Two vocal groups from Liberty University School of Music, LU Praise and Shine, gathered for “A Liberty Christmas” at the Museum of the Bible’s World Stage Theater in Washington, DC on Saturday.
The evening featured a wide range of Christmas classics such as Glory to God, I Heard the Bells, O Holy Night, The Night Christ Was Born, Carol of the Bells and Noel. There was also a time of impromptu worship led by LU Praise before the night ended with a prayer for the nation and the singing of the worship song “I Speak Jesus”.
“Saturday was a great opportunity for Liberty to partner with the Museum of the Bible this holiday season to host a Christmas show,” said Patrick Shorts, director of LU Praise. “It was really cool to take a piece of Christmas to the Bible Museum.”
Shorts said they ended with a time of prayer for families, active duty military personnel and those less fortunate.
“It was really a sweet moment to do that.”
LU Praise is a gospel choir that uses ethnic and musical diversity to lead worship through song, testimony, service and sharing the word of God. Shine is an a cappella team with unique and fresh vocal arrangements, using old and new Christian music to present the gospel. Both groups travel across the country each semester and perform regularly on Liberty’s campus.
Shorts said it’s exciting to show the nation’s capital a taste of what Liberty’s campus culture continually offers its students.
“We do it normally,” he says. “I don’t think we really had to change our identities to try to fit into this venue and space. We could be ourselves.”
Shine is managed by School of Music Dean Dr. Led and directed by Stephen Mueller and assisted by research assistant Ryan Flug.
“It was nice to see two of our groups coming together to put this concert together,” said Flug. “It was a wonderful experience for the people who were there and for the students.”
The two groups led services at McLean Bible Church on Sunday morning before returning to Lynchburg on Sunday evening.
“I’m so proud of our students and the way they presented themselves and Liberty University on this journey,” said Mueller. “It was a magnificent testimony of beautiful music and the redeeming message of the gospel.”