Sunday, 22 December 2013, called for double celebrations as about 38,000 people celebrated Christmas at our various service venues. This day also marked the first anniversary of our move into The Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC).
As the theatre curtains drew open, everyone was transported into the heavenly realm where they listened in on a discussion among the heavenly hosts.
"Mary accepted her mission to give birth to the Messiah...checked."
"Joseph took Mary as his bride...checked."
The list went on as Archangel Michael led the angels in one final round of checks on every detail surrounding the Messiah's birth.
As the angelic hosts grew excited over the impending earth-breaking event, a burning question arose: Where would the King of kings be born?
The story ended with a twist as all heavens watched in disbelief that the darling of heaven would choose to be born in a lowly manger.
At this point, worship leader, Adeline Gan, took centre stage singing the piece, You Laid Aside Your Majesty, bringing to remembrance Jesus' humble beginnings that made God accessible to all mankind.
Tying in with the theme, Majesty In A Manger, Senior Pastor Joseph Prince shared in his Christmas message the significance of the Lord's name, Immanuel, which means "God with us". Pastor Prince further ensured the congregation that with God on their side, they can reign in life.
The festive mood lifted a few notches when Pastor Prince and the worship team broke into Christmas carols and the congregation joined in. These celebratory scenes repeated themselves throughout the day during our four English services at The Star PAC, Marina Bay Sands and our three cinema venues at GV Marina, GV Grand and Cathay Cineplex Causeway Point. Our Chinese Ministry, The Zone and Rock Kidz were part of the celebrations too with Christmas-themed mascots, performances and carols.