Monthly Archives: December 2011

More Snow

We had a great time with the snow to close our services (during “Silent Night”) on Christmas Eve. Some things we learned:
1. Don’t eat it;
2. You have to get a feel for the airflow of your room to know where to place the machines, so make sure you have enough to practice with;
3. This particular type “melted” and left no residue, but tended to “clump” very easily, so sometimes you had snowballs falling (rather than snowflakes);
4. Don’t eat it!

One nice thing was that it would spread slowly out into the crowd as it was dissipating, and the kids really enjoyed that!


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LED Candles

A Quick Poll:
The staging item that we used most often over the course of the past year?

LED candles! They’re comparatively inexpensive, and give a nice vibe. Our TD doesn’t like the vanilla smell that they exude, however…

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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Worship Staging


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Christmas Lights

We put some actual trees on the platform for Christmas Eve, each one wrapped with a TON of lights (ie. 60+ long strands). Lots of work, but the results were greater than photos are able to show. Very cool – this look was taken at the Christmas Eve rehearsal – it was the look for the congregational “The First Noel” (Crowder’s version).

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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Christmas, Worship Staging


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Luke 2 (part 1)

The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.


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There’s Snow Business…

Who said there’s no snow in Indianapolis this Christmas?

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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Christmas, Holidays


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Being Unique

We’re in the middle of a 5-service Christmas Eve run at Northview. We were packed out last night, and the services, a far as I could tell, really impacted people. As I was thinking today, I realized that there wasn’t a single original element in the service – ie. there’s nothing that I could look at and say “No one has ever done that before.”
And that’s OK… I really believe that the relentless drive for “originality” among us creative types is a combination of ego and insecurity. We need to prove ourselves, or separate ourselves from the crowd – I know I’ve been guilty of that in the past – and that’s really about us, not the people that we’re here to serve. The real question is: “What’s best for the congregation?” I can look at the services this year and say “They were meaningful and of excellent quality.” They gave the congregation a chance both to engage and experience, and, I hope, honored God in the process, and that’s what it’s all about! If the services were good, the originality factor is optional…

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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Creative Planning


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Silent Night

Question: Does every Christmas service have to have Silent Night in it?
Answer: YES!

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Christmas, Holidays


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