Prepare to be enchanted as you embark on a journey through River Lights of Wonder, a radiant display that fills the night with wonder and joy. Whether you stroll through the illuminated riverbanks or drive at a leisurely 2 miles per hour, you’re in for a magical adventure.
Driving Through the Lights:
- Drive Slowly and Safely: As you navigate the event from your vehicle at 2 miles per hour, ensure that you drive cautiously and safely to allow everyone to enjoy the experience.
- Comfort and Warmth: Stay warm and cozy in your car while you witness the spectacular lights.
- Perfect for All Ages: Driving through the event is a fantastic option if you have young children, elderly family members, or individuals with limited mobility, making it accessible to all.
Walking Through the Lights:
- Stroll at Your Own Pace: Take your time to explore the displays, allowing the shimmering lights to surround you. This leisurely pace is perfect for savoring the details and capturing the moments.
- Savor the Sights and Sounds: Enjoy the sounds of laughter, Christmas music, and the joy of the season as you walk hand in hand with friends and family. Share stories, make memories, and embrace the holiday spirit.
- Cozy up by the Fire: After enjoying these magical moments with family and friends, cozy up next to the outdoor fire pits to share s’mores.
Whichever way you experience River Lights of Wonder, you’re in for a memorable journey filled with holiday cheer and enchantment. The season’s magic is here, and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Join us for a celebration of lights and community. River Lights of Wonder is where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the season’s spirit comes to life. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing the true meaning of Christmas!
River Lights of Wonder
RIVER LIGHTS OF WONDER
Welcome to: “River Lights of Wonder!” Right now, we invite you to leave all your cares behind as we travel back in time…are you ready? Think for a moment…if the first Christmas happened over 2,000 years go, why is it, that Christmas (and its message) has lasted the test of time? Well….let’s find out!
IN THE BEGINNING
In the very beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…and it was good.
THE HEART ISSUE (LOVE & PEACE)
God created “man,” in His own image. They walked, talked, and laughed. They enjoyed this beautiful world together filled with peace and love…and it was so, so good.
MAN REJECTS GOD
Sadly though, man turned away from God. Where there was once “Peace on Earth,” now sadness, chaos, anger and frustration was seen and felt everywhere. This broke God’s heart. So, in order to restore the love and friendship that was lost between man and God, God came up with a plan…a plan that would surprise and amaze the world!
THE PLAN (GOD CHOSE MARY)
First, God chose a young virgin girl, named Mary, to carry His son inside her womb. Mary loved and trusted God with all her heart and when the angel visited her, she humbly responded by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant and I am willing.”
JOSEPH HAS A DREAM
Joseph, who was engaged to Mary, struggled with this news…but, an angel visited Joseph in a dream saying: “Do not be afraid Joseph, but take Mary as your wife. She will give birth to a son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. And you are to give him the name ‘Jesus.’
MARY & JOSEPH TRAVELED TO BETHLEHEM
Caesar Augustus had ordered a census which meant Mary and Joseph had to travel over 65 miles to the city of Bethlehem! As they traveled, they wondered about this “miracle,” baby and why God had entrusted him
into their care.
THE WISE MEN FOLLOWED A STAR
Now, far from the East, there were some wise men who were observing the stars. A large, new star they had never seen before appeared in the sky. They learned that such a star was a sign that a great king was to be born! So, the wisemen set out to follow that star. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
ANGELS APPEARED TO THE SHEPHERDS
The night finally came that Mary gave birth to Jesus. Shepherds were watching over their sheep. It was a quiet night …. but, suddenly angels appeared to them in the sky saying: “Don’t be afraid for I have wonderful news for you! God’s own son has been born! You will find him wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.” They were filled with wonder and excitement! They ran to Bethlehem to find the baby!
The wonder of Christmas is that the son of God was born on this earth in a humble stable. Why? To bring people’s hearts back to God. “For God so loved the world that he gave us his only son.” Jesus was and is the ultimate Christmas gift for us today! Receive the gift of God’s son in your heart this Christmas. God is waiting to have a relationship and friendship with you like in the very, very beginning. This will bring peace into your heart! Yes! This is the wonder of Christmas and why Christmas, and it’s message, has stood the test of time!
Introducing Our Narrator: Pastor John Booko
We are honored to introduce Pastor John Booko as the narrator of River Lights of Wonder, the enchanting event that captures the hearts of our community and beyond. Pastor Booko, founding pastor of Riverside Church, an international speaker and acclaimed author, lends his captivating voice to our event, enhancing the experience with his profound storytelling.
Not bad for a 101-year-old!