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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I'd be embarrassed to tell you what we paid for tickets to see the Rockette's Christmas program at Radio City. But it really was wonderful. However, it isn't the best Christmas program I've seen this year. That would have to be the one performed this past Sunday by the children from our neighborhood. With a stage full of angels and shepherds, the children sang, prayed, and read scripture, powerfully telling the story of Jesus' birth. Sure there were a few unexpected moments -- like one of the angels bursting into tears for her mother -- but that was part of the power of the event. Hundreds (500? 600?) attended, about half Highland members and about half neighbors from the Colonial Apartments and Freedom Fellowship areas around our building. When Jayma sang the song about how children around the world imagine Jesus in different colors, I couldn't help but notice the great diversity in the audience (and the diversity with the dolls the younger angels were holding). We've watched Lindy grow up at Highland and when she sang "Welcome to our World," it was very moving. Later in the assembly her dad baptized someone from the neighborhood who's been coming for quite a while now. (And, of course, it was in her mom's heart that God placed much of this dream six years ago.) As I wrote recently, "location, location, location." What a joy to be in a spot where God wants us -- just to be able to see part of what he's up to!


  • HA! Well, we thought the same thing about the tickets...thankfully we were able to SOMEHOW get this awesome gig opening for them in Nashville with ZOE and so we got free tickets. I hate to say it was the free tickets part that really motivated me.

    Looking forward to seeing you in Fresno, bud. Is it possible that it's so soon??

    PS: I heard a rumor that Grant Boone is staging a production similar to the Rockette's Christmas Show in Abilene at the Civic Center. He's looking for a kick line. So far the people he's had audition are Val Durrington, Donna Hester, Camille Dickson, Mimi Barnard (in her feathers from 6 Flags days), and John Willis. Don't miss it...it will be worth the ticket price.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 12/06/2005 01:20:00 PM  

  • "Welcome to our World" is my favorite Christmas song, so I can just imagine that was a powerful moment with a special girl singing. Love hearing about the program, and yes you guys do have a great location! So glad you're staying.

    By Blogger Amy, at 12/06/2005 01:40:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    Praise God for working in, through, and in spite of the followers at Highland!

    "to see part of what he is up to..." part is so right...

    Wouldn't it be cool to get to see the smiles on those kids faces as they fall asleep singing their lines from their star performance?

    Or to listen in on the prayers of the moms as they thank God for sending angels to love their angels?

    I love you Mike!

    PS: Brandon, close, but not quite accurate. Boone is doing a combination of Dicken's and Christmas Vacation with you playing the really cute dancing ghost of the past and Bailey playing cousin Eddie.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/06/2005 09:03:00 PM  

  • We've got tickets for Mercy Me and SCC at the Rose Garden in Portland this Thursday. Luxury suite, no less. Don't ask me how I got them. However, the highlight of my Christmas music this week will be on Saturday when I watch my 13 y/o son perform with our local youth symphony.

    By Blogger Rick, at 12/06/2005 09:32:00 PM  

  • I love hearing about the church sharing its most precious stories with others - and even more so when we include our neighbors and community in the process.

    Kudos to Highland for your work and for the diversity found in the process!

    By Blogger Kyle, at 12/06/2005 10:27:00 PM  

  • You shouldn't be embarrassed but glad to admit that....I was starting to think that you had missed out on your trip b/c you didn't go to radio city. Everyone that I talk to that has been to NY always mention radio city and the rockettes and what an amazing show it is. Glad you went and enjoyed it !

    By Blogger GITCHA, at 12/07/2005 09:06:00 AM  

  • That Christmas production is something I miss greatly about HCC. Such a joy to see the holy cluster that happens when you get all of those precious children together.
    May God continue to bless that ministry at Highland.

    By Blogger Eric, at 12/07/2005 10:59:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    I was absolutely and totally blessed by the kids AND adults Sunday night. One of the biggest thrills was seeing the number of our new southside neighbors attending.

    There was such a beautiful melding of the oft-repeated story of our LORD's birth told with the freshness and joyful abandon that only children can bring to the telling. This was especially tender since many of these children had never been in a program and certainly not one telling the story of Jesus.

    It was SO beautiful!! And it's so wonderful to be a part of Highland's outreach into our neighborhoods with warm welcomes!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/07/2005 12:10:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    What a wonderful testimony of a church that is impacting its community. The temptation is always to move away from the apartment complexes but praise God you bring the good news to them!

    Sounded like a great program.

    By Blogger KMiV, at 12/07/2005 01:23:00 PM  

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