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Handel’s Messiah coming to Shepherd’s Grove

This upcoming Friday, April 14, all are invited to attend a wonderful evening of music and celebration, as the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra performs the latter movements of Handel’s Messiah, led by world-renowned Handel scholar, conductor Don Neuen.

Considered by many to be one of the preeminent scholars on the works of Handel, Neuen’s directorship in this performance will be a celebration of decades leading the Hour of Power’s choral excellence. His well-deserved retirement following this concert means that this will be an exceptional and uncommon opportunity to see and hear Handel in the hands of an expert.

Messiah features many wonderful solos, and the wide talent of our celebrated choir will be on full display. Rarer still, to have such skill freely available to enjoy is worth bringing your friends and family!

The concert will begin at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary, with doors opening shortly before. This concert is non-ticketed and will be open to everyone (attendees will be given the opportunity to make a love offering if they so wish). We are expecting a very full house, and seating will be first come, first serve. Please call 714-971-4000 with any questions you may have.

Christmas Eve will be a Magical Time at Shepherd’s Grove

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Don Neuen leads the Hour of Power Choir

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already here! With all of the busyness that comes with it, the holiday season can be over before we really get to appreciate it. We here at Shepherd’s Grove know how difficult it can be to set aside even a few moments to reflect on the season. While time may seem short, we would like to offer you an opportunity to take in Christmas with a service dedicated to its joy and meaning.

On Christmas Eve, we invite you and yours to experience the majesty of the holidays with us, as we celebrate with sensational music, powerful words, and the wonderful hope in the birth of the Savior.

Our Choir and Orchestra will immerse you in the anthems of the season, working in harmony with our Modern worship team to celebrate with one and all. Hear the Gospel not just read, but proclaimed in exuberant celebration. Take in Bobby Schuller’s message, as he passionately speaks into the birth of Jesus and what it means for us, even today.

As Bobby often says, “Nobody does Christmas quite like Shepherd’s Grove,” and we are aiming to prove him right once again. Hope and rejoice with us this Christmas Eve, and may we all have a blessed new year.

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There will be two services on December 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. For more information, please call Shepherd’s Grove at (714)971-4000.

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“O Holy Night” a Great Success!

On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 3, we were honored to host the annual “O Holy Night” Concert. Talented artists from stage and screen joined our phenomenal choir and orchestra for a night of stirring Christmas music. We had a full house, as our local community gathered to celebrate the season!

While there were far too many wonderful moments to list here, these are a few highlights from the show:

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The Schuller family welcomes the crowd to our celebration of Christmas.

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It takes a lot of courage to sing in front of so many people, but Noelle Lidyoff performed “Sing We Now of Christmas” wonderfully!

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Caity Peters shared deeper meaning of the season with her rendition of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

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Todd Strange jumped back and forth from the choir loft to center stage, using his gifts as an operatic tenor on songs like “Where Else Would a Lamb Be Born?”

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Dorothy Benham is always a Shepherd’s Grove favorite, singing the titular song of the night.

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Our own Voices of Hope children’s choir, led by Sarah Grandpre, performed “All is Well”, with a surprise joining of the Hour of Power choir to back them up!

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Kevin Rose’s smooth voice fit perfectly with songs like “Believe”

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Maiya Sykes had everyone on their feet following songs like “Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child”!

This was truly an amazing night of Christmas fun for everyone, right down to the magic of snowfall in Southern California! If you missed the concert and would still like to see it, or just want to watch it again (and again and again!), DVD’s of the program will soon be made available for purchase.

We would like to thank Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra, Don Neuen and the Hour of Power Choir, our amazing soloists and everyone that helped to make this evening a success. It is a joy to be able to share such great shows in our community. Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

Christmas Eve at Shepherd's Grove

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Shepherd’s Grove

Christmas Eve at Shepherd's GroveChristmas Eve is just one week away! Whether you live down the street or across the country, we invite you to join us for the culmination of Season of Rejoice at Shepherd’s Grove during one of four special Christmas Eve celebrations.

