Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
Did you notice how they tried to make it sound like a time-honored tradition by saying "since the last few years of the 20th century"? That sounds so much more grand than saying "more than ten years," or "less than fifteen years," or "since our rector lost her mind."
Be still and know the puppet show is about to begin.
I was just in Litchfield last week. To think I missed this for a service of worship focused on God's Word at a Methodist church.
Oh, everyone simply must click over to the church's website and see the other pictures. (I'd suggest putting down any beverage you're drinking, and if pregnant, emptying your bladder first, though. You've been warned. )
Yes sttooppp! Bad art and weird theatricals - and this is to you drama loving folks - are abysmally off putting to everyone else, everyone normal, on earth. You're pushing it to the point where people are going to have no choice but your weird ass churches and other religions, and frankly, most other religions are less damn weird. This libertine Christianity has turned into paganism and it just might drive out conservatives who can't find a church with people that aren't insane.
Like Fr Andrew said in a comment on a previous post, this is the sort of thing you would never ever see at an Orthodox Church. To my knowledge, the Orthodox are the only ones you can count on never to tolerate any silly, irreverent, man-centered, entertainment-based "worship" of any kind.(or ugly vestments)
I live and work in a diocese in which one of the suffragans - the sartorially challenged Cathy Roskam - thinks it appropriate to take the tithes of the faithful to put on giant puppet shows at the Cathedral.Ironic that the church says it respects diversity but had no respect for those who are pupaphobic and coulrophobic.As for me, I an official ecclesiophobic - and I am so liberal as to be a radical.
Well that's just downright terrifying.
Sadly, this resembles the recent production of Wagner's Ring Cycle in Los Angeles. It didn't work there. It doesn't work here.
Notice that the church's website mentions an upcoming "puppet opera on the environment?"
Why is it that when they try to make Christianity worldly to attract people who don't want to come, they just produce apocalyptic wreckage like this? Why can they never produce something even remotely artistic? Why do they consistently fail to inspire true, reverent worship? Liturgical dance is the worst kind of dance ever! Why is that??? It is just an avenue for people with no self-respect, desperate to be seen are twirling around and flopping around. Contemporary "relevant" "worship" is just a bunch of bad theatrics. It is really catering to people who worship themselves. You can "Worship at YOUR convenience". You can "worship" any way YOU want. Why is modern music so terrible and uninspired? Why is it so insipid? The contemporary music is rarely as good as the world's music. I could just pull one verse out of the bible and sing it over and over, copyright it and get rich! Where is the talent? If I want to hear rock, I want to hear real ROCK!. I don't want to hear "I know who I am"!Why is so much of contemporary music about ME or I?Why puppets?!!? The answer to all these questions and more is these people have changed their priorities. If worshiping God and Communing with God was high on these peoples' list of priorities, this would be out the window! These antics are no doubt running people away from Christianity, or what they mistakenly believe is Christianity.
At least it looks like the boys are wearing cottas.
They should not be wearing cottas and operating puppets at the same time! If puppetry is this parish's "thing," then let them put on puppet shows OUTSIDE OF worship. You cannot worship with a puppet. When did Julie Taymore become a religious leader???
It gets even better! They have a theatrical company! For Pentecost 2010, they had a puppet opera for the environment!!! Oh, and get this, they can travel and you, Yes YOU can hire them to come and make a mockery of your Mass too!!!Don't waste a minute! Call them before they get booked for Christmas!No. seriously. Don't.
THese were approved by vestry members Kukla and Ollie.
Much, much better than the puppets in a church where I subbed as organist. The church had a couple of groups who presented large, goofy hand puppets who "lip-synched" with stupid songs and taped skits ostensibly about Jesus ("Born in a Barn"--country-western style) or insipid dialogues. They were, unfortunately, wildly popular.
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