One way to introduce a sermon series on generous giving is through the use of both music and story—to perform a stewardship musical for the congregation! This is a great way to get both adults and students involved together in learning to “excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7b). See also what Scripture says about giving.
Riches 2 Rags
Dennis and Nan Allen. Brentwood, Tenn.: Allen House Productions, n.d.
The biblical story of Job has always been one of inspiration. Job lost it all—his riches, his livelihood, his children—and still he praised God. Even though Job sometimes questioned God’s ways, he never questioned God’s presence. This 90-minute, two-act musical is set in modern day, but efforts have been taken to maintain the elements and characters in the story true to the scriptural account. With as many as 32 characters (it can be performed with fewer, with doubling) and a chorus, this can be a grand production on a limited budget.
To the Castle: A Musical for Stewards
Jay Beech. Moorhead, Minn.: Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000.
This children’s musical, written for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, introduces the audience to a troupe of medieval townspeople awaiting the return of their Ruler. Whimsical and instructive, it is designed to help congregation members understand how stewardship is part of everyday life. To the Castle features seven scenes and eight songs in a variety of musical styles, including Dixieland, bebop, swing and march. It works as a full-scale production with 17 actors or as readers’ theater, with eight actors/singers reading from scripts and singing along with the accompanying CD.
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