It’s hard to know how to approach Christmas. How do you peel back layers of consumerism and political-correctness to get back to the true story of God’s gift of Himself to the world without sounding cliché?
Well, you might pull together an army of unpaid servants who have experienced that gift, hand them a brilliant script written by an inspired woman, surround them with generous and talented technicians led by a rock star technical director, fill the air with rich sound effects created by a faithful music pastor, place them on a set designed by a video and production genius, narrate the emotional contours of their story through music with the voice of a raw and authentic worship leader, and trust your ace programming director to keep it all tied together. That’s been our strategy tonight, and I’ve been blown away as the arts team brings the experience of A Christmas Carol to our community over and over again through 6 live services and 1 online for thousands of people.
I’m grateful to a staff that has led with tenacity through the challenges involved in a production like this, and even more thankful for the volunteers who gave themselves to this work so that Michiana might know that God isn’t deaf to prayers like this:
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, o Israel.
Here’s a picture of the crew from our rehearsal Sunday night (thanks to Mark Beeson for the shot).
Whether you were at GCC or somewhere else tonight, I hope you head into Christmas tomorrow with eyes wide open to God's gift to us in His son, Jesus.