Monday will be the “final public worship service on Asbury University’s campus,” the administration announced Sunday.
After tens of thousands of people flooded the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky, “the university in consultation with local law enforcement and city administration notified incoming visitors that parking and seating had exceeded capacity” Sunday afternoon.
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The last service open to the public is scheduled for Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. EST, according to the school’s website.
The Christian university held its final public evening service Sunday night which ended at 10 p.m. (You can rewatch the service here.)
Asbury University’s president, Dr. Kevin J. Brown, said they reversed their decision to livestream the services due to the high demand.
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“We look to other schools, other churches, or ministry communities as co-commissioners in this movement that’s taking shape before us,” Brown said in a video announcement.
“My heart is for this young generation, and whatever happens from here, our deep desire is to see a life-transforming renewal of our younger generations to faithfully serve their communities, their schools, their churches, and their professions — to see them go into the difficult and dark places in the world and to be light.”
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Brown also posted the following statement on background:
At the completion of a regularly scheduled chapel service on February 8, 2023, at Asbury University, students lingered to pray, worship, and share. They have not stopped and, moreover, have been joined far and wide by hungry men and women across the world who desire to seek the Lord in this space. Since the first day, there have been countless expressions and demonstrations of radical humility, compassion, confession, consecration, and surrender unto the Lord. We are witnessing the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
We continue to seek to discern the right balance between orderliness for our university students, faculty, and staff and our campus visitors—and creating space for individuals to have a life-transforming, Christ-centered encounter.
We are also tremendously thankful for the men and women who have worked so hard and diligently to create space for this special move of God. Hosting such a significant moment comes with a cost—and the goodwill and humility of our community has been inspiring. Finally, we cannot fully express the profound gratitude we have for stewarding this outpouring in the life of our school and beyond. Ultimately, we pray that our efforts in these days point to our Savior.
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