Dear Church Family,
This is set to be a busy but fun weekend for our family. Tomorrow, our oldest daughter, Taylor, will make her debut appearance with the Plano Children’s Theater in their production of Snow White.
She voiced a desire to try theater after her involvement in Gospel Gang and church musicals thanks to lots of encouragement from Lynda Morrison, our director of Children’s Music Ministry and Lauren Webster, our Coordinator of Children’s Elementary Ministry who…by the way…was a professional stage actress in her former life!
Taylor came to Jennifer and me shortly after the new year and announced her plans to audition. When I asked her if she was going for the lead role of Snow White, she confidently said, “No! I want to be the Evil Queen!” As you can imagine, I laughed out loud using my best Dr. Evil impersonation!
She worked so hard on her monologue and audition song, so we were elated when the theater called to tell her she got the part!
The last few months have been filled with rehearsals and line memorization, but I think her favorite part has been the costuming and make-up she’s been experimenting with over the last few weeks.
Kids love that, don’t they? Playing dress-up. Getting to be something they’re not, even if for just a few hours on stage.
And deep down, pretending to be something or someone we’re not, never really quite goes away. Until we truly know how deeply loved and special we are in the eyes of God, we will be tempted to keep playing dress-up! It is only after we become confident in our identity in Jesus Christ that we are free to be our most authentically flawed selves.
This week as we continue our sermon series “Fakebook: Being Authentic in a Fake World,” we’re going to talk about how when we are authentic in our relationship with Christ we are compelled to be a witness to others. Once we have been saved by grace through faith, we quite literally cannot help but tell others about the work God is doing in and through us. In fact, if you’re a member of this church you made a promise to support the Kingdom through your prayers, presence, gifts, service and Christian witness. I look forward to exploring the ways in which we can do that together.
Hope to see you Sunday.
Reverend Kory Knott
Senior Minister, Custer Road United Methodist Church
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