Midnight Worship is changing its tune.
Nick Gonzales, sophomore worship ministry major from Odessa, has taken over from worship leader Michael Guillot, who was the worship leader the last three years.
Midnight Worship is a service that takes place at midnight most Fridays at The Well in Abilene. Students can get a spiritual formation credit for attending the worship. Between 250-300 students from ACU, Hardin Simmons and McMurry University attend each week.
Gonzales said what he hopes to maintain is the heart that midnight worship has had for years.
“Midnight Worship isn’t an organization that is meant to preach on Friday night,” Gonzales said. “It’s not meant to do anything other than give students an opportunity to feel God’s presence at the end of the week.”
Keely Smith, a senior music major from Fort Worth, said Midnight Worship doesn’t follow any specific denomination, and anyone is invited to come be a part of it.
“Midnight Worship doesn’t specifically follow a certain type of worship,” Smith said. “However, if you were to ‘label’ it, it would be considered a contemporary, non-denominational worship service.”
New worships leaders were needed because Michael Guillot will graduate in May, and he wanted to help the new worship team step into their role while he was still in Abilene.
Smith said it was time for Gonzales to learn the ropes while Guillot was still in town.
“Originally Michael Guillot led worship, but being that he is a senior and will be graduating this May,” Smith said, “the worship leader who has assumed his position is Nick Gonzales, who is a sophomore and will be able to lead for the period of time that he is attending ACU.”
Sarah Ross, a sophomore worship ministry major from Houston, said if students want to volunteer to help with midnight worship they have positions available.
“There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer,” Ross said. “Right now, Midnight Worship is at The Well, and so every night we come in and put down tape where the chairs are, stack the chairs, run the slides, sweep the floor, make sure everything is clean afterwards, put back the chairs and take down sometimes the things we use on stage.”