Creation Drama Script

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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.

[Open the story-book.]

God 2: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

God 1: [Directs congregation to make wind noises as they point to various sections so the “wind” moves around.]

[Up to 7 Children with ribbons enter and dance around to be the wind.]

God 2: Then God said,

God 3: “Let there be light”;

God 2: and there was light.

[1st Candleholder lights first candle.]

God 2: And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness, Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

[1st Candleholder: Candle walked across stage and then hidden and then brought back, as described by God 2.]

God 2: And God said,

God 3: “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”

[Four children hold the corners of white sheet and billow it upwards to represent air. Two children swish a blue sheet just above the ground to represent water.]

God 2: So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

[1st Candleholder: Candle moves accordingly.]

God 2: And God said,

God 3: “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.”

[Have earth sheets and second water sheet arranged beneath first water sheet in advance. Move the top water sheet to the side, so that the ground is surrounded by water. Drummer drums earth’s heartbeat.]

God 2: And it was so.  God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together God called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said,

God 3: “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.”

[Children carefully bring in seed bombs. Also fruit.]

God 2: And it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

[1st Candleholder does their thing.]

God 2: And God said,

God 3: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.”

God 2: And it was so.

[Person switches on fairy lights. 2nd and 3rd Candleholders light sun candle and moon candle from light candle.]

God 2: God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

[Candleholders move candles accordingly across stage, around room, etc.]

God 2: And God said,

God 3: “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.”

[God 1 directs congregation to make the noises on the birds and sea monsters cue cards.]

God 2: So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying,

God 3: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

God 2: And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

[Candleholders candles carefully.]

God 2: And God said,

God 3: “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.”

God 2: And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

[God 1 directs congregation in noises from the animal cue cards.]

God 2: Then God said,

God 3: “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

[Two children brings in bread and wine to the centre or altar.]

God 2: So God created humankind as God’s image,
in the image of God they were created;
diverse and beautiful, God created them.

God 1: Stories tell us who we are. Are we the conquering heroes who created this land? Are we the most important creatures, ruling over creation?

What is the image of God? What does God show to the world through our creation?

Our daily bread, given for us. Our daily work, our bread, as gardeners and creators. Be careful. Bread can be broken. God comes to us as bread, and shows us who we are. We are vulnerable.

The cup of wine, poured out for us. Wine for our sorrow and for our joy. Be careful. Too much wine is dangerous. God comes to us as wine, and shows us who we are. We are powerful.

We are the last piece of creation. We depend on all the rest of creation to help us survive. We are vulnerable. And we have a special responsibility to tend and mend. We are powerful.

This story tells us who we are, and Jesus reminds us that we are created to be good.

God 2: God blessed them, and God said to them,

God 3: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

[God 1 directs congregation to make louder and louder animal noises.]

God 2: God said,

God 3: “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food . And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”

[God 1 gives out food to some of the animals.]

God 2: And it was so. God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

[God 1 brings volume down to a hush. Candleholders do candles.]

God 2: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work of creation, and rested on the seventh day from all the work that God had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work of creation.

This is the genesis of the heavens and the earth, when they were created.

God 1: Our story tells us that we are not alone. We are surrounded and sustained by God’s good creation. We are God’s good creation, both vulnerable and powerful, the image of a Creator who comes to us as a helpless baby, as a peaceful healer, and as bread that is broken.

You are not alone. Remember that you are part of the Body of Christ, as you offer a sign of peace in the name of Jesus to those around you.

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