What! Fossil Free Nativity? No dinosaurs?

No, I am not referring to some Primary School which upset some children and parents by refusing to allow pupils to dress up in dino suits and stand with the sheep in the school nativity. not that some school “nativities” are no better than that. Often nativities have degenerated into a general Winterval concert, with the only nod to the birth of Christ being singing “Away in a Manger”. I can say that as for the last forty years I have sat through dozens of “nativities” put on for Church and County schools and within the church. Some have been very good and put over the story of Jesus’ birth in a fresh way for children and parents, many are indifferent and some were a farce.

A fossil free Nativity is very different. I am not sure how best to describe it, without imitating the language of St Paul in his stroppy letter to the Galatians and from a similar level of feeling. A fossil free nativity is a way of using the basic outline of the birth of Jesus with the usual characters and adding two “baddies” EDF and BP. The aim is to raise awareness about climate change and the need to get rid of dirty fossil fuels and DIVEST. Of course, in November, Oxford Diocese voted to divest from fossil fuels over the next five years. (I note that there was no motion for all Oxford Anglicans to stop USING fossil fuels in any shape or form.) http://operationnoah.org/news-events/church-england-oxford-diocese-decides-go-fossil-free/

You could google for other reports.

Last year A Fossil Free Nativity was performed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral and is described here; http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/6517 and in 2014 it took place outside Methodist Central Hall in London. here are two of their photographs

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and it is described here; http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/8134

Both of these come from the Green Christian website and below is another from Operation Noah/Bright Now, which is the driving force behind disinvestment in fossil fuels;

http://brightnow.org.uk/news/christian-activists-perform-fossil-free-nativity-outside-methodist-central-hall/

Below I include the full script of the Fossil Free Nativity (and  join in the carols) and decide for your self what you think of it.

To give a flavour of where I stand as a Christian concerned deeply for the environment I include a copy of my letter to the main CofE newspaper The Church Times  published on 12th December 2014. (There could be a reply on 19th Dec)

Dear Sir,
Well, Oxford Diocese is the first to vote for divestment, right under the nose of the Shell Geoscience Laboratory in my old Earth Sciences Department! That caused a ripple when it was formed last year, with a designated Shell professor. Ironically the vote for divestment coincided with the fall of oil prices, disarray in OPEC, confusion in the oil market, all of which may or may not be game-changing for oil.
However the call for divestment seems to be more ideological than ethical, theological or practical, as it seems more like a vote against sin rather than dealing with it! Everyone one of us will being using fossil fuels, either directly or indirectly, for the rest of this century. The important issue is rather how the whole world can move to cleaner energy production, rather than token divestment which will marginalise the protestors and thus green voices will be ignored.
Like any industry, fossil fuel companies need ethical challenging both from the outside and within with investors calling firms to task when necessary. On both of these churches have an important role to play, as we are seeing over the Archbishop and foodbanks, provided the arguments presented are well-thought and grounded in theology and the real world and not from a knee-jerk ideology.
Unfortunately we do see the latter and much of the movement to divestment is not well-thought and also marred with serious mistakes. Whether we like it or not the whole world is dependent on fossil fuels and they cannot be dispensed with in a few years or a few decades. The progress to cleaner energy can either be catastrophic or gradual, with the two threats  of doing nothing and accelerating climate change or forcing for removal of fossil fuels which will either be rebuffed with “fossil abusers” getting the upper hand or breaking down a society dependent on fossil fuels creating hunger and fuel poverty on a massive scale. It seems that divestors have not considered any alternatives or ways of transitioning to cleaner energy.
This is not surprising as one cleaner energy is demonised and rejected, and that is shale gas. Operation Noah, the driving force of divestment in our churches has fallen into this trap. They fail to consider alternatives to divestment and also are seriously inaccurate on shale gas as can be seen in their report Bright Now and the writings of several of their patrons and board, one of which is described by a professor of petrophysics as “perhaps the most erroneous document on shale gas I have ever seen”. I found that comment most embarrassing, but irrefutable. It does raise questions of competence and bias, but it is common among those who oppose shale gas and repeat the common anti-fracking memes. There is little awareness that fossil fuels vary in their dirtiness with coal by far the worst, or that least worst is sometimes the best. False claims that fracked gas is worse than coal do not make for a sensible dialogue, nor do howlers on fossil fuels.
Far better would be for churches, and the Church of England, to consider all alternatives, rather than appeal for divestment. They also need to get their facts right. If not the Church of England will become a stranded resource.
Yours sincerely
Michael Roberts (Rev)
Frankly I find appeals for divestment (and against fracking) to be utter folly (theological use of that word) and very ill-thought out. I reckon the green wing of the churches has got things very very wrong and, despite being green, I cannot identify with this kind of thing. It will do nothing to help the environment and nullifies all the much-needed green concerns these groups have. I find that their approach has descended into a political ideology rather than a wise and constructive way of dealing with environmental issues.
I find this very sad.
In today’s society we cannot live without fossil fuels and to ban would result in an utter catastrophe whereby many would die of starvation or cold, not to mention illness.
My challenge to anyone who supports divestment is to ask;
Will you stop using fossil fuels in any shape or form, whether for heating, transport (personal and for goods), food (artificial fertilisers and transport), clothing (artificial fibres and energy used to make and transport clothes made from natural fibres), water (dependent on much energy usage) and any electrical or electronic goods?
Those who favour this kind of thing should be given the following challenge;

