All they want for Christmas is God#039;s presence

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 3, 2004

At a time when many are scrambling to find the perfect Christmas present, a new show aims to share the greatest gift ever given - one that can't be wrapped and placed under the tree.

New Jerusalem Christian Center's holiday production, "Christmas Presence" is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, with doors opening at 5:15. The event is free, but a freewill offering will be taken.

"The play itself is just about letting people know what the true meaning of Christmas is," said Lottie Morris, a church member from South Point. "It's not all about what you can get, but what you can do for others."

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Written by one of New Jerusalem's elders, the story begins with the Archangel Gabriel's visit to Mary and proceeds with the events surrounding Christ's birth.

The show features a liturgical dance in addition to the dramatization with speaking roles. Approximately 25 people are taking part.

New Jerusalem Christian Center, located at 817 S. Eighth St., had another Christmas production last year titled "Where is He?" The church has a year-round mime and dance ministry as part of its drama department.

For Morris, this time of year is especially meaningful. She said she hopes the production will help to remind the community of the important things in life, besides the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

"Christmas is about joy, happiness, love and caring and just being there for one another," she said. "We just go through life so independently, that it's really nice to know that you can have a church home and church family that cares and that are there for you."