About

“That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21)

WORTHY 2020
Lord of Heaven Lord of Earth

When: Sunday March 22, 2020
Where: Historic STATE THEATRE, Ithaca, NY (capacity 1700)

Purpose

In one accord and one heart and one voice—

  • To praise and worship and give glory to God
  • To proclaim the name of Jesus Christ
  • To seek His presence among us and welcome His Holy Spirit

Gathering

The WORTHY concert is a time when the people of God, in the spirit of the ancient annual Jewish feasts, come together in renewal of covenant with God and one another in an unhindered confession of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Blessed are the people who recognize the festal call
They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance
In Thy name they rejoice all day long
And through Thy righteousness they are exalted.
(Psalm 89:15-16)

God’s Heart

WORTHY is a unique event—the largest annual gathering of our regional Church in unity in worship satisfying something deep in God’s heart.

The Narrative

We celebrate Jesus Christ in music and song—

  • Life
  • Crucifixion
  • Resurrection
  • Ascension
  • Second Coming

Multi-Media

The WORTHY worship concerts features over 200 performers in a unique and stunning synthesis of—

  • 70-piece Symphonic Orchestra
  • Large Choir (144 singers)
  • Modern Worship Band
  • Dance & Processional
  • Dramatic Presentation & Bible Reenactment
  • Spoken Word & Rap
  • Scripture Readings
  • Visual Arts

Multi-Denominational and Multi-Generational

Over 60 Churches and Campus Fellowships participated in the Orchestra, Choir, and Pastors’ Processional. 1100-1300 came to worship representing all parts of the Body of Christ. For WORTHY 2020, our core of Cornell musicians will be joined by local worship veterans, other Ivies, Christian colleges, music schools, and Cornell alumni.

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.(Revelation 5:9)

Multi-Cultural

Both in the ethnic makeup of the ensemble and in the diversity of musical styles, the WORTHY worship honors Jesus’ sacrifice—

  • Classical
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Middle Eastern
  • African
  • Traditional Hymns
  • Contemporary Worship

Love

In a world flooded with division, violence, hatred and fear, we can reveal a ‘more excellent way’: the love found in Christ in whom the dividing walls and enmity is taken away for He is our peace and reconciliation with God and one another.

Unity

In His last prayer, Jesus reveals that our unity is the primary evidence that He is real.

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This love flows from the love we have in God. Worship is the expression of that love. As we lift Him up in praise and exultation, Jesus draws all men unto Himself.

When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying,
“He indeed is good for His loving kindness is everlasting,”
then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

(2 Chronicles 5:11-14)

Sponsoring Organizations

  • Community Faith Partners (CFP)
  • Cornell United Religious Work (CURW)
  • Cornell University Department of Music
  • CRU at Cornell
  • Campus on a Hill (COAH)

Some Links

CHRISTIAN UNION MAGAZINE ARTICLE
WORTHY 2016
WORTHY 2017
WORTHY 2018