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Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul!

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013

By: Dave Retz (Expired article)

9/29/2013 -

The third annual Valley ONE Concert was held September 29 at the Solvang Veterans Hall. With a widely diverse age group, this Concert brought together members of a number of churches in the Valley for praise and worship music - and now community prayer and art.

Organized in 2011 by Justin Jacobs and Josh Wierenga, the intent was to provide a unified worship service for the "Church" - the body of Christian churches in the Valley. Based on a common theme of modern (contemporary) Christian praise music, the Solvang veterans hall was filled with people who sang along with the music, many with hands in the air.

This was similar to the past two occurrences of Valley ONE - with some notable additions: it provided a time for people attending to form small groups and pray together for our Valley, for national issues, and for families.

This year, visual art (especially watching it being created live) was an interesting form of worship in its own rite. As the combined Worship Team played on stage at the Veterans Hall, Santa Ynez artist Marilyn Simandle created an art work on the right-hand side of the stage in response to the music. The combined aspect of art and community prayer added a new dimension to the concept of Valley-wide Worship service.

This is the second such event - in addition to the National Day of Prayer community breakfast - that has been introduced in the past few years that calls together all Christian faiths in the Valley with a unified Spirit.

Participating Churches

The Ranch Church, a Calvary Chapel, Los Olivos
Valley Christian Fellowship, Solvang/Santa Ynez
Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, Solvang/Ballard
Saint Marks Episcopal Church, Los Olivos

Special thanks to St. Marks Church, which provided baked goods and refreshments. !

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