Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MORE GIANT PAPIER-MÂCHÉ CALVINIST PUPPETS OF DOOM

This sighting took place at the First Congregational Church here in my home town of Webster Groves, Missouri, also known as the Paris of St. Louis County, and it...no, I can't do it.  I'm sorry.  I have to say something here.

WHAT THE HELL IS THE DEAL WITH GIANT PUPPETS DURING CHRISTIAN WORSHIP?!!

The Catholics have employed them, the Episcopalians have employed them, the Presbyterians have employed them, somebody sent me a Evangelican Lutheran Church in America link the other day and now we have the United Church of Christ.  We're pretty much across the spectrum here.  So I just have one question

For crying out loud, what in the world are you trying to accomplish?!!  Well, we want to make worship more meaningful.  Really?  The worship of the Creator of the entire universe and the Redeemer of your soul isn't meaningful enough for you?

Even though I'm a Protestant, there's a lot to be said for Eucharistic Adoration.  It's much better to sit there, keep your mouth shut and know that He is God rather than go through any ceremony in which giant puppets are in any way involved.

End of rant.  Sorry you had to see that.

31 comments:

Cunjo said...

quote:
''Even though I'm a Protestant, there's a lot to be said for Eucharistic Adoration. It's much better to sit there, keep your mouth shut and know that He is God rather than go through any ceremony in which giant puppets are in any way involved.''

You are right. For one catholic(which i am), Holy Mass should be the greatest possible act of worship. Eucharistic Adoration is (also) present in the Mass.

Thank you for sharing this thaught. I was glad to hear it from a protestant.

God bless.

Leslie said...

As a former RC, I read this post, as well as the one on the opening worship service of the Presbyterians, and laughed until I cried. . . and crying is the appropriate emotion for these travesties of ritual action. Indeed, there is something to be said for Adoration, the most important being, "Be still and know that I AM"

Elephantschild said...

So many flavors of wrong.

Can't stop laughing.

Carlos said...

What I wonder is how representative of their denominations these various puppet-using congregations are. As a Catholic, the only instances I've seen recorded of puppets during liturgy are from a Call to Action conference (fringe radical group) and from a parish in Minnesota which has so destroyed the liturgy since the '60s as to be barely Catholic. I'd imagine the same holds true for the protestant puppet users?

MaryO said...

I am an Episcopalian (flavoring: Anglo-Catholic) and this ... SITUATION ... would never, never arise in any parish I've ever belonged to. The Eucharist stands on its own, with the best possible music and liturgy.

Anonymous said...

They are not 'employed' as much as 'deployed'... from the regiments of hell.

Donna Farley said...

where are the iconoclasts when you need them? The puppetoclasts?

Dave M said...

It would be very amusing--although terrible at the same time--if there were websites or catalogs of individuals manufacturing giant quasi-liturgical puppets.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the rant.

I am appalled and mortified.

Only in America...

Anonymous said...

See also: www.pastoralmeanderings.blogspot.com

Sonnetress said...

That is uniquely terrifying. You don't know whether to laugh, gouge your eyes out, or see if they're flammable, do you?

Rebrites@yahoo.com said...

I think they´re downright creepy.

Brook said...

Yet another reason not to go to church or conflate what goes on the boxes with crosses on top or cathedrals with worshiping Our Lord. People are hungry - for the kind of sincere community of faith we read about in scripture. I will worship in Spirit and Truth without the aid of silly clerics and their puppets (metaphorical and literal).

Joel Cruz said...

absolutely atrocious. Once again the urge to entertain tv-addled congregations has won out over the truly revolutionary act of Word & Sacrament.
Not only is worship not about you, it's also not about entertainment.

Kerath25 said...

First words that came to mind:

"When you see the desolating abomination spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains" - Mt 24:15-16

Fr. Andrew said...

The Orthodox Church: We Don't Do Any of That Stupid Crap.

(Est. A.D. 33.)

Quotidian Grace said...

I linked to your blog and also took a poll on this subject at my place. You can find it here

Untamed Shrew said...

My husband is pastor of Village Lutheran, Ladue, and we're with Fr. Andrew.

But I'm still gonna have nightmares from those giant hands.

Fr. John said...

I absolutely loathe those monstrosities. I'm sure that whoever came up with the idea must surely be out of their mind.

Cantor Nikolaos said...

Never in the Orthodox Church would you find this.

PastorJack said...

Well now, a puppet is an empty parody of something real (or fictitious). It is empty in side except when it has a hand up its ass. Hmm...I'm trying to grasp
the meaning of the iturgical/theological symbolism here.

bob m said...

re: David M said -

Just like there are catalogs of vestments and such there are also catalogs of banners, and yes, puppets, though I have not seen any of the giant version. "Puppet Ministry" is something very popular as a youth ministry tool in many evangelical / "Bible believing" places. This is usually smoething much more portable so they can take them out to preach the gospel.

C. Wingate said...

Hey, I've been to a UCC service where I was expected to participate in the recitation of Que Sera, Sera as a liturgical act, so you can't appall me with mere puppets.

Anonymous said...

As awful as this Bread and Puppet Theater nonsense is, my Disciples of Christ congregation is worse. We eliminated the confession of sin. We never had a confession of faith, but we do have the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Our pastor preaches one service under a giant national flag. He looks like a recruiting sergeant rather than a preacher.

Ted Michael Morgan, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Anonymous said...

Hey Carlos,one Catholic bishop was so not happy about those Call to Action people that he had the group listed as among those which, if anyone in his diocese was in it, they would be excommunicated. Big threat to those silly puppeteers.

Chris Laning said...

Um, maybe people like to use them because they are traditional? Medieval Catholic guilds often used them at festival celebrations.

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

Yes, Chris ... festival celebrations, NOT the freakin' MASS!

Anonymous said...

You did notice that byzantine Catholics have NEVER, and i pray never, used puppets in our worship? For this I am eternally grateful. ^.^

1389 said...

Any young children who see that are likely to run screaming out the door, never to return (at least, not willingly).

What a disgrace.

Jim Olson said...

The people in the pews see these monstrous liturgical violations at General Assemblies, or General Synods, or whatever the national assembly is for their denominations. All the "renewal" people think that this stuff makes worship more interesting.

I got up and walked out of the opening worship at the last UCC General Synod I was at, and have not returned. It's not worship, its entertainment. And the people who develop this stuff get insulted when we call them on it.

Anonymous said...

Possibly the most blasphemous example of 'puppetolatry' I have ever seen.. I was catholic and am now Orthodox and seeing this made me very relieved that I made that choice...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh_nqtp3VrU&feature=related