Lift Up Your Eyes
We’re excited to have released a new Christmas film in partnership with Co-Mission. Watch ‘Lift Up Your Eyes’ now and use it for free in your Christmas services.
The easiest invite of the year is almost with us and I’m delighted that we’ve got a brand-new Christmas film to share with you this year.
We’ve partnered with Co-Mission on this project which tells the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15 in a Christmas setting. Joe Smith, a member of The Globe Church in London, wrote and sang the new song which accompanies the film.
The story shows a young girl dropped off at her grandfather’s house for Christmas. He wants to lavish her with gifts and love. She’s happy to take the gifts, but doesn’t want to know the grandfather. In fact, she doesn’t even acknowledge his presence.
Watch how the story unfolds:
Christ loves you precious child - will you lift up your eyes? This Christmas Co-Mission and FIEC have teamed up to present a new film and a modern retelling of the prodigal son. For more about this film, and to download resources go to co-mission.org/christmasPosted by FIEC on Monday, 26 November 2018
Lift Up Your Eyes is designed to be used in a Christmas service where the themes it covers can be picked up by an accompanying talk.
The links are easy to make as the film demonstrates the behaviour sinful human beings all display towards our Heavenly Father. We want the gifts and blessings God gives us, but don’t want to know Him. The grandfather, much like the father in Jesus’ parable, would do anything for his granddaughter, even allowing her to go off and get into trouble.
Wonderfully, just like Father God, the grandfather is overwhelmed by joy when his granddaughter realises her need for him, her need for forgiveness and her understanding that it’s not the gifts that she should be seeking, but the love of the one who gives her everything.
The film also includes an original song. On the surface it sounds like it’s the grandfather singing a love song to the granddaughter, but it’s really about the steps God has taken to bring us back to Him:
Have you felt the way my heart burns for you
While you’re slowly turning numb
I’m ready to be everything you need
And yet you never come
I would drop my crown and chase you down
From heaven to the hay
Child, bring your eyes rest a little higher
In the smile of amazing grace
The film was released on 26 November and you can download it for free.
As well as the film, you can also find pictures and a one-page guide to using this resource in your Christmas services.
It’s our prayer that this year’s film will be useful to churches as well as a tool for church members to start conversations as they invite their friends and family to services over the Christmas season.