Joyce and I have occasionally had restless nights during this pandemic, and we know others are having the same issue. A former student of mine sent me a link to some recorded prayers over music, and I was moved... and inspired! We have friends who are musicians!
So we recorded these prayers and put them over a bed of music created by our friend Paula Kasica and her musical colleague, David Hadden. The piece is entitled, "Rest." We hope it blesses you at eventide. I asked Joyce if I should mention that it put me to sleep twice while we were editing it, but she said I should share full disclosure: Falling asleep is one of my spiritual gifts! Well, hopefully I've imparted something of that gift through these prayers:
Hit the arrow to play, or if you're getting this in an email you can hear them and future prayers we're hoping to post at www.RichDrama.com/Prayers.
Paula and David's album, "Breath of God," is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Praying this scene from The Chosen over those infected with the coronavirus!
We studied this passage in our men’s group last night by conference call. In this scene we see the first century protective face mask, and Pastor Randy pointed out that people probably needed to stay six feet away from lepers and wash their hands for 20 seconds after being exposed to them, but Jesus touched them. They didn’t infect Him. He made them clean. Praying the Lord will touch people through us during this unique time for everyone.
Then we discussed Jesus healing the paralytic, and The Chosen has a scene on that story, too:
My friend and mentor Roger Nelson went home to the Lord last year, but his ministry continues. Here's a performance of his one-man play, The Confession of St. Patrick. Click the arrow below, or if you're receiving this in an email you can view it at www.RichDrama.com/SaintPatrick.
During his 35 years of ministry, Roger Nelson performed the one-man plays on John Wesley (A Man from Aldersgate) and St. Patrick (The Confession of St. Patrick) in over 1,800 performances in over 32 countries and all 50 states.
For more about Roger's work, visit www.A1ManPlay.com.
This performance of The Confession of St. Patrick is posted with the blessing of The Friends of John Wesley, the organization that oversaw Roger's work until he died in 2019, and with the blessing of Roger's sister, Joan.
Roger's friend, BJ Johnston, is performing Roger's other play, The Man From Aldersgate. You can find out more information and book a live performance at www.JohnWesleyPlay.com.
Roger and I rented an Off-Broadway theatre, Theatre 315, and rotated my play about Eric Liddell and his play about John Wesley. See the rest of the Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.
I’m thrilled to be cast as Mordecai in a production of Jean Racine’s Esther! I felt like the Lord was calling me to produce and direct this play years ago, but it didn’t work out. To be performing in a production of this play in the very theatre where I was going to produce it is very special indeed! It’s confirmation that the Lord really wants this story told! I didn’t mentioned it to the director of this production, Christopher Monroe, until after he was doing a production of it a couple of years ago! The Lord put it on his heart separately. Christopher asked me to play Mordecai in that production, but the performance dates were during the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp, so I had to sadly pass. I’m so thrilled they’re doing the play again and that I can be a part of it!
Jean Racine was the Shakespeare of France, and this 1876 translation by Caroline Andrews maintains Racine’s rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter. It’s out of print, but Christopher tracked a copy down at Yale’s library.
I’ll post more later about how to get tickets, but for now I just want to urge you to save the dates. My performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, May 14 through 30 at 7pm.
Performances will be at Theatre 315, 315 W 47th St, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan.
Joyce and I used readers theatre to bring the story of Rahab and the Israelite spies from Joshua 2 to life in the continuation of Westchester Chapel's "Taking the Land" series. In an adapted readers' theatre form, the Swingles share how Salvation for all who desire it is at the core of the story of Rahab and the spies sent by Joshua to Jericho. My observations about the archeological discoveries at Jericho came mostly from the documentary, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.
Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Weekend, Belated Religious Freedom Day (on which it was proclaimed that prayer is allowed in public schools), Happy Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Happy Sanctity of Human Life Sunday! I got to open our service at Westchester Chapel praising and praying for these wonderful celebrations of liberty and hope! Joyce opened her message talking about how challenging it was to pack for Africa.