by Kamilah Cadogan
It was a concert like none other, but maybe because it was not a concert at all, rather a “worship experience”
Last Saturday, gospel singers Raphael Saul and John Yarde headlined an event that will not soon be forgotten entitled Rhema — Songs of Heaven.
The two opened the show with a duet of Lord You’re Mighty, ably assisted by the colourfully adorned New Dimensions Ministries Dancers. This started the show on a high, and it only went higher from that point on.
In the first segment, the singers performed their favourite songs. Saul began with a powerful rendition of He Is Able, followed by Yarde’s Put It On The Altar. He then brought the crowd to their feet with a back-in-time medley, including At Calvary, Caught Up To Meet Him and Won’t It Be A Time.
Saul was then joined on stage by his wife Shanoah for a touching duet of Indescribable, after which Saul performed his family’s favourite hymn My Anchor Holds accompanied by mime Andre Belle, during which he was overcome with emotion.
Yarde performed the final song in the segment, Total Praise, assisted by Mylon Clarke on the saxophone.
In the second segment of the show, the young men performed their original music. Saul gave beautiful renditions of You’re Amazing, Everlasting, which was inspired by Psalm 90:2, and Fascination. Yarde thrilled the audience with Know You Better, Fascinate Me and Redeemed.
Marc Issacs from Trinidad and Tobago took the stage and gave an energetic and Spirit-filled performances of Take Me To The King, Be Glorified and I Love You Forever. His energy was contagious as patrons all over the Western Light Church of the Nazarene raised their hands and voices to the heavens.
The final segment of the night was dedicated to worship and by this time few people remained in their seats. Power In The Blood, Shekinah Glory Come Down Jesus At The Centre were among the songs performed, but it was duet of Wrap Me In Your Arms by Saul and popular Barbadian gospel singer Mya Daniel that really struck a chord with everyone in attendance. Their voices blended effortlessly as if they were made to sing together.
Both Saul and Yarde were joined on stage by Issacs for a rousing performance of My God Is Awesome. Following this, Kevin Campbell lead everyone in prayer, inviting Christians to renew their relationship with God and urging those who do not know God to give their lives to Him.
The concert finished on an upbeat note with a performance of Yarde’s original song Revival Is Possible, which had all patrons dancing in the aisles.
Rhema in Hebrew means the spoken word of God and He certainly spoke to all in attendance in a big way, leaving everyone moved.