A Groovy Christmas Story
December 16, 2022
For the last several years, I have been part of “The Tuesday Morning Group.” We gather most weeks at 7:45 a.m. for a book/Bible study and prayer. Our time is filled with great conversations and sharing of life’s difficult moments. There are six of us who have become a loving, creative, and supportive community. Why am I sharing this information? Because it was this group that birthed the idea for this year’s St. Mark’s Christmas play, “A Groovy Christmas Dream.”
We spent much longer than the Advent season studying a book, “Honest Advent,” by Scott Erickson. He called us to “awake to the wonder of God with us then, here and now.” One day, one member asked “Evy, do you think you could write a new Christmas play that showed Jesus being with us always?” And so, the creative process began.
I did not know if I could do it but was certainly willing to try. We brainstormed themes, places and when the play should happen. I took these ideas with me to Kenya, where I spent six weeks last summer teaching, and in the mornings I began to write. The play you will see at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 17, in our Sanctuary or live-streamed on YouTube at UMC St. Mark’s Oro Valley is the result.
Most of the play is Grandma’s dream, stimulated by a question asked by one of her grandchildren. You will hear what Grandma learns about Christmas: both its meaning and importance then, and now.
The hope of this play is that it will inspire us to a deeper sense that the light of Christ can truly be reborn this year in each one of us, and lead us to evermore be people who are guiding our communities to have greater compassion, love, and forgiveness.
This coming Sunday of Advent is the Sunday of joy. May this play bring the Christmas spirit of joy to your heart.
Thank you Pastor Lynn for asking me to write this week’s blog.
See you at the play and in worship on Sunday.