By Caleb Parke
I highly recommend you go see “Hillsong-Let Hope Rise” in theaters NOW!
The film opens up by inviting the audience to participate in the “theatrical worship experience.” You join the band as they prepare for a major concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston, is front and center in telling the story of how Hillsong Church and the band UNITED (“the biggest band you’ve never heard of“) came to be – from their humble beginnings in Sydney, Australia to what life is like on the road and how their music touches people from all walks of life all around the world.
My favorite parts:
When Taya Smith, many might know her as the girl who sings “Oceans,” talks about how she’s just a “country girl” and tears up as she talks about how God has used her in such a powerful way. You’re sure to fall in love with her honesty and humility, as well as when others in the band share what it’s like for their families. I was surprised to find out they live on a salary less than a school teacher.
I love that you get to see some humble parts — like Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston visiting the little building where they had their first service in 1983, which is now a public library today — to seeing them serve, the band visiting Compassion children in the slums of Manila.
My favorite part is when they do a montage of “Mighty to Save,” showing people from all different walks and places singing the song — with one person singing a line or verse, then an entire group in another part of the world — I definitely teared up at this part. It’s overwhelming to think about how God uses this one worship song to bring so many different people to Him.
[Watch the exclusive clip “Might to Save” below!]
It’s clear in the film that Hillsong has one mission: to bring people to Jesus.
And you’re part of it:
The film is the first of its kind – a “theatrical worship experience” – so you need to go to the theater to experience it. You get to sing some of your favorite worship songs right there in the theater.
And the best part is it’s different with every showing because there are different people creating the atmosphere…so you get a chance to worship with friends and complete strangers. You could change someone’s life just by raising your voice, lifting your hands, and increasing the faith in the room.
(Now that might be a first for movie theaters across this nation.)
I hope and pray you get to experience this part most of all.
For more here’s a snippet from my piece on Fox Nation:
“Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” is emotional, captivating, and real.
It does something Hollywood doesn’t do too often — tugging deeper than heartstrings, appealing to your soul.