Our second live GatePraise broadcast drew an eclectic gathering of musicians, worship leaders and GATE enthusiasts. GatePraise is a two hour program, dedicated to bringing together all things musical for the One True Lord.
This month's guests shared their wisdom and experience during live Q&A sessions in the studio. Topics included addressing the challenges of working with different voices and hearts when leading church worship. Vocalist and church worship leader Lorraine Felix, along with bilingual worship leader Raun Barretto, hinted at a future topic of praise and worship in the Latino churches.
Jaye Thomas, an IHOPKC worship leader and recording artist, phoned in to share about singing and playing one's instrument with excellence (Psalm 33:3). Special guests Pastor Raphael and Aly Giglio also called in to share about Messianic praise music.
The highlight of this weekend's GatePraise program was the live worship set performed at the GATE. Recording artist Duke Guillaume demonstrated his astounding saxophone skills as the worship ensemble performed "How Great is Our God." The team included Raun Barretto on keyboard and vocals, Christian rocker John Albino of John's Crossing, along with fellow band member Mike Dunleavy on guitars, renowned latin percussionist Jimmy Medina, and worship leader Lorraine Felix singing lead vocals.
Special visits from GATE friend and prayer warrior Dave Ganz, and longtime friend and audio whiz Chuck Russo added to the merriment! GATE staffers working behind the scenes included Josh Wozniak handling all things audio along with assistance from Gabby Nilla, Steven Benitez providing video, supreme multi-tasker Mary Ann Linsell handling the phone lines and hospitality needs, and Amelia Scordato assisting the staffers.
Our very own George Flores hosted the program, providing a fun atmosphere for sharing and learning from one another. His many years of live broadcast experience, coupled with utter reliance on the Holy Spirit encouraged all of us to continue to explore ways to give our best to the Lord in worship.