PAINT LICK - Paint Lick United Methodist Church will hold its annual Outdoor Drama at 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and to mark the occasion, the church is offering a 300-page book that details how the drama originated.
The 30-minute production, on the parsonage lawn, takes the audience from the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she is to become the mother of the Messiah.
Mary then goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. A Roman centurion on a horse rides toward the audience and announces a census and that all men must return to the city of their birth. Mary and Joseph then make their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, with Mary riding on a donkey.
The innkeeper sends them to the stable, where Jesus is born. On a nearby hillside, shepherds tending their flocks also will be visited by Gabriel, followed by a multitude of angels surrounded by a swirling cloud. They, too, will go in search of the Messiah. The Wise Men from afar also journey to Bethlehem to welcome this new King who is to be the Savior of the world.