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Holy Week Recap

What an amazing week in the life of LowCountry this year. We began with Palm Sunday and our Worship Community. It was an unusual Sunday in that I chose a couple of specials  - one before and one after the Message that really connected to our series. Here was our setlist:

"Marvelous Light"

"Salvation is Here"


"Because of Love" - Natalie Grant


"Moving Forward" - Israel Houghton

IMG_2547 We had a Maundy Thursday service from 11 am - 1 pm at both campuses. This is a drop-in service that guides you through four stations. It takes about 20 minutes. Attached here is the guide we provided for everyone that attended.

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Easter Weekend was awesome! We had record attendance at the HHI Campus - 300! We did one giant tent outside and the weather was gorgeous! We had Brandon and Kim Smith join our team to lead worship with me. Here was our setlist:

"All Because of Jesus"


"No One Like" - New song from Tad Tatum at Newspring - AWESOME!

"Christ is Risen" - Matt Maher


"Jesus Paid it All"


"Happy Day"

As only God would do, we were able to announce the location of a new facility that we believe is the future home of LCC-Hilton Head Island. CLICK HERE to watch the announcement.

BP, our tech director, and David Warren, lighting "guru," did an AMAZING job at both campuses with an install at the Bluffton Campus of new front fills and lighting (more lights are on the way! We are waiting on a slow boat from China...seriously!) and providing ALL the production for Easter at the Island Campus. They are THE BEST!

Of course, ProPresenter decided to crash right as we were about to start on the Island. It hasn't done that like...ever! Of course, it's Easter and this is just what happens. Thankfully, we got it back up and it worked great for our service!

IMG_2567 Eric did a terrific job leading worship for all four services in Bluffton. Here's a stage shot from Saturday night during the countdown. He is SUCH an awesome part of our team and is doing a FABULOUS job leading worship and investing in our team! We had a little over 2000 at four services in Bluffton. Praise God! We had over 80 decisions made between both campuses for Christ!

What a tremendous week! I pray your Holy Week was a spirit-filled experience!

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Sunday Recap - Hillsong NYC

Hillsonglogo  I had the privilege to be in Manhattan this past weekend visiting friends and doing the "tourist thing."I love NYC so much. I've always loved the city from visiting as a tourist since 1995. However, living there a couple of years as a part of The Gallery Church plant from 2005-2007 really gave me a sincere passion for NYC and its people to meet Jesus.

I got to attend Hillsong NYC on Sunday morning an awesome experience. It was so cool to attend a NYC church that has been recently planted and see the passion for the city just "ooze" out of the staff there. The service was so inspiring and the worship...yeah, it was like drinking from a fire hydrant for this worship leader!

Here was the service flow...

  • Pre-service  - 5 MIN VIDEO - Great footage of the cities and communities that Hillsong has existing church plants. It was powerful!
  • Worship - 25 minutes - Joel Houston
  • Welcome - 5 minutes  - Lead Pastor, Carl Lentz
  • Greet - "4 Minutes of Forced Fellowship" - This was fantastic! They used a countdown clock on the screen and served water and mini-muffins. It was terrific!
  • Offering - Scripture Reading on Giving
  • Song - reprise
  • Message - this happened 50 minutes into the service - I really loved that!
  • Invitation for Pre-Christians - hand-raised indication of accepting Christ
  • Song reprise
  • Invitation to Christ-followers - come forward invitation- I loved how Pastor Carl did it separately - it was so meaningful - he asked us to pray over these that were making decisions.
  • Song reprise/Band played out - 90 Minute service total

It is such a powerful thing as a worship leader to attend a service and participate. I was inspired, encouraged, challenged, and spiritually refreshed. I know I have blogged about this before, but I honestly believe that attending services as a participant truly makes me a more authentic and inspired worship leader for my congregation. If you are a worship leader, I hope that you will take the opportunity to be a participant on a regular basis. You will experience things that you cannot experience when you are leading. Just do it!

Thanks to Joel, Carl, and the HillsongNYC team for such an amazing service. You guys are in my prayers. God bless your mission and your journey in NYC!

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