Will they have the guts to live a Fossil Free 2015, and eshew fossil fuels in ALL aspects of their lives?

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A Fossil Free Nativity (2014)

Script by Westley Ingram

Song lyrics revised by George Dow, Simon Honey and Ben Rafferty.

This script is intended to be used in goodwill, for larking about, for struggles against principalities and powers* and for purposes not commercial.

( * Principalities and powers This expression is found 6 times in the New Testament most notably in Pauls letter to the Ephesians chap 6 vs 12, and are part of the evils forces which are against God, thus evil. This shows that the authors of this “nativity” thought all energy and fossil fuel (eg EDF and BP who are named) companies to be evil and anti-God. I find this offensive as a Christian)

Parts (14):       Narrator                     EDF                Wise One 1                Shepherd 1

Mary               Angel Gabriel     BP                   Wise One 2                Shepherd 2

Joseph            Zachariah                   King Herod     Wise One 3                Scripture Reader                       

 

Prologue:  Narrator, Gabriel, Scripture

 

During the prologue all three are on stage staying pretty still unless they feel like moving about.

 

Narrator:        Hello Strangers, hello friends,

Angels, donkeys, mice and men.

And woman.  Heaven forfend misogyny

should mar this blessed Nativity.

 

But marred we are, the gloop is thick

and round our necks.  We’re sinking quick.

In our sorry state we gasping plead

for some great estate to take a lead.

What’s that you say?  Do my ears deceive?

Rumours of a fossil free C of E?

Perhaps with Bishops on the ball

There is some good news after all!

 

And like a branch snatched from the fire

it’s not just these Bishops that conspire.

Knowing cleanliness is next to Godliness

Methodists ponder whether to disinvest.

 

But I tarry and time is short

as our climatologists report

To waste more time would be a sin,

So let’s begin, at the begin.

 

Scripture reading:

John 1, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

Gabriel:          The Word spoke out many things

on foot and fin and on the wing

of Water, earth, wind and fire

all elements that do conspire

 

to allow life and grant great pleasure

when each is present in due measure

but dark uncreation undoes his great care

when too much Carbon is in the air.

 

John 1, 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the

darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

Gabriel:          But life, like it’s source is ever working

and there is hope everywhere lurking.

Oil men rub their hands, worrying not the least

too busy to notice a star in the east.

There is a third act.  We’ll breath clear again

But first what we need are a few good women and men.

 

John 1, 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to

bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to

bear witness about the light.

 

 

Narrator:        So now as we strain under this coalition:

The greenest one ever once their own position.

We wonder perhaps if they will with our permission

Set to work putting right our awful condition.

 

Or perhaps, somebody else needs to get the ball rolling

To create a popular movement ever extolling

Faith, Hope and Love and Climate Justice

You know what I mean:  just like John the Baptist.

 

All sing:          SILENT NIGHT

 

                              Silent Night, Holy Night

When will you see the light?

Arctic melting as temperatures rise

Carbon burning and filling the skies

Churches – think of God’s way

For Christ’s sake please hear what we say

 

 

End of Prologue

Scene 1:          Zachariah (Narrator, Scripture, Gabriel, Zachariah)

 

Narrator, Scripture reader  and Zachariah on stage.  Gabriel enters later.

