Nativity 2014 Has Come and Gone . . .
It is hard for me to believe that our Drive-Through Nativity is already over for 2014. So much work goes in to three nights of presentation (of course, I don't know how many of us would survive if we did it any more!), and everything looks so spectacular and full of life for those three nights.
I want to say thank you to all of you who gave up your afternoons or your evenings (or both) to make this Nativity a reality. I started naming names, then I kept discovering more people who served in ways I didn't even realize! Rather than leave anyone out (and we do have a space limit in these messages), I say thank you to everyone from our set builders to our decorators and costumers and food preppers and actors and child care workers and media gurus and fire keepers and traffic controllers and greeters and clean-up-ers. Something like this doesn't happen if the whole body isn't working together.
All of your work came together to produce something beautiful. You don't do it for the praise of men, but to praise our God, but I still give you my praise anyway. The nights get long and pretty cold, so I am grateful to be a part of a church that remains committed to this gift to our community.
Because many of you want to know, our census taker tells me that almost 2000 people drove through the Nativity this year, and that is in spite of Monday's dreary weather. So here's what we do next:
We know that many people who drove through are friends and family and community members who come every year. We need to pray that the story we shared takes root in a fresh way (or in the first way if that's the case). Even if 90% of the people who came through are "regulars", that still leaves 200 people who likely have never seen this Nativity before and may not even know the story of Jesus. That's who this is about. Pray that God continues to speak to them through our Nativity and that Jesus will be born in them for the first time this Christmas season. Glory to God in the highest!