watch the live premiere of "Come to the Manger"
Our Christmas music program, "Come to the Manger" will be broadcast as a live premiere via Faith's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 4 PM, Sunday, December 13.
We'll include music of the season performed by Faith family and friends using their gifts of voice, piano, cello, and organ. Others will be sharing gifts of dance, flag dance and prayer dance on a labyrinth. We'll also hear from drummers, speakers, children and adults as all give the invitation: Come to the manger to worship Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
how to watch
The concert will be filmed and then broadcast as a live premiere on Sunday, December 13 at 4 PM.
It will be available to view on Faith's Facebook page and YouTube channel. The direct link to this online concert event will be available after Thanksgiving (watch for updates on this page).
learn more about the performing arts in the concert
Some of the elements of our concert, like singing and speaking, are familiar to many, but others, like labyrinths and spiritual drumming, may be new to you.
Flag dancing is a form of liturgical art that combines dance with flag spinning. In the book of Exodus, Moses identified the Lord as the banner under which Israel defeated the Amalekites. To seal this declaration, Moses built an altar and called it Jehovah-nissi, which can be translated as the Lord our banner. Flags are worship tools (just like instruments, liturgy, or visual art). Spinning, twirling and throwing/catching the flag itself is a visual expression of worship, as an extension of liturgical dance and the dancer. Watch a beautiful flag dance to "Another In the Fire" here (and be sure to read the dancer's testimony below the video).
Prayer labyrinths are not mazes, but another tool for worship, meditation, and prayer. In the Middle Ages, labyrinths were used as a way for people to participate in a pilgrimage without the expense or time required in actually going to another place, and they were created on the floors of cathedrals to help draw people into meditation.
The labyrinth is a pre-Christian symbol, not unlike adorning an evergreen tree with lights at Christmas or the symbol of the cross. Like these and other symbols, Christians have adopted and embraced the symbol of the labyrinth and in effect, have redeemed and baptized it for Christian use. Like most symbols it is primarily the orientation of the user, and not the symbol itself, that dictates whether it is used for harm or good.
A labyrinth helps direct one’s focus toward God. Unlike a maze, which has dead ends and the possibility of getting lost, a labyrinth has a clear path, but it sometimes takes unexpected twists and turns. In this way it resembles the journey of life. Learn more about praying with a labyrinth and see additional resources here and here.
Spiritual drumming is rooted in our earliest biblical worship traditions. The frame drum (Hebrew tof) mentioned seventeen times in Scripture is commonly mistranslated as “tambourine” or “timbrel,” but was really a large frame drum, about twelve to twenty-two inches across its face. It was most often played by women in both secular and religious contexts, like Miriam (Exodus 15:20-21) as an expression of worship of Yahweh. The sound of drumming, in combination with the blowing of hollow rams’ horns (shofar), cymbals, and dancing were among the earliest ways our spiritual ancestors worshiped God. Learn more and see additional resources here.
Contact Linda Hoffman at 814.355.3358 or email@example.com.