But it was all worth it because the end result was a charming evening of song, drama and an opportunity for response.
'The Perfect Tree' was far from perfect. As we prepared, it seemed much was against us...
Our live tree, a huge beautiful beast that smelled like Christmas and shed like a furry Newfoundland was absolutely PERFECT...until we actually rehearsed with it - three times the tree stand broke - even after the mastery of a brilliant welder - and we settled for a quickly grabbed artificial tree that had been left in the basement following the Ladies Social Christmas Dinner. This was a mad dash of sweaty turn-around only minutes before the service started.
But how appropriate! A 'Perfect Lesson' in 'The Perfect Tree'...
The entire service was built upon this verse from Isaiah:
"Forget the former things - do not dwell in the past.
See, I am doing a NEW THING!"
And so we did. We laid aside our own 'perfect' vision, and allowed God to work through what we thought wasn't good enough.
And the result? You decide!
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