It started out promisingly enough. We were instructed to stand around the edges of the room and we all held candles. A choral group sang a wonderful advent hymn. It was beautiful. Except there was a woman who seemed to be a dancer (I guessed this because she was wearing a leotard) who was apparently warming up, flitting up and down the stairs and occasionally twirling. No, wait. That was the dance.
Moving on, we sit, we watch some nice slides of (okay the dude next to me in the computer lab just farted) medieval art, some nice classical music plays. I can be down with this. A little scripture is read. I don't really like it when people "act" scripture reading (because usually it just involves waving your hands around while your elbows remain stuck to your sides), but whatever, I can deal.
Then suddenly we have people in seriously makeshift Xmas pageant costumes come and be a "living nativity". They perform a painfully bad sketch in which the journey of the wise men becomes an argument between three folks about asking for directions and using GPS; the shepherds become homeless immigrants who think the angel is the INS; and Mary and Joseph are apparently raising their child in El Monte. Really.
One friend said later that he was going to need to seriously repent after watching that.
Ha. I say the person who created it needs to repent!
But back to the story. Next a woman did her best Ani DiFranco impersonation while leading us in some Christmas carols (darn, I was hoping we'd stick to the promised Advent theme). The living nativity broke up. Finally, my favorite diva friend from the first chapel of the year came out to lead more singing of more carols (people, not Christmas yet!), and actually held herself back. I was proud of her. Except that I think she ad libbed something about "El Monte".
The big finish was, "Well, good luck on finals. See you after Christmas." Yes indeedy, seminarians, go out and celebrate the coming of Christ by focusing on some tests and presents!
I can't say anything without sounding like a broken record. I am just pleased that I was not alone. In fact, I don't think there were too many people present who accepted that as the best we could offer the Lord in worship.
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Wow, you're like, on fire the last couple of days. ;)
Liturgical dance - just don't do it. My church has a dance story that dates back to just before we arrived there. Middle aged pudgy women in diaphanous veils -> bad idea.
BTW, did you still have a lit candle when the guy farted? That could have been fun...
welcome to an evangelical seminary. :) Oh, litugical dance... we do that here at the GTU as well. No farting allowed.
I just have to tell you, I love your blog! I've been reading for a few weeks now, and I think your thoughts are just great! Keep it up!
Brandon @ bad christian
I'm still repenting for the "sketch" "comedy" sins I committed as an evangelical teenager. At least I never danced.
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