This morning, Pastor Gary’s sermon was putting the “Go” back into Gospel. Taking his sermon from the Great Commission of Mark 16:15, Pastor wanted the congregation to understand that Christ’s words still hold true today. Goober, of course, focused on the sermon title.
Goober thought Pastor Gary was going somewhere. Wanting to be prepared for Pastor Gary’s trip, he brought out his tank, his tractor, his VW, and his mini-van. He also brought out his alarm clock. Mickey and Ricky were looking for “All the World” on their map of Iowa.
Pastor Gary was understandably confused about Goober’s collection of toy vehicles and told Goober he did not know where Goober was going with the props. Goober told Pastor Gary that was what he wanted to know, “Where are we going?”. Pastor Gary replied, “Goober, I’m not following you.”
“Of course not Pastor Gary, I’m not driving.”
Pastor Gary shook his head. “No, Goober, why do you have your tank, tractor, toy cars and an alarm clock?” Goober then explained that because he didn’t know what kind of trip Pastor Gary was taking he was prepared for any kind of trip, military exercise, farming, shopping, vacation. Pastor Gary sighed, and wanted to know what the alarm clock was for. Goober explained that the alarm clock was to make sure that everybody got up on time for the trip.
The whole time Pastor Gary and Goober are having this discussion, Ricky and Mickey are calling out city names from the Iowa map.
Goober wanted to know if taking the tank along for spreading the gospel was a good idea because then if people didn’t want to believe Jesus, we could tell them to believe or else. Pastor told Goober that it didn’t work during The Crusades and it wouldn’t work today either.
The boys decided to then GO and listen to Pastor’s sermon.
Goober and the rest of the One Way Express team journeyed to Steamboat Rock, Iowa for the pre-Easter Egg Hunt puppet show. First Goober went to where Mapquest said the address was located. After we ended up in a corn field, got a call from Pastor Gary leading us into the proper place and unloaded everything we were good to go.
Goober, Rickey, and Mickey hauled out their trusty map of Iowa looking for Rockboat Thingy, Iowa. After 5 minutes of looking over the map, Pastor Gary managed to convince the boys that they were already there.
Pastor Gary asked the three if they were ready for the upcoming holiday. All three indicated they were and went behind the stage to get ready. They came up wearing green hats and green bow ties and told everybody,”Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!” The kids in the audience ALL tried to correct the boys. Crestfallen, they took down their St. Patty’s decorations and came up with hearts and told everyone, “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Again corrections from the audience. “Election Day?”, NO! “Labor Day?” NO!!!!!!!!!!!! The boys got out their Nativity set and said “Christmas!” No, it’s Easter the kids yelled.
Easter, I know Goober replied that’s the Day Peter Cottontail came out of the tomb and gave eggs and presents to all of Jesus’ disciples. Choruses of “NO!” from the audience while Pastor Gary shook his head and placed his hand on his forehead.
Pastor Gary then got a chance to share the “correct” version of the Easter story with the kids. Goober, Ricky and Mickey launched into their own rendition of a classic Easter hymn.
Lo in the Grave Him lay, Jesus my Savior, Buying stuff on E-bay, Jesus my Lord
Up from the grave Him a Lilly, An’ I know it sounds pretty silly, Him’s the Lilly of the Valley, Jesus is His name, And He’ll live forever, With His saints in the rain, Him a Lilly, Him a Lilly, Hallelujah Christ a Lilly.
Pastor Gary and Goober then proceeded to have an argument about whether Jesus arose or whether Jesus a lilly. The kids in the audience sided with Goober.
Emboldened by the kids agreeing with them the boys went into one of their skits: Master Puppet Theater Presents….
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been?
Goober started the recitation, no cat. Mickey was unable to buy a cat, due to the fact that e-bay was no longer accepting Pastor Gary’s credit card. Goober asked for something cute and furry. Mickey said OK and rustled behind the stage. He gave Goober the go head because he’d found something furry and cute. Take 2
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat where have you been? Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Mickey had found our naughty sheep. Goober got upset and told Mickey he needed a member of the cat family. Mickey said OK. Take 3
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat where have you been Ro-oaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar! Mickey had found a lion. The lion was not happy he had been awakened and he began to chase Goober.
Goober was upset this was NOT what Master Puppet theater was supposed to do. He asked the kids for another chance. Master Puppet Theater presents Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep…. nothing…. (Louder) Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep… Mickey pops up. Where’s Bo Peep? Goober asks. She couldn’t make it today, Mickey replies, I’m gonna be Bo Pete. Goober shakes his head and mutters at least it rhymes with sheep.
Little Bo Pete has lost his shee… BAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! The lamb came in early on his cue. A five minute chase wild lamb chase ensued. Mickey was finally victorious.
One of the ‘tweens in the audience was heard to remark, “This is funnier than Saturday morning cartoons.”
Always leave ‘em wanting more.
In celebration of Palm Sunday, Pastor Gary’s sermon was a monologue/skit of Peter’s thoughts from Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gesthemane through his denial and until Jesus forgave him after the resurrection.
Goober, Ricky and Mickey were all set to celebrate Palm Sunday in style. Ricky got out the chainsaw, Mickey pulled out the battleaxe, and Goober got his toolbox and SUV all ready to go.
Needless to say Pastor Gary was a little confused. Dressed in his Peter outfit and needing to continually duck the battleaxe, Pastor Gary asked Goober what was going on.
Goober explained that he and the boys were getting ready to celebrate Palm Sunday by cutting off people’s ears and then going to Florida afterwards. Pastor Gary did a double take. Goober then explained very quickly that cutting off people’s ears was in homage to Peter’s act of bravery in defending Jesus. The toolbox was in case Pastor Gary couldn’t pray the ears back on, then Goober would use his staple gun to put the ears back on.
Pastor Gary, ducking the battleaxe, told Goober and the boys that Peter cutting off Malchus’ ear was not heroic and that Jesus actually scolded Peter for doing it. After convincing all three that cutting off ears was not a good idea, Pastor Gary finally asked Goober why he had his SUV out.
Goober pulled has patented *sigh* used when Pastor Gary fails to see what Goober thinks is plainly obvious. Goober then said it was to celebrate the day by bouncing in Florida and obviously they’d need to drive because Pastor Gary couldn’t afford airplane tickets.
“What do you mean, bouncing in Florida?” Pastor Gary asked. “What does bouncing in Florida have to do with Palm Sunday?”
“Palm Springs, of course,” Goober replied as he, Ricky and Mickey began bouncing off stage.
This morning, Pastor Gary guest filled a pulpit in Newton, IA. Pastor Ken filled in for him and asked Goober to steer him back on course if he strayed to far from the order of service. Goober only had to bring him back to the published order once.
Pastor Ken’s sermon was from John 2:1-11, the miracle of turning the water into wine. Goober and Ricky had to, as always, help with the sermon illustration. Goober figured he could help by turning water into wine on his own. Mickey on the other hand spent the entire time “whining” over the water.
Goober and Ricky got out their trusty garden hose, a pitcher and food coloring. Their plan was to put water in the pitcher and dump purple food coloring into the this making “wine”. Pastor Ken managed to convince them that was not how Jesus did it. Mickey continued to “whine”.
Goober decided in the end that if Jesus was going to use miracles to make something to drink, that he’d prefer Cherry Coke over wine. Ricky and Goober got into fight over which would be better, Cherry Coke or Mr. Pibb.