As part of its Searchlight Tour to end world hunger, the band Willet will be leading an acoustic worship service at Grace United Church of Christ beginning at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 14.
"We're excited to have an uplifting, modern service," said Beth Hogg, a member of the church's Lay, Life and Work committee that reached out to Willet. "We just wanted to do something different and invite the community to join us for fellowship."
The church's pastor is on sabbatical, Hogg said, so parishioners have been reaching out others to lead Sunday worship services in his absence. Willet will be doing the entire service, she said.
Hogg said the director of the church's learning center had heard Willet and recommended them, and the fact that they are local makes the choice — and the band's gracious acceptance — even more appealing.
Brothers Jeremy, Justin and Jordan Willet, from Westminster, have "been serving in full-time ministry since 2006, performing and releasing recordings internationally" in an effort to serve "unreached people globally," according to the band's website, http://www.willetonline.com.
The band partners with the nonprofit New Missions Systems International to use music, tours and merchandise to raise awareness and funds for global missions, including ending world hunger.
The band has a 1 Million Meal goal. According to its website, over the past eight years Willet has "mobilize[d] over 450,000 nutritious meals for school feeding programs worldwide while also raising over $8 million for community development projects through child sponsorship."
To do this, they lead worship services, preach and participate in community projects around the world, including Ethiopia, Mozambique, Haiti, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Bahamas, Jamaica and the United Kingdom.
A goodwill offering for Willet's ministry will be accepted at the service, said Bev Bales, church secretary, in addition to the regular church offering.
According to a press release, the band is continuing its efforts to "proclaim the gospel to the nations" with a U.S. tour; trips to Thailand, India, Haiti and countries in Africa; and its new full-length "Searchlight" worship album, which was released Aug. 26.