The bumper video for the "A Collision of Kingdoms" advent series.
This video really was built around the music ("Prologue" by James Newton Howard from the Lady in the Water soundtrack). To me, that track just sounds like Christmas. It contains all the beauty, mystery, wonder and gravity of what Christmas is.
We wanted to express some of the tension between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God, but didn't want to do it just through a juxtaposition of images (which was our original idea... kind of like Simon and Garfunkel's "Silent Night"). Instead we took some of the words that describe both the tension and the thrust of advent and turned them into a prayer of sorts. So really, this bumper is just as much a Call to Worship as it is a set up for the sermon.
The whole thing was quite inspired by the film 'Unwrap Our Darkness" by Jonny Baker... so much so that we gently placed some of the footage from that in with each of the prayers. It's such cool footage, I hope you don't mind, Jonny :)
Anways... Hope, Love, Joy and Peace to you all!