The Christmas Story

As a child we would all gather as a family at grandpa and grandma’s house on Christmas day. There we would eat, share gifts, and enjoy each other’s company. The highlight was when grandma would recite the Christmas Story found in Luke 2 from memory. I can still picture her standing in the living room saying, “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

She was an amazing woman and I miss her very much. As a tribute to her and in honor of Christmas I have posted the New King James Version of Luke 2.

Merry Christmas,

Shaun

 

Christ Born of Mary

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seenHim, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Excellence – Confucius

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

– Confucius

It Takes Two – Preparing for Christmas

Sometimes you learn from other’s experiences, but sometime’s you learn by making the same mistake twice. This year we thought our Christmas eve service would be rather “simplistic” and therefore there was no need for two nights of rehearsal. Typically we would dedicate a night for Tech and Band to work out their various areas, then the second night would be run throughs. This is really how it needs to be, regardless of the production intricacy level. However this year, we thought because the service was on the “easier” side, we could do it in one night. 30 minuets into the rehearsal it became evident that, that was a poor decision – one we won’t make again.

Having time to work through lighting cues, lead guitar parts, and video timing without the pressure of getting the transitions down right or feeling stressed really helps the whole service come together. As an audio guy, I really need this time to tweak and dial in the mix. The lighting guy has free rein to make adjustment and finalize his cues (as long as the band has their music stands lit up.)

So, do yourself a favor and don’t under estimate the time it takes for everyone to just get their minds around their part of the service. Give them adequate time, then when it’s time to actually see it all come together you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Merry Christmas and Happy Services!