Sat. Night – “An Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” at Ambassador Auditorium

Hey TD!

If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, Maranatha High School will be putting on “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” Saturday, 12/7/19 at 7 p.m. at the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium on Maranatha’s campus in Pasadena.  It’s always a meaningful and moving time to experience the meaning of Christmas through the energy and talents of high schoolers.

Tickets are $5 for TD’ers (they are higher to everyone else).  Let your small group leader know if you are interested in going.

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Here’s a description of the show:

This week, our performing arts students will be ministering … Their performance, “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven,” is their gift to us with the hope it will prepare our hearts for worship as we enter into this Christmas season. Their many weeks of rehearsal will surely bless the audience through music and dance as they portray a beautiful story of hope inspired by a novel written by one of our own faculty.

Carrie Arcos is a well-known young adult novelist and an English teacher here at Maranatha High School. Her last novel, “We Are All That’s Left,” is about a young woman caught in the winds of war in Sarajevo in the early 1990s. One of the scenes in the book takes place in a burned-out church basement in that war-torn city. That’s where “Breath of Heaven” begins—with a young woman named Nadja attending a Christmas mass in that basement.

Fade to another war-torn world 2000 years previous and another young girl facing a world without much hope as well, except for the words of the angel. We trace the story of Mary and Joseph from the Annunciation to the Birth. We discover together how they found hope in the child born in the manger; the hope for all people facing hopeless situations. Jesus was the hope for a young woman in Sarajevo, surrounded by death and tragedy. Jesus remains the hope for all of us in uncertain times. That hope that is echoed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “The Bells of Christmas,” written during the fear and uncertainty of the Civil War, recited and sung as part of our Showcase:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

 

We invite you to join us on December 6 or 7 for “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” and together we can re-discover the hope of that child one more time.

TD Sat. – “Evening of Christmas: Joy”

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Hey TD!

There’s something special about the arts. The arts are often able to communicate and resonate with us with a depth propositions cannot.

This Saturday night, Maranatha High School’s Performing Arts Department will be putting on “Evening of Christmas: Joy” at the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium on Marantha’s campus in Pasadena.  Tickets through TD are $5 ($10 to the public).

Let your small group leader know by Thursday night whether you are able to make it or not! Hope to see you there!

 

Here’s what’s in store:

Join us for a festive evening of music and dance and discover the joy of the season at “Evening of Christmas”!

We use the word “joy” so much during this holiday season. We sing “Joy to the World,” and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” We bring tidings of “comfort and joy.” But the joy of the Christmas story is contained in the story of a young couple, separated from home and family and forced to deliver their first child in a stable. That is the difference between joy and happiness. Joy isn’t based on circumstance as much as perspective.

Our presentation of “Evening of Christmas” this year explores the true meaning of that word joy through music and dance. Come join us as we usher in the Christmas season with performances by Mixed Ensemble, Maranatha Orchestra, and Dance Company. It will be two evenings filled with the heart and soul of the true “joy” of the season. “Evening of Christmas” takes place on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium.