Silence in Molson Theatre

by | May 17, 2011 | Control, Provision

“Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (Ps 33:2-4 NIV)

It’s amazing what a powerful tool music can be for witnessing. Who would have thought that it can touch people right at their very core and lead them straight to Jesus?

As we were waiting in the long, torturous lines to enter the Molson Theater in Toronto, we were surrounded by various different kinds of individuals. It was clear that many were non-believers, while others were believers. Although it was very hot and we were starting to radiate distastefully foul odors, all of us, believers and non-believers alike, stayed in that line!

It’s true that many of us tried to find shelter under the few available trees. Some had been wise enough to bring umbrellas, but the vast majority suffered in silence as we melted away at least a pound every minute. But we didn’t mind. We were all too focussed on our goal: The Hillsong United concert! What a relief when we were finally ushered into the theatre and allowed to sit down under the cover that protected this particular outdoor theatre. It wasn’t long before the line-ups at the food stands were longer than the line-ups had been outside, and it wasn’t too much of a surprise when we learned that the vending machines had completely run out of drinks!

Once the concert was under way I was astounded by the number of people who were putting their hearts and souls into worshipping Jesus. In fact, no one was pouting or putting fingers in their ears. Instead, everyone, completely carried away by the awesome presence of God’s Spirit, was thoroughly engaged in intent concentration, hanging onto each and ever word being sung.

As I looked around, I noticed that each person in attendance had his own, unique way of worshipping God. Some were singing out at the top of their lungs, others were muttering the words, and still others were just listening. Some had their eyes closed in deep meditation, while most of the crowd stood with their eyes lifted heavenward. Most of us were jumping up and down, dancing, waving our hands in the air, or rocking back and forth, but some were on bended knees, and others just sat and stared at the band, their faces filled with adoration…

When the band stopped to introduce their youth pastor, pastor Dooley, I anticipated that many would be disrespectful. Instead, the Molson Theater was completely silent! Wait! This was unheard of! No one was even stirring when Pastor Dooley shared his message!

As he was preaching, my eyes moved outside the theatre, to the electricity-generating windmills in the distance, and I couldn’t help but be reminded that God’s Spirit is indeed in control! We were on sacred ground, and most in attendance obviously realized this! More than 1800 people gave their heart to the One who really cares that night! It was truly an evening of rejoicing!

There are many ways to witness, but the best one is when God’s Holy Spirit takes over. Our only task is to be willing, true, and jubilant about the One we truly love!

“And I’ll take up the lute and thank you to the tune of your faithfulness, God. I’ll make music for you on a harp, Holy One of Israel. When I open up in song to you, I let out lungsful of praise, my rescued life a song. All day long I’m chanting about you and your righteous ways.” (Ps 71:22-24 The Message)

“Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof – Public Sinner Number One!” (1 Tim 1:15 The Message)

P. S. A message to all parents out there: Planning to take your kids to an outdoor Christian concert? Bring an umbrella! It’s handy against both rain and heat, and it can even be used to save a seat!

Rob Chaffart


Silence in Molson Theatre