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April 2015 News

Continuous praise fills the city over Easter weekend

  • Written by  Brooke Duncan
People came and went over the 72 hours, but the worship didn’t stop over the Easter weekend. Photo: Brooke Duncan

Over the Easter weekend a continuous praise and worship event lasted for 72 hours at St Stephens Uniting Church in Neil Street Toowoomba.

72 Hours of Praise and Worship began in 2013 as the brainchild of Easterfest organisers David Schenk and Drew Vallejos. Now in its third year it continues to make a difference over the festival.

Organiser Evan Shelton said that at its core the 72 hours are about creating an atmosphere of praise and worship that covers the city. 

“Our heart for this venue is unique in that it’s not a performance venue. This venue is about creating a worshipful atmosphere that will permeate the city.”

St Stephens was a beautiful location for the event, the raked ceiling and stained glass windows lent themselves to the atmosphere of reflection.

Over the weekend singers expressing heartfelt words of praise were joined by people in quiet reflection, some singing, some holding hands out in silent supplication.

Volunteer Harrison Linnell said the 72 hours were excellent.

“It’s so good, I love it. It such a great thing,” he said.

Harrison has struggled with abuse, drugs, previously been homeless and attempted suicide three times but said God had changed his life. 

“Some people don’t see Christ loves them, so we have to love them for him,” he said.

Evan said 72 Hours of Praise and Worship brings variety to the Easterfest festival and they work hard to involve as many denominations as possible. 

This year those denominations included Anglican, Uniting, non-denominational and Catholic churches.

“I think it helps to bring diversity,” Evan said. “It allows a wide cross-section of churches to contribute.”

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