Luckey church brings nativity scene to life PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:11
The actors of the Salem Grace United Lutheran Church perform a live nativity Saturday night. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY - One street in the Village of Luckey was transformed Saturday evening to the days of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem.
Shepherd guides took visitors from inside Salem Grace United Lutheran Church on a short journey retelling the story of Joseph and Mary, as she carried the Christ Child.
The Holy Family along with the shepherd guide meet up with more shepherds and the wise men as they explain their role in the original Christmas story on their way to the stable. This was the fourth year for the church's live Nativity.
Rather than just have actors standing still in a manger scene, all of those involved have speaking parts, including three sheep and the debut of Gracie, a live camel. Though Gracie did not follow a script, she often would grunt as she stood beside the manger, adding to the realism of the scenes. The sheep were mostly silent, but did bleat on occasion. Also silent was Buttercup, a pony which portrayed the donkey used by Joseph and Mary on their journey.
Pastor Jaci Tiell served as one of the shepherd guides.
"This is really a great way for the people in the community to hear the story of Jesus' birth in an informal way," Tiell said prior to leading one of eight groups on the journey during the evening. "It is a very nice experience."
Hans Gillier of Oregon made the trip to Luckey to view the production and said he was very impressed.
Joseph, played by Bill Bradfield, left, and Mary, played by Kim Kohring, search for shelter during the Salem Grace United Lutheran Church's performance of a live nativity Saturday night.
"It was great for my girls to hear the sounds and to see the shepherds with their sheep," Gillier said. "I enjoyed the way it progressed as Mary and Joseph stumbled upon the shepherds and then walk with them through the process."
The tours ended at the manger scene with all the characters gathered around the baby Jesus, depicted with a doll.
"It was powerful," Gillier summarized.
Kim Kohring has been active in the production all four years, serving her second year in the role of Mary.
"It's exciting to tell the the story and to actually walk a journey," Kohring said while admitting their short walk was nothing compared to the journey made by the Holy Family.
"This is what Christmas is all about, not all that hustling around. It's the birth of Christ," Kohring added.
Joseph was portrayed for the second year by Bill Bradfield.
"It's an honor," he said of his role, "It provides a very special meaning for me."
Meagan Hardy said she has been involved since the beginning. She was one of the shepherds and spoke as she held one of the sheep, which are owned by her cousins.
"It's a lot of fun. We try to make people really feel what we feel," Hardy said. "We want to make people stop and think. To remind them of the love of the Lord."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:21

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