These unique proclamations of scripture follow the oral tradition of the early church. Perhaps a group of early Christians gathered together to hear a local story teller relate the life of Jesus, the things he said and the things he did. Each of these dramatic events from Michael and Patrick is such a story telling. While scripture reading is sometimes used as a theme for a talk, or a teaching of a proof text, these productions aim to give a bigger picture, the larger context, the whole story, in one sitting.
There is much to be gained by the hearing of an entire book, without commentary, without expounding the text, but letting the story unfold in a connected way from beginning to end. While each line has a meaning, the Gospel as a whole also has a meaning, and makes points that are not heard in a fragmented reading.
The simplest and most direct Gospel is Mark. It is hard to think of a drama that is better written. The stories open and close with obvious entrance and closing points, and the drama notes is easy to follow.
For this reason, Mark’s Gospel is recommended as a first performance for your congregation, followed in later visits with Matthew, Luke, John and Revelation.
Because of the numerous symbols in Revelation, some congregations conduct a study program before Revelation is presented. Yet, when heard as a whole, even this work strongly makes its unique points to salvation history.
Each performance is designed for your sanctuary as a special two-hour evening event, to be heard with the heart as well as with the ear. The effects of dramatic lighting, sound and costuming work with the text in an integral way, so that the beauty of the Word of God is honored in a blend of voice, music, movement and light. Each dramatic presentation follows the Jerusalem Bible text.
Publicity material to help promote the event includes posters, photographs, tickets, programs, copy and graphics for bulletins, newsletters, and newspapers, prepared specifically for you.
As a ministry of proclamation this work has been received by enthusiastic audiences of many denominations, and has proven to be a powerful and prayerful faith experience for all who hear it.