HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE
Acclaimed Worship Film Arrives In Time For Christmas
Available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on December 20 and Digital HD on December 6
When I reviewed this film for its September release I recall thinking how I looked forward to it being released on DVD so I could watch it again with my family. Our family loves good music and we love to know as much as we can about the people and heart behind the music we love. This film brought a level of reality to the band members allowing us to see them and their families as real life people and more than the people we see on stage for a couple of hours.
I truly appreciated how honest and open the members of Hillsong were in this film. They made themselves vulnerable in ways many bands don’t choose to do. Realizing their commitment to creativity and devotion to the leading of the Holy Spirit as well as accountability to their church’s leadership was a breath of fresh air that brought inspiration and comfort.
As this film is released on December 20th on BlueRay, DVD and in digital format, I encourage you to grab a copy or stream it to watch with your friends and family.
Here is a portion of my original review along with a link to read it in its entirety.
Let Hope Rise Movie Review, September 13
By Andrea Stunz
“God created music for the sole purpose of it being used to worship Him, to connect the people, the human heart, our soul, with Him.” (Joel Houston, Hillsong)
The “wildly popular mega church” in Sydney, Australia began in 1983 with less than 100 worshippers. Hillsong has now grown to over 30,000 in Australia and 75,000 globally, including churches in London, Paris, Kiev and Cape Town. *statistics from Hillsong – Let Hope Rise
As I watched the movie screener for what media is calling a “theatrical worship experience” I feverishly took notes and have more quotes, thoughts, and inspirations than I could possibly fit into this article. So you’ll just have to watch the movie. My takeaways will provide me with a treasure trove of spiritual ponderings for days to come. Perhaps you won’t need to have pen and paper on the ready but be sure to ready your heart.
“Sometimes we get really good at attaching our thoughts and ideas to these moments of inspiration and calling them God’s. I don’t want to do that.” (Joel Houston, Hillsong)
The church’s and the band’s approach, as it came across to me in the film, is to sing with and not to. To sing with the people and not to them. For it not to be a concert but a true worship experience. The only singing to that they want to take place is a community of hearts and mouths joined together singing to our God in worship. It was apparent to me that what started as teaching and worshipping God with grateful and humble hearts in 1983 continues on in 2016.
“We have no explanation for what we are doing and seeing. We’re the biggest band you’ve never heard of.” (Jad Gillies, Hillsong)
During the course of the film, we get a glimpse into a few of the band member’s personal lives. I was impressed that their families count the work they do at home as a support to the ministry of Hillsong and not a drudgery. As they do the dishes and change the diapers at home, they feel very much a part of what their husbands are doing on the stage. It is a welcome attitude in comparison to the one we see most often with families “left” at home that looks more like resentment.
“It’s tough on families. It’s not worth it on what we’re being paid but it is worth it for what we’re doing.” (Jad Gillies, Hillsong)
Order the BlueRay, DVD or watch the Digital on all major platforms.