Sunday Gallery: Greater Toronto Festival of Hope

Michael W. Smith performed on the third day of the Festival of Hope, which drew an average of 13,000 people each night.
Franklin Graham with the Tommy Coomes BandFranklin Graham used a candid story of getting a speeding ticket on his driving record to explain how God keeps no record of our wrongs. “Tonight, God has wiped the slate clean.”

Volunteer worshippingA Festival of Hope volunteer lifts her hands in worship as Michael W. Smith closes out the night.

Kari Jobe lifts handsKari Jobe performed several songs Sunday. “Let your faith be built up in this place tonight,” she said. “It’s called the Festival of Hope. Put your hope in Christ.”

Boy walks forwardA young boy is escorted down during the invitation. He later sat, legs crossed on the floor, talking with a counselor.

Dennis Agajanian gives the crowd a smile as they clap to his fast guitar picking.Dennis Agajanian gives the crowd a smile as they clap to his fast guitar picking.

Tommy Coomes BandSome of the Tommy Coomes Band on stage before Franklin Graham preached on Sunday.

Woman using sign languageSign language interpreters were available each night for the hearing impaired.

Toronto Mass ChoirThe Toronto Mass Choir helped Michael W. Smith sing “Agnus Dei.”

Hands were lifted high for the Lord.Hands were lifted high for the Lord.

Young men singingTwo young guys sing along with Michael W. Smith.

Franklin Graham bowing headFranklin Graham prayed the Sinner’s Prayer out loud with hundreds who came forward, Sunday night.

Some kneeled, others jumped, many clapped and waved their hands.Some kneeled, others jumped, many clapped and waved their hands.

Woman smiling as she's counseledA woman smiles as a Festival counselor walks her through the free materials BGEA gives those who come forward during the invitation.

Woman worshipsThis woman couldn’t contain herself as the arena filled with music.

DJ OpdiggyDJ Opdiggy kept the crowd going all three nights.

Michael W. Smith with open hands“Just love people,” Michael W. Smith told those in attendance. “There’s no ‘plan b’ (for demonstrating love). We’re it.”

Crowd worshipsAll three nights were filled with worship.

Diane ClemonsToronto native Diane Clemons steps on stage to draw support for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.

Greater Toronto Festival of Hope audienceThere were hardly any empty seats left at the Air Canada Centre during the Greater Toronto Festival of Hope. Tens of thousands more watched live online.