The Power of Story

One thing that comes coming up again and again as I continue my life-long education in art is that “story” seems to show up everywhere.  

For every great movie you have ever seen, I would bet that there is a great story at the heart of it. No matter how great the special effects are, no matter how much Pixar can “wow” us with their amazing digital animation and no matter how great the acting may be, if the story is sub-par, the movie will not draw us in and hold our interest.

I find the same phenomenon occurring in music. The greatest songs all take us on some kind of a journey, tell us a story that makes us feel the pain or joy of the characters. Or maybe uses imagery or analogy that shows us something in a new way.

As we continue our Christmas series “Tell Me the Story,” I want us to consider the fact that we get to celebrate and hear and share the greatest story ever told: namely, that God took on flesh, in the form of a baby named Jesus, and came into our world to dwell among us.  

It’s a story that has been told and retold for 2 thousand years now, and yet it does not get old.  It still resonates deeply inside us. I think because it answers not just the question “Does God exist?” but the infinitely more important one: “Does God care?”

So experience and celebrate and listen to the story of God dwelling with us…but don’t forget to tell it as well!

Kerry Cox
Associate Pastor of Worship Arts

Join us this season as we delve into the story of Christ's birth, according to Luke. We gather each weekend on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM and on Sundays at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM. We're holding Christmas Eve services just a bit earlier this year, at 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM, to allow families some extra special time together in the evening. We'll also open up the doors on Christmas day at 10:00 AM, if you'd like to join us for an intimate Family Christmas Celebration.