January 24, 2011
We’ve heard the Christmas Story, seen the Nativity Scene so many times but have we considered each character’s perspective and what their actions truly represent?
“Come to Jesus”, JEC Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship presentation attended by 400. The aim this year is to present another perspective of the Nativity scene.
The Sanctuary was set to bring the chosen five (5) characters (Mary, Joseph, Wise men, Anna & Innkeeper) to the audience by placing the scenes physically close to the audience, along the perimeter wall, thereby making the audience feel they are witnessing first-hand the characters speaking to them, intimately challenging them to respond in worship. The goal is to have a simple yet memorable, introspective, responsive worship.
Interspersed with the five scenes, we challenged the audience to respond in three ways:
1. Wise men scene:
What would we offer Jesus at His feet? Our broken lives, our children, our victories, our careers, our plans? Will we surrender all for His use? Like the Magi, who offered precious gifts not because the Lord needed anything to enrich Him because He owns everything. The laying of our personal ‘treasures’ at the foot of the cross says we esteem and treasure Jesus above all, and pray He accepts our worship.
2. During Innkeeper scene:
The challenge to give room for Jesus in our hearts, Evangelism portion where the Sinner’s prayer was led by Pastor Hem.
3. Candlelight portion:
Challenge to live by faith and not by sight, and proclaim Jesus to all! Be a light and salt of this world, until the return of Jesus. The birth of Jesus has great meaning for us. He is the way, the truth and the life. The only way to the Father in heaven.
The team prayed that the Lord God delights in our special worship and prayed this presentation finds favor in Him. Soon after the December 24, 2010 presentation, we were given the generous opportunity to present “COME TO JESUS” to at least 800 more people last January 3, 2011– surely a great way to start the new year!