It was a joy to worship on Good Friday with Chris Tomlin and Christians from Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the states surrounding the area as we gathered in unity to commemorate the Holy weekend of Christ’s burial and resurrection. What was truly remarkable about the sold-out concert that was held at the Bridgestone Arena, was Chris’ act of humility–all of the proceeds went to two foster care charities: Tennessee Kids Belong and TN Foster Campaign. Additionally, Chris pledged that due to the overwhelming turnout of nearly 15,000 attendees, that there would be Good Friday concerts at the arena for the next seven years.
Of his many signature songs, “God of Calvary” and “I Will Rise,” were perfectly fitting for the occasion.
It was a dazzling night of worship as we reverently sang, “How Great Thou Art” and Chris invited the audience to light up the arena with their phones.
Sharing the stage were Zack Williams and Big Daddy Weave–who sang “Chainbreaker”–in addition to Mosaic MSC, Matt Maher, author Max Lucado, and a surprise appearance from Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.
Chris’ delivery was as energetic as teenager as he strummed his guitar, leaped across the stage and led the harmonious crowd. At the end of the event, he invited a 17-year-old youth worship leader on stage and shared his testimony of being a teenager with a desire to lead people in worship. You never know how the Lord will use you, he told the young man, and blessed him with a free guitar for encouragement.