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Why tell stories in church? 

The Christian tradition is rich with stories and storytellers. No doubt the Old Testament stories were known through the oral tradition of the storytellers and were passed along from generation to generation long before they were written down. Jesus used stories to teach His gospel to the crowds that followed Him. The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ miracles and his resurrection were shared by word of mouth before they were recorded in the form we read in our worship each week.  Just as the disciples eventually recorded the gospels so that they would not be lost, we retell parts of our story –the story of our relationship with a loving God– each week in our liturgies. We retell these stories that we might never forget them. 

Storytelling creates an intimate relationship between the teller and the listener. Stories engage us on many levels and can help us to grasp truths about ourselves, our relationship to God and to one another. Jesus didn't write position papers or treatises, he told stories so that his followers would understand, through seeing themselves in the story, the Good News that he brought to all people. 

One of our great needs, as Christians today, is to see ourselves in the stories we share in worship, to see the Bible as our story. Stories help us to understand the Gospel message not only with our minds but also with our hearts.    

Where does storytelling fit in our worship? 

  • Storytelling can be part of the liturgy of the Word  
  • Storytelling can be part of our response to God's word  
  • Storytelling can become the homily  
  • Storytelling can be especially effective as a part of "all-age" worship  
  • Storytelling can be a part of the church school program           

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