 

Narrator:        Okay, now we’re going.  This is the first Scene.

If you’ve arrived late.  It’s a Nativity: Fossil Free.

Our Story now finds us in the time of King Herod.

Herod the Great.  Not his son, also called Herod.

 

Now Herod’s not that Great, he works for the Romans

a faceless foreign empire who think they own everything

he’s lots of blood on his hands but he’s rebuilding the temple

So the Religious establishment won’t say anything.

 

His people do suffer despite their Priest’s silence

One after another beset my more violence

Economic and social and some by the sword

as Priests, Prophets and Rabbis say nary a word.

 

Scripture: Habakkuk 1

                        2 How long, LORD, must I call for help,

but you do not listen?

Or cry out to you, “Violence!”

but you do not save?

                        3 Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;

there is strife, and conflict abounds.

                        4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,

and justice never prevails.

The wicked hem in the righteous,

so that justice is perverted.

 

Narrator:        Speaking of Priests today is the day

When Zachariah goes in to pray

into the temple’s secret places, befitting his station

he offers up prayers for the whole Hebrew nation.

 

Zachariah:      Hello!  I am actually a pretty good gent

both great and good.  Quite establishment.

Of good standing, from a good family

but my wife and I remain child free.

Though young at heart, time marches on

and our child bearing days are now long gone.

 

Narrator:        As he watches the incense as it rises up to heaven.

Out of nowhere the Angel Gabriel says hello to him!

 

Gabriel:          Hello!

 

Zachariah:      (falls on his face)

 

Gabriel:          Zachariah!  Get up.  There’s nothing to fear

although this always happens when angels appear.

 

I have come to tell you some very good news

God has heard your prayers and is not amused.

He sees the corruption, the lies and the pain.

This is just like Egypt all over again.

 

He will sort this out but he will need a hand.

He will send out a singular man,

and here’s the kicker, you’ll like this one.

You and your Mrs will have a singular son.

 

Zachariah:      This is fantastic!  Oh my word, on my life!

I can’t wait to go and tell my wife.

We have waited and wanted and prayed

that we would have a child one day.

 

Gabriel:          Yes, he’ll be quite the fellow.  He may seem funny

as he goes about in Camel hair and eating wild honey.

But no-one will be laughing when he preaches repent!

And goes about baptising.  That will be why he’s sent.

 

People will rethink their ways.  Hearts and minds will be won

And parents will show concern for their daughters and sons.

They may even begin to wonder how their kids will fair

with droughts, storms and flooding every year, everywhere.

 

He will make straight roads and prepare the nation

to receive the truth from Jesus, his own poor relation.

Then he will be beheaded for opposing King Herod,

Not this one.  His son, also called King Herod.

 

Zachariah:      Hang on now.  In case you were not told

Myself and my wife are exceedingly old.

Check your facts.  Something is amiss.

I don’t know now if I am up for this.

 

Gabriel:          I’m the Angel Gabriel.  My facts are correct.

I got this information straight from God direct.

Changes are coming.  I do accurately relay

that this boy when a man has a big part to play.

 

One more thing Zacchariah then I’ll be gone.

Not a peep out of you til you name the boy John.

 

Narrator:        From that moment on Zachariah spake not a word

He tried to explain to his wife what he’d heard.

He made himself clear.  It took a while

then they busied themselves conceiving a child

 

 

 

All sing:          IN THE PEAK OIL WINTER

 

In the peak oil winter The fossil fuels all gone No coal to smelt the iron, Let’s go back to stone GDP is falling, plastics had it’s day In the peak oil winter Not too far away

 

 

End of Scene 1

Scene 2: Mary (Narrator, Mary, Gabriel, Scripture)

 

Narrator, Scripture reader and Mary on stage.  Gabriel enters later.

 

Narrator:        In scene 2 we meet Mary, a girl of low station

She is Zach’s wife Elizabeth’s own poor relation

As she sits in the dark she is darning a sock

so when it is done she can put it in hock

 

Her fiance called Joseph is out.  He works all the time.

He’s out fitting solar panels in rain, hail or shine.

Like Joseph, this young woman Mary is a practical sort

and little suspects an Angel speeds her way by public transport.

 

Scripture:       Psalm 112

                        4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,                            for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.                         5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,                            who conduct their affairs with justice.

                        6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;                            they will be remembered forever.

