The stories we tell and how we understand them define our reality. Humans are meaning making creatures who have been using stories to interpret our world and shape our lives since the very beginnings of culture. Storytelling is a creative and sacred act when it engages the Mystery of Life in order to impart a life giving truth for the benefit of the community.
This summer our worship series will be centered on retelling Bible stories, with a particular focus on hospitality. Each preacher will be preaching based on scripture as we tell it aloud or in the Children’s Bibles found in the pews…that is to say that the text will be heavily adapted to tell what we think the story means, with less concern for precise text translations. We will be taking particular care to focus on aspects of the story that may show us how to care, love and respect one another in community and the stranger. We hope this series will help us connect to the stories of faith that shape and form us. And we hope the stories we’ve chosen will help you deepen an aspect of your faith, hospitality, justice and care.
Learn a bible story well enough to tell it in your own words. Tell it. Tell it several times. See how it changes and what responses you get and how those responses change you.
Pick a bible story that has some meaning to you… even if you’re not entirely sure what the meaning is at first. It’s okay for that first meaning to be “because I just always like this story.” If you think you know it pretty well already, try telling it or writing down an outline of how you’d tell it before you even open a book.
Practice telling the story in your own words…by yourself and out loud will likely help you feel more comfortable with it. Find an audience to listen. This might be a committee or task force or action team you do ministry with at church. Try the Tuesday morning Bible Study Group. Have a small group of friends over for dinner and tell each other stories. Try coming early to church and ask someone hanging around in the lounge to listen to your story. Your pastors are always more than happy to hear you tell them a Bible story. If you feel stuck about how to do this, feel free to reach out to one of your pastors and we can help create a compassionate audience for you. You’d be surprised how much we all want to hear you. Most of all, try doing this more than once or even twice. It’s best to just keep telling that same story until it just feels comfortable.
Worship & Preaching Calendar:
June 2, 2019
Preaching: our Youth
Scripture: Phil 4:4-9
June 9, 2019 — Pentecost
Living Resurrection: Eternal Flames
Preaching: Catherine Foote
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
June 16, 2019
I love to retell the story: the Garden of Eden
Preaching: Todd Smiedendorf
Scripture: Genesis 1-4
June 23, 2019
I love to retell the story: Sodom & Gomorrah
Preaching: Catherine Foote
June 30, 2019
I love to retell the story: Joseph & Benjamin
Preaching: Amy Roon