We had the Ignite presentation this past week on Thursday here in New York, with the theme of darkness and light. We really put into practice the whole “trail and error” mantra by spending the week doing run-throughs. We wrote up basic scripts, worked through technical set up (so many lights!), and felt our way through any music problems that we had.
Our work (and prayer) paid off! The event was a great success. There was popcorn, crackers and cheese, some drinks, and most importantly: there were about 30-40 people who came and enjoyed the night.
To start the event off, Jeremiah and Hannah Zaretsky, our leader and his wife, played guitar and sang a song that Hannah wrote. It set the mood of the night off well. Brandon showed his graphic collection of digital art throughout the night, a triptych entitled “Darkness to Light.” While, Giselle, Jeremiah, and I played guitar, piano, and percussion, and sang a few songs that Giselle wrote.
Rachel displayed her collection of photographs of people in the city who she photographed in a purple mask. The idea she was trying to convey: we need to remove the mask, the misconceptions, and see people (in New York, and across the world) for who they are. To see faces, not stereotypes.
I did two spoken words, one alone, and one as a collaboration with Giselle, about someone in a hard place reaching out for help.
I think we successfully conveyed our theme. We were able to integrate all our pieces and bring a clear gospel message of God’s love to hurting people.
We will have pictures and possible a video to come! Stay tuned…