From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Friends Of The Groom Is (Are?) Coming

The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. John 3:29 (ESV)

Several years ago, when my worship team and I attended the Calvin Worship Symposium, we saw a drama group called “Friends Of The Groom” and were quite impressed. I struggle a bit with describing them to you – “drama group” doesn’t quite do it. FOTG does do drama, but what impressed me was their illumination, or living illustration, of Scripture. Several times they simply presented a portion of Scripture – with movement and voice that made the meaning come alive. In other words, I appreciated their Biblical integrity.

That said, they’re also a funny group, pointing out human foibles with gentle (usually!) sense of humor. Don’t get me wrong – they’re not silly. But there is a lightheartedness about the faith that lets us see ourselves and others honestly.

Check out their website here for biographies, samples, etc.

Now why am I telling you all this? FOTG will be here at St. Paul’s the weekend of October 26-28 with several opportunities to enjoy them:

  • Friday evening performance in the sanctuary, 7:00 pm; tickets are $10 and can be purchased thru the church office, or one of many sponsors; refreshments will follow in the Baltz Parlor
  • Saturday workshops – FOTG will work with youth and adults in interpreting and expressing Scripture through drama and movement; cost is $10
  • Sunday worship – FOTG will assist in leading worship at both services.
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