship gathering has been held in various churches and denominations throughout
the greater Nashville area. The desire is to create a “web of unity” within the congregations as the monthly gathering moves from
church to church. The monthly gathering before the culmination event at Capitol Hill will be on Tuesday, May 15th, at
Cornerstone Church in Madison. .
Nearly 25,000 people have participated in WorshipCityPraise since its origination in March of 1999. Formerly held under the
name SONICPRAISe, the worship gathering has met at various locations to accommodate the growing number of people
attending the monthly event—including the recent series at the Bicentennial Mall Amphitheatre near the Nashville Capitol
Building.
Unity between the churches and denominations is a driving force behind WorshipCityPraise. “Coming together in one location is
not unity. Unity is joining together for the same purpose and then going out to change our city for Christ. It’s not about filling
the Capitol Hill lawn with worshippers, although that will be exciting. It’s about going back to our neighborhoods, workplaces
and schools with a passion to see lives changed throughout Nashville and beyond,” says Deyo. .
FUTURE WorshipCityPraise DATES AND LOCATIONS:.
Tuesday, May 1, 2001 – 5:30 p.m., Nashville Metro Courthouse, Nashville, TN.
Tuesday, May 15, 2001 – 7:00 p.m., Cornerstone Church, Madison, TN.
Saturday, June 9, 2001 – 1:00 p.m., Capitol Hill, Nashville, TN.

For more information on WorshipCityPraise, please call 615.341.0112 or visit Worship City Praise.

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