 

Gabriel:          (enter Gabriel)

Mary!  The Lord thinks you are fantastic

he’s getting excited.  Heavens gone frantic!

 

Mary:             (falls to the floor)

 

Gabriel:          Calm down there Mary.  Don’t be afraid!

Good news.  Soon you’ll be in the family way!

 

Mary:             (gets up)

What are you saying?  I will not have a baby.

I’m quite confident.  No ifs, buts or maybes.

Events must conspire before a babes on the scene

and I have never, ever…, You know what I mean?

 

Gabriel:          Oh don’t worry Mary, what you say is a fact

but the spirit of God will take care of all that.

 

Mary:             Say what now?

 

Gabriel:          Don’t worry Mary.  Wondrous things will unfold

Your son, named Jesus will do things long foretold

He’ll be this lands greatest ruler and then…

Ah, Peace on the Earth and goodwill toward men..

 

Mary:             And women?

 

Gabriel:          Yes, and women.  Women and men.

And his Kingdom will have no end.

 

Mary:             In case you hadn’t noticed I don’t live in a palace.

I can’t raise a King.  Not with my bank balance!

 

Gabriel:          Verily Mary, we agree with your sums

You have 99 problems but being rich ain’t one.

It’s not just that you’re broke and living in obscurity

Now bang goes your good name, despite all of your purity.

 

This King will be humble, and of low station

getting a bottom up view of his creation.

In case your worried this is too much for you

This little scandal’s going to ruin Joseph too.

 

Mary:             Oh, that’s all right then I suppose.

 

Gabriel:          Excellent! Now I’m off.  I’ll let myself out.

I expect you and Joseph have a lot to talk about.

 

One last thing.  Watch out for Herod, he’s a little bit crazy

he does everything he’s told by his advisors, EDF and BP.

They have him all wrapped up and for their own improvement

and are unlikely to aid in the Peace on Earth movement.

(exit Gabriel)

 

Mary:             Maybe God isn’t looking down on us as it turns out:

from the top of the Shard, with the rich in collusion.

But at last God is with us, who they said didn’t count,

looking down on the rich from our place of exclusion.

 

                        Well this is rich!  I tell you in the sight of you all.

If I am raising a King he will be called Wonderful!

He will love his Mother, his neighbours and his foes

Poor in spirit and in pocket, meek, gentle and opposed

 

to brutal sorts, unpopular with the establishment,

or anyone corrupt or crooked, the liars and the bent.

Everybody else though will think he is the best

and his friends with cash in fossil fuels will surely disinvest.

 

           

All sing:          NO OIL

 

                              No oil, no oil the angels did sing                         No more fossil fuels just invest in green things                         Solar panels, local food, and other green stuff

                        Insulate all buildings then we’ll be warm enough                         No Oil, no oil, no oil, no oil                         Now is the time to divest from those fuels!

 

 

End of Scene 2

Scene 3 (Narrator, Herod, BP, EDF, Wise One 1, Wise One 2, Wise One 3)

 

Narrator, Scripture reader, Herod, BP and EDF on stage.  Wise ones enter later.

 

Narrator:        While all that was going on up north with Mary

In the capital King Herod was being kept busy.

His people complain of the latest of their many ills

as he asks BP and EDF how to lower their energy bills.

 

Despite their input and their constant devotion

thanks to an e-petition and an early day motion

As a sign of good will He has granted a short audience

to three wise folk from East Anglia.  The mood’s a little tense.

 

Lucky for Herod with his advisors on hand

He can come over as a reasonable man.

Besides he needs the support of these financial giants

more than he needs to heed the perspective of science.

 

BP:                  My Lord, three from East Anglia wait in reception

I know their sort though.  Their game is deception.

 

Herod:            Nevertheless we can’t have them just rot in the hall

I am the Greenest Biblical tyrant of them all after all.

 

(enter wise ones)

 

Herod:            Well hello there, you great thinkers and my honoured guests

Tell me what’s concerning you as if I’d not already guessed

you’re going to ruin the economy and leave us all maligned.

Well go on, do tell.  I’m all ears and have an open mind.

 

Wise One 1:   Greetings King.  We bring glad tidings and a gift.

We can clean up the air and give the economy a lift.

The age of choking black fumes is a thing of the past

we can have 1 million climate jobs that will last.

