Easter Church Drama UMTV

[narrator] An ancient painting
has lessons for modern living. [Bill Roberts] It’s a question
we all ask ourselves: “How strong is our faith?” [narrator] Bill Roberts directs
the play “Master, is it I?” based on da Vinci’s iconic
image of the Last Supper. [Actor] To us, He said, “Let
not your hearts be troubled.” [narrator] Members of Grace
Avenue United Methodist Church near Dallas portray
Jesus and his disciples, at their final meal together. [Billy Echols-Richter] This is
not just a story from the past but instead has a message
that is relevant for
people’s needs today… where they live and what they’re
about, what their fears are, what their hopes are. [narrator] Pastor Billy
Echols-Richter says when audiences see their neighbors
playing the parts, it brings the message close to home. [Billy Echols-Richter] It
touches them maybe in a place they haven’t before. [narrator] Sheb Farris is
Thaddeus in the production. [Sheb Farris] It’s always
much more powerful to see actual people
moving, playing the parts, as opposed to just
reading the words. [Camille Farris] It really
just absolutely brings it
to life for you. [Amy Springs] And it also made
me think about my own life. [narrator] And the action
speaks to all ages. [Merrick Farris] What I
liked the most was the part where he slammed the silver
on the table and he said, “Take back the silver.” [Kids] Butterflies. [narrator] The tense times melt
away on Easter morning when children at the church
release butterflies… another living lesson. [Billy Echols-Richter] The
thing about the butterflies is that whole notion of freedom. We don’t have to live in fear of
death and we don’t have to live in fear of all those
things that overwhelm us. [Rachel Willis] It’s fun.
It’s part of nature. [Tonia Willis] …beginning
of spring and new life. [narrator] And as the
butterflies take flight, kids consider more about the
mystery of creation. [Asher Kniering] They
can just roam free. Now I wonder where they went. Don’t you?

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