Do you have a new or newish Christian at Church or homegroup?
Do their faces sometimes look blank when you talk about Christian things?
Maybe they need this!
Well this is the season of the Nativity Play. And the Church Sofa is no different. Well… there are some differences from a standard Nativity Plan.
For starters (like the original Easter play) this is a play hosted by The Rebel Alliance, and the Empire from the Lego Star Wars Universe. (There may be some other guest appearances as well), and sadly this play is also told through a number of photographs, no video is available.
Also, this may not be the most Biblically accurate Nativity Play ever. BUT I can confirm there are no lobsters.
Oh… and its also a bit silly.
So with out further waffle, please let me introduce a re-edited repeat of:
The Lego Star Wars Christmas Story.
A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy far Far Away…
26 During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.”
Luke Chapter 1
Joseph didn’t exactly feel blessed when he heard the news… so planned to quietly call the whole marriage thing off.
At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register. 2 This was the first registration;[a] it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to their own towns to be registered.
4 So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. 5 Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged[b] and who was now pregnant.
Joseph tried checking into the one hostel in town…
As the hostel seemed a little over full… they ended up finding a shed around the back…
…Mary gave birth in a shed around the back of the hostel.*
8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Luke Chapter 2
*Kinda roughly based on Luke Chapter 2 – ish.
1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”
3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:
It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”
7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”
Matthew Chapter 2
9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
Matthew Chapter 2
12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.
Matthew Chapter 2
13 …God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”
(kinda based on Matthew Chapter 2)
They all went their own ways, and everyone lived happily ever after.
For an alternative Christmas flavored Star Wars, check out the Star Wars Holiday Special. (Be Warned – Its REALLY BAD!)
(And if you made it this far. Well Done. I might make a
more coherent better one for next year… )
Have you ever wondered, “Who rules Christmas? Santa or Jesus?”
Well it seems there’s a board game to help people debate that question.
The page on Amazon doesn’t seem to give many clues about what the game actually involves, apart from the following “Can your team work together to save a group of North Korean’s imprisoned for illegally singing Christmas Carols? Guess the punchlines to awful Christmas jokes in the new quiz show ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little QuizMas’? Or will you land a role in the new Christian rom-com ‘There’s Something About The Virgin Mary?’ There is only one way to find out.”
Either way, I think I would personally prefer chocolate, or cider.. or something…
If you like it, you can get more information about it from Amazon.
Are you afraid to talk about Christmas in your workplace? That’s the question people seem to be asking themselves, after MP Fiona Bruce asked the following in Parliament:
I wonder if most people struggle to NOT talk about Christmas at this time of year.
There seems to be an undercurrent in this question, that is to suggest that Christians don’t feel free to discuss their beliefs in this country. I wonder if this really is the case? Or are we being told something, in the hope that if we hear it enough, we believe it?
Look. If someone at your office doesn’t want to talk about Christmas, its more likely they want to get on with work, rather then prosecute you for being a Christian.
What do you think? Is Fiona Bruce asking an important question? Are you afraid to talk about Christmas in your workplace? Do you think its all a matter of perception?
Have you ever gone to a carol service Church Carol Service, and thought about how well behaved people seem to be? Have you ever got slightly bored and wondered what you could do about it? Or are you wanting to take the focus away from the teenagers that are being unreasonably tutted at? Well you might find some inspiration here in our list of Ten Ways to Misbehave at a Church Carol Service*:
- You know those spiky orange things? How well do you reckon they’ll work in a game of marbles?
- Keep referring to Christingles as “spiky orange things”.
- Find the secret hidden free chocolate stash… and get eating… at the start of the service.
- Are you at midnight mass? Swap the red wine for port*…
- During silent prayer, stick your hand up and ask when the big red guy is going to turn up?
- Do you go to a cool church that sings Christmas carols with up to do lyrics? Help out the worship band by singing the right lyrics, loudly.
- Order the Christmas special from your local pizza place
- Are you at a candle lit service? See how long you can hold one of the smaller candles for… For bonus points, challenge your neighbour.
- Don’t boil the mulled wine enough to get rid of the alcohol.*
- Spend the service theologically picking apart the historical and well loved Christmas carols you are seeing. Loudly. Within earshot of the worship team.
*Obviously any of this may really annoy people. Be careful of your audience. Play nice. We accept no responsibility if you end up in Church Jail***!
**You might want to tell any drivers they might actually be over the legal limit to drive. You can blame the youth worker or something…
*** What would Church Jail actually look like?
Any other ideas you’d like to add or admit to?