November 23, 2005

Passion Toronto

Andrew, Elaine and I were able to go and volunteer at the Passion Toronto concert. We skipped the thousands of people lining up at the main doors, and proceeded into a side entrance. It was a cold night -- I really pity all the students who waited out there in the cold -- however I'm sure it was worth the wait and the cold.

The entire night was geared towards campus ministry and outreach. They called it a concert for students and it really was. Louie Giglio spoke intermittently between each of the worship leaders (Charlie Hall, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder) who took turns praising God with a few of their hits. Between sessions we would pray in triplets for the campus movement, for students to open their hearts, and for the Spirit to do His wonderous works.

Andrew and I both agreed that Tomlin got the best reception. He was sandwiched between Hall and Crowder.

Giglio used pictures from the Hubble Telescope to illustrate how small and insignificant we were, and how amazing and wonderful our Lord is. He bombarded us with images of various galaxies literally billions of miles away. They were breathtaking, each image glorifying the awesome power of God. Here is my favorite one, known has the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51):

After all the pictures he brought things into perspective by showing a picture of Christ on the cross, taken from the movie Passion of the Christ. It was a stark image that quieted down the entire arena of 5000+. There he hung battered and slashed up, the Christ who died for us, the almighty creator of this vast universe that he had just shown us.

Then he brought up this image that basically blew me away, it took everything he had shown us to a single point. It's probably just a coincidence but after the image of Christ hanging on the cross, and then bringing out this picture we all kind of gasped in wonder. Here is an image of the very centre, the nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy:

You placed the stars in the sky
And You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful
Awestruck we fall to our knees
As we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God


akt said...

Wow, thanks for that post; sounds like the Spirit is working in that crowd for campus ministry and beyond! yay!

michellejl said...


fruwho said...

Hey ebrian,

Thanks for your post, I'm just looking up some all over Ontario seeing what people say about Passion T.O.

The picture of Christ blew me away as well. Louie really led up to that well. It caught me off guard. It reminded me of so much. It brought the whole idea of having idols that he mentioned earlier so much more clearer in my heart.

Just thought I'd say hello,
God bless,
Catherine (in Kitchener)