Concert for Compassion

You could hear the rain pounding on the roof of Grace Chapel as the concert got started. The place was full of students from TFC and high schools around town. They were ready for a night of great acoustic music and community worship.

Monday, worship artists Tyrus Morgan and Shaun Groves played a free concert put on by Compassion International, a child sponsoring organization.

First onstage was Morgan, who warmed up the crowd by playing an acoustic version of the hit “I Got a Feelin’” by the Black Eyed Peas. Morgan then opened up the show with a few acoustic worship songs and played a song inspired by his daughter called “Too Tall”.

Finally, after an introduction by Pastor Jeff, Shaun Groves took the stage and got everyone on their feet by singing one his more well-known songs “After the Music Fades.”

“I don’t know any of his music, but I really loved it,” said freshman Liz Hynson.

Groves held the audience captive as he switched back and forth between playing the guitar and piano. He played worship songs, introduced some of his new songs, and sang one song written by his children and dedicated it to a kid present named Joseph.

The highlight of the evening for most was when Shaun Groves called out a student that was asleep in the fourth row. Groves made jokes about it throughout his act, and when the student finally awoke, Groves said, “Well hey there! Did you have a nice nappy-nap?”.

“I was sitting three seats away from him,” a student said, “It was really funny.”

Near the end of Groves’ set he faded into the background as students sang age-old hymns and worshipped God together. He closed the show with a few words about compassion for people in every situation- even the rich, and about the organization Compassion International.

One last chorus at the close of the show, students voices and hearts resonated these words: “So let your name be lifted higher, be lifted higher, be lifted higher.”