Rockford Urban Ministries extends an invitation for the public to attend a Biblical theater event, "A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary," offered by the work crew from Fairmont United Methodist, St. Paul, Minn. The theater will begin at 7 p.m. June 21, and will be held at Centennial United Methodist Church, 1503 Broadway, Rockford.
The theme for this summer's show developed out of their program for Lent. They touch on our "pure capacity for God" – what do people need to get rid of in order to let God more fully come into their lives, and then how do people spread this to others. This theme originated from a quote by Macrina Wiederkehr from "A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary."
“All too often we bemoan our imperfections rather than embrace them as part of the process in which we are brought to God," Wiederkehr was quoted in the release. "Cherished emptiness gives God space in which to work. We are pure capacity for God. Let us not, then, take our littleness lightly. It is a wonderful grace. It is a gift to receive. At the same time, let us not get trapped in the confines of our littleness, but keep pushing on to claim our greatness. Remind yourself often, ‘I am pure capacity for God; I can be more.’”
The youth theater group will use this idea through three Bible stories:
• On the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
• Elijah proposing a test of the powers of Baal and Yahweh (1 Kings 18: 20-40)
• Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
The show is estimated to last 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public.
Call Rockford Work Camps leader Michelle Ryan at 815-315-3957 for more information.
The group comes from St. Paul as a volunteer work crew doing simple repairs for people in need. They will work through the good graces of the Jerimiah Project and Rockford Urban Ministries' Work Camps Program.