A View from the Tree
by Erin Carroll
I've been listening to Christmas music in my car since August. If you fall into the "don't put up your Christmas tree until after Thanksgiving" camp, you may think it's especially odd that someone would start listening to Christmas music in August.
I'm in the choir, and we rolled out our Christmas music in August. I've been listening ever since. On the way to school every morning, my children have their favorites that they request, and I think they may have more of the songs memorized than I do!
In June this year, I told a friend of mine in the Alto section that I couldn't wait to start rehearsing Christmas music and preparing for the Singing Christmas Tree. I love the music. I love the spirit of the season. And I really love the sense of community that is built through those choir rehearsals. We have had a handful of extra rehearsals in the last few months, and it's just extra time that we get to all spend together and worship together.
There's something incredibly special that happens when the Christmas carol you've been singing your whole life suddenly becomes a worship song.
The words come to life. They take meaning and are no longer just words you memorized as a child. And we've had the privilege of being able to sing these songs and worship in our cars and in our homes and in the Singing Christmas Tree rehearsals for months as we prepare to bring the message of our Savior's birth to the people of Columbia.
My view from inside the tree is incredibly different from the view that most people will have. Even from twenty feet up on such an incredible structure, I can see the faces of the people in the audience. I can make out familiar faces as they experience the amazing light show. I can see parents of kindergartners smiling at their child who is singing for the first time in the performance. And at each performance, something moves me in a new way.
As we prepare and rehearse, I pray that my heart is always open to receive the message and the story of Christ's birth and what a gift that was to all of us so long ago. What a humble arrival and what a world-changing moment. He came to change the world, and as just one voice in the Singing Christmas Tree, I have the privilege and responsibility to share that message with the people in my community.
The Singing Christmas Tree is a spectacular performance! The lights will blow you away. The talent is incredible. The orchestra is world class and all the members of the church that come together to bring the message and entertain the audience are so impressive!
But as you sit in the pew and watch this beautiful show, my prayer is that you know that Jesus came for everyone. He came to save us because we so desperately need him. The Singing Christmas Tree will entertain you and put you in the Christmas spirit. But, most importantly, the Singing Christmas Tree so beautifully tells the story of our Savior and our desperate need for Him. As a choir member, it's like a revival week with a brand new understanding each year of His birth, His life, His death, and the power of His resurrection.
Jesus is Alive!
Singing Christmas Tree
Friday, December 12 at 7pm
Saturday, December 13 at 2:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2:30pm & 5:30pm