The Parachute Diaries: Sunday Night: My Redeemer Lives

After Kutless finished up I raced off to the Mainstage to see the second half of The Ember Days set. At this point I bumped into some friends from my church, just as they asked people to pray for the person next to them. Having just come across from the worship that ended the Kutless gig I was completely amped and just launched into prayer for my mates, something I rarely and often struggle to do in other circumstances.

The Ember Days playing on The Mainstage
The Ember Days playing on The Mainstage
The Ember Days
The Ember Days
Matt Burrowes from The Ember Days
Matt Burrowes from The Ember Days

Magnify followed The Ember Days and went off! They finished off their set with Brad Dring from Rapture Ruckus joining them on stage to perform Blown Away and with a few minutes remaining Ric Knott let Rapture lose to do some freestyle rapping/worship, it was unique and awesome. It was also cool to have Ric Knott tell the crowd to go and buy The Ember Days CD because “That was just awesome”.

Following this I decided to sort out dinner. However, as I walked away from the Mainstage I was stopped as three 14 year old kids took to the stage to perform a song. “The Israelites” had played earlier in the day on the Debut stage and were so good they got invited to perform on the Mainstage between acts. The kids may have been only 14 but they were something special, The Israelites took to the stage with no anxiety, no fear and just ripped it up, watch out for these guys in the future.

David Crowder Band took to the stage at 9.20pm and I was in my usual spot about five rows from the front right in the middle. As expected they were just awesome and they even remembered to bring their modified Guitar Hero guitar and played it on stage during a song.

Parachute should definitely bring David Crowder Band back for another year. They are one of those worship bands that everyone connects with and some special happens when they play. Words just cannot describe the experience.

After David Crowder I waited anxiously in the moshpit for Casting Crowns, not exactly knowing what to expect. The only song of theirs that I knew was Lifesong, and that is what they opened up their set with.

Luckily for me Sunday night is the worship night at Parachute so the lyrics are placed on the video screens. Most of Casting Crowns songs I had vaguely heard before, but what surprised me was the number of people who knew their songs off by heart. In a way it just shows you what going to an alternative church that mostly uses their own songs does for you. Te he.

Casting Crowns were a lot like Third Day and personally after David Crowder Band I would have preferred someone like Chris Tomlin. Having said that by the end of their set Casting Crowns had won me over with an awesome cover of Hillsong’s My Redeemer lives (which was slightly funny because the one song I knew, no one else around me knew, and the song isn’t that old), and a wicked drum solo.

And after that my night was over. I had listened to music for almost eight hours straight, running between stages as quickly as I could stopping only to hydrate and eat so I could keep going some more. But it was worth it, probably the best day I have ever had at a Parachute Festival.