OGDEN -- A special interfaith worship service Saturday, Sept. 28, will look and feel a lot like a concert.
And while the free event is designed to be fun, there will be a great purpose behind the gathering set for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St.
The organizer behind the event says its purpose will be uniting, especially in prayer.
"If we change lives, it begins and ends with prayer," said Fred Lopez, pastor at Hope Resurrected Church of Ogden.
A united prayer gathering will take place at the venue at noon.
Those who participate will pray for the event, for the churches involved and for the city and surrounding community.
The free four-hour service that follows will include worship teams from a handful of churches whose members will perform in musical tributes.
Those who attend will be able to come and go as they like.
Between performances will be words of wisdom from various pastors and worship leaders from Christian churches in the area.
"It will be a fun night for music for a family environment," Lopez said. "It's not like any church service. It's really just a worship concert of united churches."
Lopez stressed a non-denominational focus from the Weber and Davis county Christian churches that will be involved.
"It is not about promoting any one worship team or church," Lopez said. "Along the way, we want people to get plugged in to Christ."
Lopez expects 15 or more churches attending in addition to the churches participating in the program.
In addition to Hope Resurrected Church, participating on the program will be Christian Life Center of Layton, Crossroads Christian Fellowship of Uintah, The Upper Room of Ogden, Washington Heights Church of South Ogden, Family Worship Center of Clearfield, and New Hope Church of Clearfield.
Soloists, who are all from Hope Resurrected Church, will be Freddie Lo, Ian Anderson, Craig Halverson and Alofa Vaa.
Lopez said he believes the gathering will be the first time in Ogden an event of this magnitude has focused on Christian church unity.
He expects to have about 1,000 people participate.
Lopez hopes to grow the event into a Christian church festival next year and hold the festival at the Raptors baseball stadium.
He said with support from other churches, he and others will be able to bring in a nationally recognized Christian band.
Already, a local business, Trax Audio, has pledged support to help bring the festival into being.
Lopez said as the churches unite, they will become more influential and effective.
"The Bible tells us about the church becoming more mature," he said. "It says we will be unified as we grow more mature."
He said when churches become unified, they will unlock the power of God to effectively change the community and the nation.
"Something supernatural happens that unlocks the power of God to change our community," he said. "On a bigger scale. We are always saying we are better together."
Lopez also told of New Testament Scripture in John 17.
"Right before Jesus died, he prayed," he said. "He prayed for the body of the church, that it would be unified the way that God is unified, that God would be glorified. We can see that happen as a church community."
For more information or to express an interest in this event, those interested may call Lopez at 928-225-7392 or send him an e-mail at email@example.com.
Contact reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter at @jfrancis.