The Summit Christmas Pageant
(The Gospel Begins at the Incarnation)
The Gospel begins with the Incarnation! According to the Apostle Paul the Gospel is that Jesus: 1. Died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin; 2. Was buried to prove that He was dead; 3. Came out of the grave in resurrection to give us new life; 4. Was seen by many to prove He is alive (cf. 1 Cor. 15:1-6). It is by faith in this Gospel that we are saved (cf. Rom. 1:16-17). But, before Jesus could do any of this He needed to take upon Himself a body of flesh, otherwise known as the Incarnation (cf. John 1:1-14; Phil. 2:1-7). Jesus was born of a virgin in a manger in Bethlehem—and we call it Christmas. To honor the wonder of this, Summit will have a Christmas Pageant which is being orchestrated by our own Claire Katzenberger. In this newsletter I am forwarding to you a message Claire would like to share with us all:
“Welcome to our First Summit Nativity Pageant! I am writing to clarify, answer a myriad of questions, and put people at ease. On Dec. 18th at 6:30 we will all meet at Church on the Ridge to participate in a school wide Christmas celebration. We will enter into corporate worship led by our wonderful students. This is a simple Nativity play with congregational singing! During the service, some students will act, some will read, some will sing, all to give praise to our LORD. Each grade has a role with some kids filling special duties. Below is a summary of the roles and requirements.
K and 1st graders: You will be shepherds, angels, and sheep (your choice). Each student is responsible for their own costume. Costumes can be as simple or elaborate as you want—no pressure! No one has to be the same. Oriental Trading Company sells costumes (if you prefer) but feel free to just visit your linen closet and be creative! I have a very limited number of costumes available. One request from the Church on the Ridge… NO GLITTER!
2nd, 3rd, 4th graders: You get to be carolers. You will have caroling books, and may wear hats, gloves, scarves, dresses, etc. Think HAPPY and FUN! We are going to sing our hearts out! WE REALLY NEED YOU!!
5th graders: You will be the narrators and prophets. Your job is to read loudly and expressively. You will have a coach. Be familiar with your part and it will be easy. We are reading the story of our LORD’s birth! We will work on this during school hours. Narrators can wear their most favorite Christmas outfit. Prophets need a flowing robe draped with color and will read from a scroll.
6th graders: You are the wise men—not wise guys! We have costumes for you.
Miscellaneous: A limited number of 4th graders can be part of the wise men entourage, and we could use some responsible 2nd and 3rd graders to be lead shepherds, angels, and sheep to help out our young kindergarteners. Please contact me if you are willing to help in this way.
Costumes can be simple and homemade. You can tie sheets, decorate wings….NO GLITTER…. Don’t sew if you don’t have to! If the mere thought of improvising a costume makes you break out in a cold sweat, costumes can be purchased, but store bought costumes are NOT a requirement (or even recommended).
This service will be a fun simple uplifting reminder of what Christmas is about: God’s Son came to earth as a humble baby, born into an ordinary family, to do the most extraordinary thing—to give us eternal life. So let’s celebrate with joy and simplicity!!!!!!!
Email me with any questions: Claire@katzenberger-family.com
God bless you all (and Merry Christmas)! Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School