By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

'For All Seasons' worship band visits Hemet theater

 

Last updated 8/22/2018 at 2:49pm

Tony Ault

Emily Hamilton of For All Seasons sings a praise song during the "Alive Worship Night" Friday, Aug. 10, at the Historic Hemet Theatre in downtown Hemet.

For All Seasons performed at the "Alive Worship Night," which was sponsored by Downtown Alive, Immanuel Events and several local churches, Friday, Aug. 10, at the Historic Hemet Theatre. Opening the night's praise and worship time was the church band from 412 Church and the Rev. Jim Shane, followed by For All Seasons.

Hemet resident and bandleader Chris Mattson came up with the idea for a Downtown Alive program in Hemet. He said the event's purpose was to "bring out the Christian community to build up the city of Hemet."

He said the church was concerned for the downtrodden and homeless in the communities of Hemet and San Jacinto. He said he hoped the special event would bring other Christians to "show the love of Christ to be shown in this community. We see the homeless. We see the problems in this community. We know the Lord is the only one who can change that."

Shane, returning from his own ministry to the 412 Church, echoed the same reason for the Downtown Alive program and urged the Christian audience to go out in the cities "one-on-one," to bring the gospel to those on the streets.

"It's really just a message of hope," he said. "I drive out of town for work, and I drive all the way down Florida Avenue every morning for years. I have seen the people there. They look lost. They look like they are in need. They look disheveled, like they have just given up. So, we're here tonight just in the downtown area. We just want to show people there is hope and there are people around who are willing to help them with open arms. Really, it's a simple message for the simple message that is so powerful, that there is a reason to live. God's got a plan for them."


He said that it only takes one person to start change.

"Take one person who needs a meal, one person who needs to care about them. That goes right to the soul, someone who cares," Shane said. "One person can bring them to a church and show them the love that Christ gives, no matter who they are."

For All Seasons leader Emily Hamilton began their second set with the title song of their newest album, "Clarity," that praised the Lord as the "kindest calm in the fiercest flight," and concluded with "Common Love." They praised Jesus for giving them the opportunity to sing to the people in the Hemet San Jacinto Valley and urged the audience to spread the gospel. Hamilton was joined by band members Jeff Luckey, Josh Zegan and Jeff Soika.

The band gave away CDs, T-shirts and other gifts to audience members as Shane tossed tennis balls out into the audience. The balls were redeemable for the gift written on the ball.

Almost all the seats in the historic Hemet Theater, at 216 E. Florida Ave., were filled for the special showing. The theater presents tribute bands, old movies and other community-hosted events. For a list of upcoming performances, visit http://www.historichemettheatre.com or call (951) 658-5950.


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Tony Ault

The Rev. Jim Shane of 412 Church and bandleader Chris Mattson lead the band members in prayer, Aug. 10, before the Historic Hemet Theatre's "Alive Worship Night."

 

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