St. Paul Lutheran Church is putting on a series of dramas for their Wednesday night Lenten services around the theme: “Hey Joseph!” The dramas are based on the story of Joseph, his father Jacob, and his brothers from Genesis 36-50. They feature one of the most action packed stories in the Old Testament.
It has contemporary relevance in that it deals with family squabbles, favoritism, sibling rivalry, hatred, jealousy, lies, innocence, false accusations, dreams with meaning, prophecies, God’s guidance and providence, confession and forgiveness, family reconciliation and healing, trust and shalom. “Hey Joseph!” is an interactive, intergenerational “Dramily” which utilizes short sermons interwoven with the dramas that recasts and retells the Joseph story from the Old Testament.
Actors “freeze” during these mini-teaching sermons that are interspersed within the dramas. Congregational response is at times invited and encouraged.
Non-perishable food may also be brought to stock “Joseph’s Granary” in preparation for the “famine” part of the story. This food will be donated to the Food Bank here in Mason.
You are asked to bring some of the following food items with you to each midweek service: 2 lb. bags of beans, 2 lb. bags of rice, bags of egg noodles, boxes of cereal (Rice Crispies, Cheerios, etc.), boxes of Macaroni and Cheese, regular cans of soup, cans of diced tomatoes, cans of green beans, cans of corn, cans of carrots, cans of fruit, jars of peanut butter.
The schedule and themes for the remaining Wednesday Lenten services are as follows: February 20, “Hey Joe” Genesis 39:1-23; February 27, “Dreams Come True” Genesis 40-41; March 6, “The Brothers Meet” Genesis 42-43; March 13, “Repentance Tested” Genesis 44:1-34; March 20, “Shalom Restored” Genesis 45:1-20, 25-28. All services start at 7:00 p.m. Supper will be served in our Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights.
Our “Hey Joseph!” theme will also extend into Holy Week: Maundy Thursday March 28, Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m., Theme: “Jesus, the Bread of Life” John 6:35, 41, 48, 50, 51, 58; Good Friday March 29: Worship with Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m., Theme: “Jesus, Our Shalom” Ephesians 2:13-14. Our Easter Sunday Holy Communion will start at 10:45 a.m.