The choir is ready and so are the instrumentalists. You have been thinking about this and working on it for months. The promotional material is out the door and the technical preparations are complete. It’s game time and the countdown clock has started.
The Christmas presentation has arrived.
More people will be in your church for this presentation than almost any other moment of the year. For some churches, more people who don’t express a personal relationship with Christ will be present than are in your church the rest of the year.
It is now time to take the most important aspect of your preparation and put it in the forefront of you mind. You have been praying in every step of the process – the music selection, the solo choices, the staging, lighting, and more. Now that all of that is settled, it is time to focus your energy – and the energy of everyone else – on asking the Lord to pour out His Spirit on the presentation.
… the health of the singers, players, technical crew, and cast – and the director.
… the families of those involved as people are being stretched in the build-up to the weekend.
… the attendance at the presentation – pray for good weather, and for people to come out.
… an atmosphere of worship and excitement for the leaders and audience.
… a clear, unhindered presentation of the Gospel and for people to respond in faith.
… the focus to be on Jesus – not the music or sets, costumes or lighting – but on Jesus, the only One worthy of our worship.
Consider incorporating in the last few rehearsals some concentrated time leading your people in guided prayer for these and other aspects of the presentation. Create a prayer guide for the cast and crew. Ask your Senior Pastor to come and pray over the choir. Enlist a prayer team (do this year-round). Doing so would help everyone remember where the real power for impact rests – not on the excellence of the program, but on the power of the Spirit at work in His people.
I heard an old preacher say that a small child responded in a worship service to the call for prayer by saying, “Has it come to that?” My friends – it has come to that.
I’ll add this prayer for all churches sharing Jesus this year in a Christmas program –
Lord, glorify Your name as Your servants sing Your praise this Christmas. May the good news go forth unhindered as Your story is told once again by Your children. Amen!
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.