Christians can get in the spirit at Mariner’s Bethel concert

In an event that is promised to be more than just a concert, this weekend, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will host a musical worship experience with the band 2nd Sunday. Audiences can enjoy original 2nd Sunday music, as well as familiar praise and worship songs, at the free event on Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

“We want to give people an opportunity [come] into the presence of the Lord and have a worship night that is kind of opened-ended and more intimate,” said singer/songwriter Sheila Lloyd, who hopes to “just go where the spirit leads.”

Instead of hosting a typical concert, 2nd Sunday uses the term “spirit selah,” a Hebrew term from Psalms with several meanings, including “to pause, think and reflect, and listen,” said Christel Grandell, a Mariner’s Bethel’s worship leader – something she said can be especially important in today’s busy culture.

“I really want the focus of the event to be on worship,” said Lloyd. “We just really love to worship. If we can get lost in the presence of God and just focus on Him … we find that the problems we thought we had were fading away.”

The bandmates have unique musical backgrounds, from rock-and-roll and bluegrass to classical training, but 2nd Sunday formed around a Christian coffee shop in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Their name came from the feeling “when you need more than one Sunday in your week,” said Lloyd.

This is 2nd Sunday’s first performance at Mariner’s Bethel, although Lloyd has ministered there before. She and her husband, Brian, have led their own ministry for years. The Lloyds will also join Mariner’s Bethel’s contemporary extreme praise and worship service on Sunday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m., led by Paul and Christel Grandel, who may also join the band for several songs.

“She just is an amazing person, and I really think that she has messages in her songs that would touch [people’s] hearts,” said Grandell, who first met Sheila Lloyd at a retreat. “She is really grounded in the Lord and the holy spirit.

“I would love to see that folks would just have a place to rest in God’s presence through [the] music,” said Grandell, adding that a spirit selah can be healing for people seeking the Lord or wanting to strengthen that relationship.

Mariner’s Bethel has hosted a few contemporary Christian bands, but Grandell said, “It’s definitely something we would like to start bringing to the church and the community.”

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Route 26 and Central Avenue. The concert is free for everyone, and a free-will offering will be accepted.