Gospel Goes "Beyond Music "

by Melissa Nicholas '05

The usual quiet of a Friday night in UTCC was filled with a joyful noise on January 17, when gospel choirs from throughout the Los Angeles area gathered for the seventh annual Gospel Sing: Beyond Music. APU staff, students, and churches from L.A. County packed into the auditorium for a night of exhilarating worship.

“Beyond Music” was full of extraordinary energy from the diverse gospel choirs to the liveliness of the dance ministry team, Chozen. The evening also extended to the poetic words of Amber Johns and the harmonizing singing group “Sent Out Ministries”, who sang“We are women who love God; we are not just performers, we are ministers.”

Ed Barron, the master of ceremonies and Vice President of Promise Keepers, kept the room alive in between performances, with scripture and encouragement in worshipping “both on the mountain top and in the valley.”

The Gospel Sings’ main purpose was not exclusively entertainment, but also fellowship for those in the Los Angeles area. Christine Isip, a student worker in the office of Multi-Ethnic Programs, said, “One of the goals of this night is to bring the APU community, Los Angeles Community and the City of Azusa together for worship.”