NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A non-denominational Christian outdoor praise gathering is planned for Saturday in Nacogdoches at a football stadium.
Nacogdoches Night of Worship, or NOW, has a winning record in bringing worshipers of all faiths together.
It may be a first. Pastors were working out praise service details in the press box of the Nacogdoches High School Dragon Stadium Thursday. Their goal is to fill at least the home-side stands with worshipers.
"We fill the stadiums on Friday Night Lights, and we hope to fill the stadium to worship Jesus Christ this Saturday night," said Charlie Colgan, First Christian Church's senior pastor.
It's likely to happen. Organizers say they're outgrowing the churches.
"The first event had over 500 people show up," Colgan said. "Our second one had nearly 800. And this one, we could be expecting a couple thousand people in East Texas coming."
About two dozen churches participate in the periodic non-denominational services. The idea came about when various churches worked together repairing houses as a summer mission. They asked, "If we can work together, why can't we also worship together?"
"And so as we do that," said Pastor Stan King with Impact Cowboy Church. "We're going to see a change happen in this city like we've never seen before."
Nac NOW is seeking unity among people of different faiths, socioeconomic status, and races.
The fact that it's going to be at Dragon Field gives Pastor Rod Jones with Nacogdoches Bible Church a chance to pull out all his football metaphors.
"It's not about the team you say you're affiliated with," Jones said. "It's about the quarterback of the universe, Jesus Christ. He is the only one that has won the sudden-death game of eternity when he redeemed mankind."
The pastors are clearly leaders, but they leave it all at the door when entering a Nac NOW service.
"None of them want to be recognized," said Tiki Perkins, a participant and a coordinator. "They don't want their names spoken. They don't want the names of their churches spoken because we want it to be all about God."
Numerous secular Christmas events are planned in Nacogdoches for Saturday. All event planners are graciously sharing the evening.
"I think the logistics of it will work fine," said Pastor Joe Dagastino with the Church of the Nazarene. "Take your time at the parade and head over to see the fireworks and be here by 7."
And Nac Night Of Worship allows the day to end with thoughts of the true meaning of Christmas.
Nac Night of Worship is Saturday at Nacogdoches High School Dragon Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Praise and music begins at 7 p.m.
The service is free. Click here for more information about the event and the mission.