Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hey, unto you a Child is born!

This weekend is Gardner Community Theatre's production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It's a great show and I strongly recommend you catch one of the productions. I say that not as a GCT board member who needs to sell tickets but as pastor of a church during the Advent season.

The two main questions raised by the show are "what type of people are welcome in a church" and "for whom did Jesus come?" Both questions are answered in a way that brings tears to my eyes, both from the quality of the acting and the play itself. If you're looking for a unique and enjoyable way to focus upon the meaning of Advent, then come check out BCPE. A simple summary is that the local welfare family bullies their way into the 'proper' annual Christmas pageant and end up meeting Jesus and leading the church people to Jesus as well.

Show times are this Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00, and Sunday at 2:00. The shows will be at Pioneer Ridge Middle School and the cost is $5 per person. If you'd like to bring canned food to donate to the Gardner Food Pantry, you can do that as well.

To read a good summary of the play, click here.

I have a brief cameo of about 10 seconds as a fireman. After spending countless hours learning lines over the summer for Harold Hill, it's nice to just have this very easy part. In fact, my lines are actually ad-libbed, though I do read part of the Christmas story before the final curtain (I've gotta work on having a good "pastor" voice).

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