Cahoots June 12 2017
Sunday Extravagation Script
Our worship at Cahoots in 2017 focused on the land we live on, sacred land, holy ground, in this year of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Each morning we presented perspectives on the land and complicated matters of identity, as mostly Christians and mostly Settlers.
For our Sunday morning service, instead of a sermon we decided to do a telling of the Creation Story, as counter-narrative to Canada’s own narrative of its history. Our performance was rough but meaningful, introduced the communion elements, and led into the Passing of the Peace. As it was Trinity Sunday we asked three youth to take on the roles of ‘God’, and help direct the younger children about the work of creation.
I worked on this along with the authors of the blogs Singing Menno and Broken Into Song.
God 1 (Action director and commentary)
God 2 (Narrator of scripture)
God 3 (Voice of God)
[Start off with the big door a bit closed and not a lot of light.]
God 1: Stories tell us who we are. There are many stories about this land. One story says that this land was created 150 years ago. Created by people who came from Europe, and brought civilization. They worked hard and made a wasteland into a place of peace and prosperity.
There are other stories. Indigenous nations have stories. Refugee communities have stories. The animals and the rivers have stories.
Stories tell us who we are. Once upon a time, the people of God were captives in a foreign land. They were slaves. They were told a story about how they were created to be slaves. How the world was an evil, violent place. How the king ruled over them by the will of the gods.
They decided to tell a different story. Continue reading