CHRISTMAS 2014: SHINE

Our theme this Christmas was “Shine.” Our creative team was inspired by John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

Pre-Service / Countdown:

For our pre-service this year, we did something a bit different.  Usually we pre-record a 10 minute countdown that has various informational elements interspersed with humor from a couple of our staff members. This year, our 10 minute countdown had a live element instead. We sent Mark and Nate to do live segments from where we were shooting family photos for Christmas.

Once those segments were finished we played our parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” called “Shop it Off.”

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/Q109kFmIx0w

Opening:

For our opening, we created a drum element with three drummers: One played from a bass drum we suspended from the ceiling. The second played a bass drum from the stage. The third was on the drum set. While the drummers played, a video was played sharing our theme of light over darkness this year.  Following this, we sang O Come Let Us Adore Him, Joy To The World/Hark The Herald, O Holy Night and then had our welcome/greeting moment.

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Message Elements:

After the host moment, we transitioned by lowering a scrim during prayer. We did our own live version of Amena Brown’s spoken word as seen here: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KGWKDPNX – While the speaker delivered his lines, we projected key words from the script up on the scrim behind him. When he finished, our band played Lauren Daigle’s song “Light of the World” while we had a professional aerialist give her best artistic expression as inspired by this song.

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See the song and aerialist here:

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At the end of the service, we had four vocalists sing Pentatonix’s version of “Silent Night” as our guest services team started candle lighting throughout our auditorium.

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Never underestimate the power of a song!

December 21, 2014

We had something happen today in our services that has never happened before… we had a standing ovation happen in nearly every service. What caused this, you might ask. A really great video? No. lol A really sweet creative element? No. It was simply the song “Oh, Holy Night” as sung by Calvin Nowell.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/0DsGPR_pUBk

Never underestimate the power of a song.