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e-Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 67
For Unto You Is Born ... a Saviour, Which Is Christ the Lord
by Bill Anderton

Merry Christmas to you this Christmas Eve from the faculty and staff of TransformingTheChurch.org.

See our video Christmas Card on our special seasonal home page at www.transformingthechurch.org.


About Our 2013 Christmas Card 

It is Bill Anderton's long-time tradition to make a short video production to serve as a Christmas card to be used on the TTC website during Christmastide.

The practice of making a video Christmas card began about six years ago as a way to say Merry Christmas to our visitors during the days immediately before and after Christmas.

Typically, these videos are short productions, no more that a minute or two and often less. They are produced just for the fun of it for the use in the season. These videos use a variety of techniques. In the past, these techniques have included beautifully photographed Christmas scenes, video from Christmas mission projects, animated stills photographs of classical art, 2-D and 3-D animations.

The only common thread of these productions are, in Bill's tradition, that they all illustrate some aspect of Luke 2: 8-14.

Bill uses the King James Version because these were the verses his mother read at Christmas when he was a child:

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

This year's Christmas Card features a photo-realism-style 3-D animation of a wintery scene (appropriate for the weather in many parts of the country this Christmas) with a sound track composed of sound effects and the carol "What Child Is This" played on a child's simple music box:

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.

 Merry Christmas!