Over 13,000 gather in Nashville for powerful night of worship with Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper

NASHVILLE — Over 13,000 people descended on Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for a powerful evening of praise and worship featuring some of today’s best-known Christian leaders including John Piper, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Keith and Kristyn Getty.

The event, part of the Sing! 2019 Getty Music Worship Conference, kicked off with performances from hosts the Gettys, alongside a 1,000 voice choir and many world instrumentalists.

Keith and Kristyn Getty perform together at the Sing! 2019 Getty Music Worship Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 20, 2019. | The Christian Post/Leah Klett

In her first public appearance since announcing she’s cancer-free, Joni and Friends founder Joni Eareckson Tada shared her hope of Heaven before leading attendees in the acapella singing of the hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”

“In Heaven, I will be free,” Tada told attendees. “I will be free to jump up, dance, kick, do aerobics, and though I’m sure Jesus will be delighted to watch me rise up on tiptoe, there’s something I plan to do that might please Him more. If possible, at some point before the party gets going, at some point before the guests are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb, the first thing I plan to do on resurrected legs is to drop on grateful, glorified knees. I will quietly kneel before the Lord…and give a sacrifice.”

Joni and Friends founder Joni Eareckson Tada leads worship at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 20, 2019. | The Christian Post/Leah Klett

“It will be my last opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to the Lord Jesus for the grace He gave year after year when my hands were limp and useless and my feet couldn’t walk,” she continued. “It will be a sacrifice of paralyzed praise. After a moment of kneeling before Jesus, I shall spring to my feet and stretch my arms wide…no more shriveled hands, no more atrophied muscles, no more toes that can’t wiggle.”

Tada declared that the resurrection will mean that “Jesus will have satisfied divine wrath, defeated death,” and “pried Satan’s fingers off planet Earth.”

“It will mean the power not to sin, and the power to have hope,” she said.

Shane & Shane perform at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 20, 2019. | The Christian Post/Leah Klett

With a focus on congregational singing, the night also featured performances from worship duo Shane & Shane; Fernando Ortega, who performed “My Worth is Not in What I Own” alongside Kristyn Getty; hymn-writers Matt Papa and Matt Boswell; spoken word artist Jackie Hill Perry; violinist David Kim; and Andrew Peterson, who sang his hit song, “Is He Worthy?”

Matt Boswell performs at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 20, 2019. | The Christian Post/Leah Klett

Celebrated flutist Pedro Eustache also performed his song from The Passion of the Christ soundtrack.

“This is the very flute I used for the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane — God used it for His glory,” Eustache said ahead of his performance, adding that his flute is “precious and unique” just like every individual created by God.

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