Christmas Family Drama: Follow the Star

This year's Christmas family drama had some epic costumes designed by Mei Tan and team. The best of these was the Star, played by Elroy Ng. The highlight of the drama was when the Star and Wise Men arrived via Bukit Bintang on "live video link", see below (when it goes black is when they appeared live through the doors of church). 

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We were at the last rehearsal when we suddenly had the idea of the star and wise men walking though Bukit Bintang to arrive for the final scene. @CCSpits had done something similar the previous year as an advert for their services so we messaged them and robbed the idea. Here's their advert:

 

#12SecondChristmas

The birth of Jesus and the events surrounding it are some of the most powerful and life-changing stories in human history. To help us engage with both the story and its meaning, we have had broken it down into 12-second chunks and posted it out on Instagram day-by-day (like a virtual advent calendar) throughout December 2015 leading up to Christmas Day!

You can preview the videos below, find the full story on the #12SecondChristmas Hastag and see all the videos here.

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A video posted by HTBB Church (@htbbchurch) on

A video posted by HTBB Church (@htbbchurch) on

We asked Tan Boon Kit, an actor & director, who recently became a Christian to write the script for each video, he hadn’t heard much of the Christmas narrative and so he came with fresh eyes to the story. He said:

“The thing that most resonated with me whilst writing for #12SecondChristmas was that Jesus came from the most humble of origins, yet He came to save us then, now, and forever, for our sins,”

The two verses that really impacted him were:

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
(John 1:11-12)

But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.
(Matthew 2:6)

The project also got picked up by Christianity Malaysia and the article on it can be read here.

Nativity Story

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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 

Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 

All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us." 

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 

Matthew 1:18-24