 

EDF:               They’ve lost their minds or just naive.  Their reasoning is lacking.

If you want some green jobs then you want to try fracking.

 

Wise One 2:   Please King, Great and wise will you listen to me

Quickly invest in renewables and energy efficiency.

Most of the oil, gas, and coal must never be seen

If we ever want to keep warming below 2 degrees

 

Are you taking this in?  I hope I’m not too subtle

I’m telling you King you are heading for trouble.

your kingdom is built on a big carbon bubble

You need to move your cash and on the double.

 

BP:                  Don’t listen King to this tree hugging hippy.

We can just drill a little bit deeper under the sea.

Wise One 3:   Look here King Herod.  Your advisers do you no good.

Let your people go.  You know that you should.

If you don’t you will be plagued year in and year out

by floods, and storms and famine and droughts

 

insects and infections, infestations and strife

That will be your sons (also called King Herod) entire life.

 

EDF:               Actually King Herod, if we were changing the weather

some people say things would change for the better.

But we are not changing the weather if you are asking me,

don’t let these Jeremiahs ruin the growing economy.

 

Herod:            Are you absolutely sure these people are lying?

Some of their graphs look quite terrifying.

 

BP:                  Yes I know they are King but you don’t have to worry.

I suggest you look at them upside down.  It’s a whole other story.

 

Herod:            I see your point.  Nice try folks but reason has in the end won.

Unless you want to donate a few million shekels, I think we are done.

 

(exit wise ones)

 

Narrator:        So Herod and his advisers get to work, their schemes under way

making their millions at the expense of every child born today.

 

Scripture:       Matthew 2

Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

 

                        18“A voice is heard in Ramah,

weeping and great mourning,

Rachel weeping for her children

and refusing to be comforted,

because they are no more.”[d]

 

All sing  :              BAD KING HEROD ONCE LOOKED OUT

 

                              Bad King Herod once looked out

                              Of his bedroom window

                              Saw the sky was filled with fire

                              Wondered what should he do

 

                              Called BP and EDF

                              In they walked together

                              Said there was no climate change

                              Only dodgy weather

 

 

End of scene 3

Scene 4:          (Narrator, Shepherd 1, Shepherd 2, Gabriel, Choir of Angels)

 

Narrator, Scripture reader, Shepherds on stage.  Mary and Joseph run through quickly.  Gabriel is with Angels.

 

Narrator:        When Mary’s bump begins to show

She and Joseph decide it’s time to go.

They get out of town for a while, and then

they travel to Joseph’s kin in Bethlehem.

 

After a long tandem ride, Bethlehem is in sight

they ride by some shepherds watching their flocks by night.

                       

Scripture:       Matthew 2, 6.

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you will come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.

 

Mary and Jospeh run across stage in front of shepherds

 

Narrator:        Little did they know that not far behind them

were the three East Anglian wise men

Herod had offered them only frustration

So they sought out a more enlightened administration.

 

But the King had in place his own machinations

and had been reading their email communications

So EDF and BP looked for the Baby in Bethlehem

with money and gifts and an offer to Mentor him.

 

Shepherd 1:    Here Larry!  Pass a brolly.  This weathers appalling,

and my bum is wet through from the rain that is falling.

 

Shepherd 2:    I know what you mean, and what is more galling:

That Roman Centurion took my tarpaulin.

 

Shepherd1:     Here, Larry!  As we are passing time I have a joke for you.

What do you get If you cross a sheep and a kangaroo?

 

Shepherd2:     An abomination?

 

Shepherd1:     Exactly.

 

Gabriel:          (enter Gabriel with a choir of Angels singing)

What are you doing? Wake up! Aren’t you paying attention?

Didn’t you see that? Your King just rode in on a tandem.

 

Go quickly. You don’t want to miss this.

                        Hurry up or you will miss Christmas.

 

 

All sing:          (Choir of Angels sing.)  HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING!

                              Hark the herald angels sing

                              Go and see your new born king

                              Herod is a twit so dim

                              Thinks we all should follow him

 

                              Burning fossils fuels away

                              Ignoring what the wise men say

                              Stop now while we still have time

                              Burning fossil fuels is a crime

 

                              Hark the herald angels sing

                              Listen to the new born king!

 

 

                          End of scene 4

Scene 5: Finale (Narrator, Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Wise One 1, Wise One 2, Wise One 3, Shepherd 1, Shepherd 2)

 

Narrrator, Joseph and Mary on stage.  Jospeh holding bundle of baby.  Mary sitting on steps.

