It was raining in Southern California.
It had rained on and off for weeks, leaving the almost-finished buildings of Jerusalem shrouded in mystery and black plastic, waiting the final touches that would make the city come alive.
We met in the back room of the church, one final, hasty planning before the show began.
In other words, we really are on the home stretch now. We have the actors, the guides, and most of the props. We have prayer walks planned. And we’re doing all of the last minute scrambling one inevitably does at the end of a project, no matter how carefully something has been planned. Who has the fire pit? Who has signed up to bring food? Are we sticking to unleavened bread only, or will leaven be allowed? How many radios does security need? And so on.
The actors, who have been rehearsing at Biola, will do their first dress rehearsal Friday. We will all get to do a walk-through then and see what Jerusalem looks like when it is all unveiled and furnished.
And there is still painting to be done. A group from one of the high schools is doing some of it. The rest–want to come help build a city? Someone will be there painting from 8:30 on this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 9, 10, and 11 of 2017). Painting fences is fun! At least, it is fun when there’s plenty of company and some sunshine. Stop by!
And whatever you do–COME to Good Friday 5:15 when the walk-through is ready. Just to remind you:
All Saints Church
346 Termino Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814, USA (
Fridays and Saturdays
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
March 24-25, March 31-April 1, and April 7-8
Good Friday Service: April 14 10-11 AM