Here is a trailer of what is coming to St. Andrew’s at all the Sunday services on October 26.
An Oxford scholar calls “The Screwtape Letters” the finest work of spiritual direction that was ever written. It describes the journey, from beginning to maturity, of the Christian life. It does so with an incredibly strange vantage point, from the perspective of evil. What does evil think of a person who comes to faith in Jesus Christ? C.S. Lewis has used an incredibly imaginative tool to be able to help describe things that might seem mundane or often filled with Sunday school language. He thought that more people lost their faith because of a lack of imagination rather than a lack of intelligence. C.S. Lewis says in his introduction of “The Screwtape Letters” that the devil is the father of all lies. He manipulates and warps the truth.
There is a wonderful acting troupe out of New York City, staring Max Mclain, who’s an acclaimed playwright as well as actor. They have brought to life and made a stage production of “The Screwtape Letters.” This troupe has received acclamation from the New York Times and other publications that are often quite critical, particularly of Christian art. On October 26, at each of our Sunday services (8:00, 9:30 and 11:11 a.m.) there will be a 30 or 40 minute presentation. There is not time to do the whole play in our worship services but we have asked them to do the best of “Screwtape” and to make it come alive. This satirical perspective offers a fresh insight of what it means to really live for God.
“Screwtape Letters” is a series of letters written from a senior demon to a junior tempter, so this presentation is not appropriate for elementary school kids; however, our Sunday School programming will be held as usual.