After spending this past year on a country-wide church service tour, Kanye West is finally coming to Tempe. The ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper just recently announced that he is bringing his Sunday Service to the Valley this month for a free 12-hour event at Sun Devil Stadium. The name of the venue is not lost on us either.
Kanye spent virtually all of last year on a mission to spread the Christian gospel all across the country. The event has garnered much attention and names from Brad Paisley to DMX have been in attendance throughout the year. This turn to Christ comes after West spent most of 2018 being canceled by his peers for his support of president Donald Trump. It appears Kanye has gone through his own Damascus Road experience and now is dedicating his time to rebranding himself as a born again Christian dedicated to spreading the good news. This past fall the Chicago rapper released his 9th studio album entitled, Jesus is King.
The event in Tempe is called ‘Awaken 2020’ and will feature West along side his gospel group, The Sunday Service Choir and other speakers.
According to the release, the purpose of the event is to, “be a driving force in unifying many groups of people of our great nation when we come together in unity and love as the Power of God is released as He loves every person regardless of their background and brings breakthrough, hope and healing to all people in a time when our nation greatly needs it.”
The event is free to enter , however, attendees will need to register online beforehand. The event website describes the Awaken event as opening the door to a new era and a new decade of “signs and wonders, healing of the sick, and preaching of the gospel.”
This event in Tempe appears to be part of a larger project Kanye has in store for the year. Last year he appeared at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, and this year plans on doing a massive event with Osteen at Yankee Stadium in May called the ‘Night of Hope.’ Additionally, West plans on taking his Sunday Service global by touring across Europe and Africa, according to TMZ.
Throughout history the United States has seen a series of religious periods known as ‘great awakenings.’ The first great awakening, pioneered by figures like George Whitefield occurred around the year 1740. Since then there have been 4 other great awakenings each spearheaded by a variety of different faith leaders. Now however, it seems a 6th Great Awakening is upon us, led by none other than Kanye West. Others have already made the comparisons between Bill Graham’s revival events, bringing the church together across racial and denominational lines and Kanye’s new 21st century efforts to unite and spread the Christian message.
When: January 18th, 2020, 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Sun Devil Football Stadium
500 E Veterans Way
Tempe, AZ 85287