River City House of Praise – The Chimes

December 22, 2013 – River City House of Praise

The River City House of Praise performers present “The Chimes” by Charles Dickens.

River City House of Praise

About River City House of Praise: In 2004 an evening rehearsal of A Christmas Carol led creators Brett Strobel, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, and actors/writers Bobbi Kidder, Ed Gangner and Melinda Strobel to the brainstorm of a radio-style worship service which, with humor, pointed out the foibles of the church, allowed us to laugh at our spiritual misconceptions, and re-introduced some classic Christian literature.

First presented in July 2012, River City House of Praise is offered 4-6 times a year. New sketches are written for each episode, as is special music (composed by Jeff Kauffman). This is church like you’ve never experienced it before–good-natured, rib-tickling humor mixed with sound effects and audience interaction. It’s a new way to learn about God and giggle at the foibles of the church.

Isaiah 35:1-7

35:1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes. (ESV)