Joy in the House of the Lord
by Tori Gilliland

It was a special moment. Everyone was on their feet, clapping, praising God, and smiling. Sound filled the Hall Life Center as Anthony Rogers, one of the guest musicians with The Door, led the room singing, "There's joy in the House of the Lord today, and we won't be quiet. We'll shout out your praise!"

We weren't quiet, and it was joyful. Almost one year from launching its YouTube channel, The Door hosted its first City-Wide Night of Worship in June with held breath. As a new ministry designed to invite people into life with Christ, The Door creates videos about Christian topics and worship songs. This, however, was its first big event. The invitation had been sent out to people around Houston — but would anyone come? 

At 4:45 pm people began to enter the Hall Life Center, mostly parishioners from St. John the Divine, but right before the house lights dimmed, visitors began to walk into the space. Some came with tears in their eyes, others came with friends who are members at SJD, and others came after seeing an advertisement on Instagram. God was opening doors.

Now, almost five months later, The Door is hosting its second City-Wide Night of Worship on November 14 at 6 pm. Worship leaders include Zach Meeks, Rebekah El-Hakam, Ethan Marshall, and Anthony Pitt from SJD, and special guests from Hope City, Houston's First, Second Baptist, Bayou City Fellowship, and Anthony Rogers from The Source. 

Five months of prayer, planning, and working with people from around the city have passed, and we expectantly wait to sing again "There's joy in the House of the Lord!"


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