  • 3 pm, Shepherd’s Grove: Contemporary Service, led by Grove Worship.
  • 5 pm, Shepherd’s Grove: Traditional Service, featuring the musical talents of Mandie Pinto, Courtney Taylor, Todd Strange and Richard Rivale, along with reflective Scripture readings and performances by the renowned Shepherd’s Grove choir and Shepherd’s Grove Handbells.
  • 5 pm, Hour of Power Webstream: Watch a webstream of “O Holy Night,” a divine musical experience featuring a stunning orchestra, angelic choral ensembles, and spectacular soloists.
  • 7 pm, Shepherd’s Grove: Traditional Service, featuring the musical talents of Mandie Pinto, Courtney Taylor, Todd Strange and Richard Rivale, along with reflective Scripture readings and performances by the renowned Shepherd’s Grove choir and Shepherd’s Grove Handbells.

If you are located in Southern California, we also invite you to view a broadcast of “O Holy Night” at 5 am Christmas morning on KCAL 9.

For more information on our Christmas Eve services, please visit SeasonofRejoice.com or call (714) 971-4000.

Achieving the Impossible Dream: A Musical Tribute to Robert Schuller

Achieving the Impossible Dream: A Musical Tribute to Robert Schuller

Achieving the Impossible Dream:  A Musical Tribute to Robert Schuller

Blog by Pastor Russ Jacobson

Welcome to the ministry’s very first blog post!  We have been looking forward to this day for a very long time.  We have been searching for just the right method to keep you – our parishioners, viewers, supporters and friends updated with accurate, official content straight from the ministry.  It has taken longer than we anticipated, but we wanted to make sure we did it right.  We have now settled on the best approach and communication channel.  As a result, you can expect to see fresh content here every week as we strive to keep our friends around the world informed about what is new with Shepherd’s Grove and The Hour of Power.

As our very first blog post, it is my pleasure to announce that the ministry will be planning and hosting a gala event to honor our founder:  Rev. Dr. Robert H. Schuller.  The event is entitled “Achieving the Impossible Dream:  A Musical Tribute to Robert Schuller.”  This is not a memorial service, but rather a concert dedicated to a man of God who treasured music as a direct pathway to the human heart.   Please mark your calendars for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Shepherd’s Grove.

You may already recognize the date – it is Father’s Day, and we selected that day on purpose.  Dr. Schuller was an earthly father to Robert A. and his sisters.  He was also a beloved grandfather to Bobby and his cousins.  To the rest of us, Dr. Schuller was akin to a spiritual father – an affirming, positive presence in our lives who exhorted us to overcome any obstacle and make every day a great day.  I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Schuller in person, but his teaching brought me to faith in Jesus Christ and transformed my life in extraordinary ways.  I can truly proclaim that my wife, children and I are Christians because of Dr. Schuller.

The details are still coming together, but we can already confirm that the world renowned Hour of Power choir and orchestra will both be present in full force under the direction of Don Neuen and Marc Riley respectively.  We will also be blessed with stirring performances by Dorothy Benham, Ken Medema, Daniel Rodriguez, Tom Tipton, and other special guests.  We also expect to have remembrances and anecdotes from personal friends of Dr. Schuller.   You will not want to miss this opportunity to honor Dr. Schuller through music and the spoken word!  The event will be taped for those who are unable to attend in person.  Please stay tuned for details.

Thank you for taking the time to read this inaugural blog post.  Please remember to connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.  Remember, God loves you and so do we!


Pastor Russ Jacobson

–Russ Jacobson is the Chief Operating Officer for Crystal Cathedral Ministries, and also serves as the worship pastor for the traditional service.  Russ is a graduate of UCLA, and Fuller Theological Seminary.  He has been married to Deanna for 20 years, and they have three children:  Teyo (13), Lani (11) and Lea (9.5).

 


 

Responding to the Secular Society

Pastor Bobby welcomes Tony Campolo to The Hour of Power. Tony is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He is the author of more than 35 books. Tony is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly at his website redletterchristians.org. Today, Tony brings the message, “Responding to the Secular Society.”

Ken Medema is an Hour of Power favorite. Born nearly blind, Ken began playing the piano at age five and today performs all over the world. Ken’s performances regularly include songs that have been improvised both musically and lyrically and are based on a sermon or story he has just heard.
Today, Ken performs “Jesus Lover of My Soul” (comp: Ken Medema) and “These are the Days/How Firm a Foundation” (comp: Ken Medema; arr. M. Riley). He is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra. Ken also performs a song called “Reflection Song” which is based on the sermon he just heard by Tony.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (comp: Isaac Watts; arr: Gilbert Martin). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ and Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.