Lights, Camera and Over 200 Decisions
The Heart of Christmas mesmerizes with hybrid choir, precision synching, and a touching message of forgiveness and hope.
By Koh Zhi Guo Daniel
The message was clear. The audience was touched. The Heart of Christmas has taken Trinity Christian Centre’s presentations to another level. Held from December 17 to 24, it came replete with a slick combination of recorded choir and live singers, a locally-produced movie starring Gurmit Singh, and powerful messages on forgiveness and hope.
Nine presentations were held at Trinity@Paya Lebar and CHIJMES – with all tickets snapped up quickly when bookings started.
The thrill was almost tangible as orderly queues thronged the foyer of Trinity@Paya Lebar. Eager excitement coursed through the crowd, as joyous Christmas greetings of “Blessed Christmas” and introductions of “Have you met my friend?” palpitated the evening. All were thrilled to be able to attend the presentation on-site.
“We have been attending Trinity’s annual Christmas presentations for years as a family. It’s so good that we can physically attend this year’s presentation,” shared Daphne and Boon Teck from West Coast.
The atmosphere stirred with expectancy as Trinitarians and their invited guests eagerly awaited the start of Trinity Christian Centre’s (TCC) The Heart of Christmas presentation that combines a 70-strong virtual choir with live singers and musicians, plus an original movie starring actor Gurmit Singh.
The virtual and on-site orchestra and choir rang in the glory of God with songs of worship spliced delightfully with familiar Christmas carols. Hands were raised, many clapped in accompaniment and a number were in wonder whether the virtual life-sized musicians were real-life people on stage.
Trinity’s original movie Your Love is Enough, Part Two, is about an estranged father seeking his daughter forgiveness after his release from prison.
“I can truly understand what Tash (Gurmit’s on-screen daughter) went through,” shared first-time visitor Gina Tow who came with her fiancée, Wes Teo. They were invited by Nicholas Teo from Area Four. She reflected on her journey; “It was worse for me… I had a difficult relationship with my father. What Tash had to go through and what Pastor Eveleen shared about forgiving her father, I really felt it.”
Danny Teo and Julie Chin from Mustard Seed CG also shared how a reconnected childhood friend, HL, his wife and grandchild received Christ through The Heart of Christmas presentation.
“My childhood friend, HL suffered a stroke in May this year, and we met up sometime in July as soon as he was able to. When church re-opened in August I invited HL to attend one of our weeknight services. On the way home after service, I shared Christ with him, and he said the Sinner’s Prayer with me in the car! His wife, however, was reluctant to come to church. About a week or two before the presentation, I invited them to my place for dinner and connected them with my CG mates. They invited her to the presentation, and she agreed. At the end of the presentation, she responded to the call for salvation and received Jesus Christ into her life. And that’s not all, their granddaughter whom they brought along for DiscoveryLand’s Christmas in Fruitasia presentation, also said the Sinner’s Prayer. Hallelujah! Praise God for the salvations in HL’s family!”
Of the nine presentations that Trinity put up, two were at CHIJMES. The atmosphere was equally joyous and beautiful as Trinitarians enjoyed God’s presence together with their family and friends.
Fiona and EK from Lengkong Tiga 109 CG attended one of the presentations at CHIJMES with two friends: “Seeing everyone come together and serving to make this possible really embodies the Heart of Christmas. Even if it is just for that one decision, it is all worth it and we all rejoice. That is why I am proud to be a Trinitarian."
About 7,200 people attended The Heart of Christmas, DiscoveryLand’s Fruitasia and the Chinese Ministry's Crossing Over presentations. We welcomed 1,722 first-rime visitors, and rejoice at the 244 decisions made!
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” (Luke 2:10)
What a great joy at the Heart of Christmas, God’s Love truly is Enough!
About the writer - Daniel, seafarer but often behind a desk; hubby of one, Daddy to four; and a Leader in Ignyte Ministry who tries valiantly to occasionally read, write, garden, and cycle.
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