Sharon Church Lifts Every Voice in Music

May 12, 2016 | Drechelle McCray

"Take me back to where I first received you." Those were the words of the late Andrae Crouch, who some describe as the father of modern gospel music. Do you remember the first time you felt God, heard God and experienced Him in your soul? That memory was reignited Saturday, March 5, for many individuals at the Sharon Church in Portland, Ore.

The 16th annual Lift Every Voice Concert brought members of the greater Portland area together to lift up the name of Jesus. Under the leadership of Linda Foxworth, Sharon Church minister of music, this event has become more than just a social gathering; it's a worship experience.

To welcome with love and minister to our family, church and community is the mission statement of Sharon. This yearly event is doing just that — ministering. People from many faiths, Baptist, Pentecostal, nondenominational and Lutheran join in song to create one sound. About eight to 10 songs are learned in one week and sung for an audience ready for their hearts to be moved.

Mark your calendars because this event will be taking place in February 2017. If you have thought about joining, participating or being part of the audience, don’t let that moment pass you by. Let it become the moment that “takes you back.”