Presented Oct. 28, 2006 at Greater Love Christian Church. CinDay Guild and “Tongues of Truth” Storytellers.
Pumpkin Christians – anonymous
The Burning Bush – Exodus 3:1-12
The Witch of Endor – I Samuel 28:1-25
The Golden Arm – Negro folktale
John the Baptist – Luke 3:7-17
Pentecost – Acts 2
Breakfast at the Beach – John 21
Abiyoyo – African folktale
A Tale of Two Altars – 1 Kings 18
All Soul’s Eve
Lot at the city gates – Genesis 19
The Firey Furnace – Daniel 3
The Fire & the Knife (Binding of Isaac) – Genesis 22:1-18
The Eleven Fifty-nine
Wait Until Martin Comes
Things That Go Bump in the Night – Scottish Prayer
CinDay teamed up with Tongues of Truth from Greater Love Christian Church to tell “Fire Stories” on a rainy October night. We told biblical stories that had fire as an element, like Moses and the Burning Bush and Pentecost.We also told stories from other traditions that fit the season, like the erie tale of “The Eleven-Fiftynine” told Nadine Abernathy.
“I see a divine being coming up out of the ground.” Darlene Clements-McKinney told the story of “The Witch of Endor” from I Samuel 28. Definitely a story for the days approaching All Soul’s Day.
“You brood of vipers!” Dennis Williams told Luke’s version of John the Baptist’s ministry. Lots of fire talk in his preaching: He says Jesus will baptize with fire, and will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. Watch out!
“Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering.” Gye Miller told how Elijah triumphed over the priests of Baal in “A Tale of Two Altars” from 1 Kings 18.
“Come and have breakfast.” Tom Boomershine told the resurrection story from John 21 about Jesus fixing fish and bread on a charcoal fire for his disciples. We had hot dogs, chips, and apple cider. Maybe not as healthy, but tasted great!
“I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt, and one of them looks like a god.” Mary Kercheval-Short told the story of “The Fiery Furnace” from Daniel 3. Now THERE’s a fire story!
“Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.” No, Joyce Orr is not carving the pumpkin, she’s telling the story from Genesis 22 about Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering.
Congratulations! Members of the audience praise first-time teller Nadine Abernathy for her impressive rendition of “The Eleven-Fiftynine,” about the train that comes for a sleeping car porter when his time is up: “tick-tock, tick-tock.”