By Jason A. Smith
Two musical events are scheduled to take place in Henry County this weekend, each with a goal of providing a worship experience for those in attendance.
Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church, at 2400 Ga. Highway 42 North, in McDonough, will host the Glory Revealed II Tour Sunday at 6 p.m.
The New Beginnings Young Adult Choir at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will take the stage for a free concert at 7 p.m., at the Henry County Performing Arts Center (PAC).
The Eagle's Landing event is a segment of a tour that is a follow-up to 2007, Dove Award-winning release, "Glory Revealed: The Word of God in Worship."
Christian-music artists on the new collection of songs include Mac Powell, of Third Day, and Aaron Shust, Laura Story and Mark Hall, lead singer of the McDonough-based Christian group, Casting Crowns.
Powell, 36, produced the record and is one of several musicians on the project who are based in the metro-Atlanta area. He believes the impact of the endeavor has been evident, since the Glory Revealed concept was formed.
"We've seen a lot of people affected by this," said Powell. "To be part of a project that challenges people to spend more time in God's Word, is an honor for us."
Author and speaker, David Nasser, is also participating in the Glory Revealed II Tour. He credited Powell's "vision," with enabling him and his tour mates to reach a larger audience.
"[The tour] is really just a great worship gathering, with some of the best-known Christian artists in the world uniting to lead songs that are inspired by God's Word," said Nasser. "You don't see people, like Mark Hall and Mac Powell, in the same place too often."
Tickets for the concert are available for $10 each. For more details, call the church at (770) 957-1355, or visit www.eagleslanding.org.
The Young Adult choir at Wesley Chapel United Methodist will sing 11 songs during the "God Hears" concert at the PAC, according to New Beginnings Choir Director Kristofer Goodall. He said he presented the idea for the concert to his pastor, Rev. Sharma Lewis, earlier this year, as a kick-off to a revival scheduled to begin Monday at the church.
"We really want to reach people with the positivity of the gospel," said Goodall, 21.
He said he wrote six of the songs, which will be featured. The song he is most looking forward to performing, he said, is "Here to Win," which is intended as an uplifting message for those who hear it.
"It's a confirmation for people in attendance that for whatever situation they find themselves in, they can approach it with a winning attitude," Goodall said.
Antoinette "Toni" Wright, 32, of McDonough, a soloist in the choir, and chairperson of the public-relations committee for the concert, said the 28 members of the group are hopeful their music will touch the lives of many people in the area.
"We recognize that there are people in the community who are unchurched, and who tend to shy away from the church," said Wright. "We are trying to reach out to them, and to take the church to the community."
Wright said she is confident the songs will "speak to every situation" audience members might be going through.
There is no cost to attend the New Beginnings concert. For more details, call Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church at (770) 957-4728, or visit www.wesleychapelumcmcdonough.org.