Jesus is the reason for the season! This popular gospel Christmas song resonates with the theme for this year’s Christmas Celebration at Abundant Grace: Son of God.
Last weekend, more than 800 people congregated to celebrate the greatest gift of all. The church auditorium was full of beautiful faces (members and lots of first time visitors) beaming with joy as they caught the spirit of Christmas. The service kicked off with 2 melodious numbers by our guest choir, Concordia Treble Choir, and transitioned into a special rendition of Joy to the World, leading into, later on in the service, a new song King of All and Glorious, a favourite here at our church. Following worship, we enjoyed 3 special musical sets. Pastor Rick Cryder preached about the reason for the spectacular extravaganza, the advent of Jesus Christ – the good news of Christmas.
This year’s Christmas production marked the debut of some new talents on stage (Alex and Robert on piano for Fur Elise; Wendy on piano for What Child is This) as well as a magnificent 12-member choir.
A key highlight of the service was the Silent Night special set as delivered by little Madeleine, Emily and Sam. It was quite exhilarating to watch many children waiting on the steps after the Itsy Bitsy Christmas story, to wave their glow sticks to the song. The lights went down, children and parents who had glow sticks bent them giving a shimmery effect. As the first two words of the song were sung, the entire assembly joined softly in the singing. It was an awe-inspiring moment and one could literally feel the calmness in the room.
This blurb will definitely be incomplete without highlighting the elaborate So Will I dance, which was wonderfully performed by a trio of professional dancers, 12 star bearers and some children who posed as sea creatures, all telling about the creativity of God; and last but not least the Little Drummer Boy set, which was rather epic! There was a real buzz about this final set of the afternoon. As the 3 drummers dressed in ‘nutcracker’ costumes made their appearance and started drumming, many who were already on the way out to the Makers Market couldn’t help but return for this final bit. The stage was full of passion and joy and laughter as we sang and drummed in concert. The Christmas spirit was brought to full bloom. What a jaw-dropping display of slick drumming.
It is worth acknowledging that this year’s Christmas Celebration had quite a slew of moving parts, the planning of which was done by the Creative Leadership team and Special Events leader. But none of it would have materialised without our wonderful volunteers, over 50 volunteers, who gave selflessly of their time and talents during the run-up and put their best foot forward to make it all a success. Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation!
It was truly a blessing to witness it all – from planning through the multiple rehearsals to the actual event. The best Christmas production yet!
Alfred O. Boakye