 

Narrator:        It’s scene 5.  In old Bethlehem town,

Mary has given birth and wants a lie down.

Holding baby Jesus Joseph stands at attention

Wondering if he will ever get another mention.

 

(enter Gabriel)

 

Gabriel:          Here Joseph, look lively and listen to me.

Get Mary and the baby and flee the scene,

 

Joseph:           Be serious Gabriel.  Have you gone crazy.

We are fleeing nowhere.  We’ve just had a baby.

 

Gabriel:          Yes I understand that but we’re in trouble.

Herod’s friends are coming.  Hot foot on the double.

They have it in mind to get their claws in the boy

and teach him their tricks, their schemes and their ploys.

 

Joseph.           That sounds just awful.  We’ll leave Bethlehem.

And keep the boy Jesus well clear of them.

 

Gabriel:          They would puff him right up and offer him the earth

as long as he bows down to them and acts like their serf.

 

Joseph:           All right, I’ll speak to Mary. And see what I can do

but it’s been a long night and I doubt she’s in the mood.

 

                        (exit Gabriel)

 

Joseph goes over to Mary and wakes her up.

 

Narrator:        Joseph wakes up Mary and explains their situation

hoping she will not interpret it as a provocation.

He is about to find out if she will give him what for

but they are distracted by a knock at the door.

 

(enter Shepherds)

 

Shepherd 1:    Hello, we have come to see the new King.

 

Joseph:           Its not a great time, considering everything.

 

Shepherd 2:    We wanted to talk to him about agricultural reform.

 

Mary:             Tell them to get out and then shut that door!

 

(enter wise ones)

 

Wise One 1:   We would greet the new King at the start of his rule

and speak with him about the end of fossil fuels.

 

Wise One 2:   Since you live in this dump we thought you might care

I think the last King was in bed with some millionaires.

 

Wise One 3:   Can he help us with our very many frustrations?

We heard his would be an enlightened administration.

 

Mary:             Oh for goodness sake.  What do you all want of me?

Can’t you tell we are busy trying to flee the country.

 

Joseph:           I’m sorry.  BP and EDF soon enter the scene. We must exit from it.

Perhaps you and they could discuss this over a climate summit.

 

(exit Joseph and Mary)

 

Wise One 1:   But we’ve brought Myrrh?

 

 

End of Scene 5

Epilogue

 

Narrator and Gabriel on stage.

 

Narrator:        So Joseph and Mary flee from Herod’s men

carrying new born King Baby Jesus with them.

So that stories over but we will have to see

What kind of a King he turns out to be

 

Will he grow up to be wise, gentle and meek

resisting the strong and uplifting the weak?

                       

Gabriel:          Or maybe he will be lazy, proud and rash

and fill up his pockets with oil stained cash.

 

Narrator:        Will he be humble, living simply, preaching peace

the last will be first, those above underneath.

 

Gabriel:          Or will he just take the dirty money?

And settle down to milk and honey.

 

Narrator:        Will he inspire a great inconvenient shower

who go about challenging principalities and powers.

Saying the root of all sort of evil stem from love of your wad

and would tell us you cannot serve both money and God.

 

Gabriel:          Or full of fear and a lack of imagination

will they sit on their hands, watching the nation

be torn apart by the oil stained predations

of a few awful companies and their machinations.

 

Narrator:        Those are all good questions.  My lip is all bitten.

Still so much drama as the futures unwritten.

If you have an opinion and you’d like it known

take one of our polar bear postcards before you go home.

 

And as we’re wending home let me please say

thanks ever so much for joining us today.

and before we sing our last song with some verve

give yourselves the round of applause you all deserve.

 

All sing:          AWAY IN A MANGER

 

                              Away in a manger in a place far away

                              A saviour was born for a world to obey

                              What has he taught us? Why do we ignore

                              His teachings on peace, loving kindness and more?

 

                              Christ loves his church dearly he wants us to care

                              Not only for people but also for air

                              But air filled with carbon is destined to kill

                              So stop dirty money and be true to God’s will

 

                              He wants us to care for his beautiful world

                              To work to enable his plan to unfurl

                              Now close your investments in all fossil fuels

                              Take care of the planet stop listening to fools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End

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