All the songs and stories are found in our handy educator's guide, available at www.elfenworksproductions.com/store. Here are two samples: Creation and Christmas. Stay tuned for translated stories in English, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian ... and check out the Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian versions on our multilingual app and story/music album also available in English, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian
STORY 1 - CREATION
Pastor Fish: Hey there, I'm Pastor Fish. (hi, Pastor fish!) Ready for a story? (Yes!) Want to know how things got started? (yes) Okay, well, it started when the beginning was beginning, when everything was formless and empty, and our beautiful sea was covered in darkness, and the Spirit of God was hovering over our waters. (Really? cool) And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Wow… God's words have power!) Yes they do. God saw that the light was good, and separated light from darkness, calling the light 'day' and the dark 'night.' That's what we call the first 'day,' (No way! That couldn't be just a day!) Remember, God's time isn't our time, little fishes. The second day was separating sea from sky! (Cool! What did God say about the third day, then?) That was the day where God said "Let the water gather in one place," so dry ground could appear. (Yuck, why bother with dry ground?) Not everyone is a fish, you know… and God started all the trees and plants growing, too. The fourth day God created sun, moon and stars. (Wow, way cool!) And the fifth day was when we fish arrived, and those pesky birds arrived too. God blessed us, and said to be fruitful, and to multiply. (How cool is that!) There's only one more day, and that's when God said for the land to produce wild animals and livestock… And at the end of that sixth day, God said 'let's make mankind in our image and likeness, male and female.' (Hey wait, so God doesn't look like a fish?) Well, you know… God is bigger than anyone can fathom. God is not a human sitting on a cloud, and not a fish swimming in the sea.(Okay) The book says they have dominion, but it also says they're supposed to take good care of the earth and the sea. Okay, school's out for now. See you next time!
STORY 2 - CHRISTMAS
I'm Pastor Fish. Ready for a story? I want to tell you the story of Jesus' birth. About two thousand years ago, in a town called Nazareth, there was a couple named Mary and Joseph, expecting a very special baby. (I know, I know! Jesus, right?) Right! Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem. Mary had to ride on a donkey for a few days, along the road and over the hills before they arrived in Bethlehem, and poor Joseph walked the whole way. When they got there, they couldn't find anywhere to stay. (Why not?) There was a census, lots of people were traveling to their ancestral homes to be counted. (So?) So, more people were in town than usual, and there just wasn't room! (Oh, no!) Eventually, they were given some room, where animals were kept. In the stable Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. Mary wrapped Jesus to keep Him snug and warm and laid Him in a manger full of hay. That's a little like seaweed, only dry. At the same time, not very far away, some shepherds were looking after their sheep. An angel appeared to them and God's glory shone all around. The angle told them about Good News. (What did the angel say?) The angel said, "Don't be afraid! I bring you good joyful news! A savior, Messiah is born. You will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger." And so they hurried to the stable, praising God. They told their story, and everyone was amazed. Now, there's more… do you want to hear about the magi? (Yes!) Far, far away, three wise men – magi – had noticed the signs in the heavens, pointing to the birth of a new king in Judea. They decided to follow the star to find this new King. It was a long journey to Judea! They went to the capital, Jerusalem, and spoke to King Herod, asking about the new king. Herod's chief priests told them that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, so they continued on their way. They followed the star to the stable, and found the baby Jesus, the new king, lying in the manger. The wise men honored him, and gave him three presents: gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Birthday presents! Hooray!) Then, they went home by another way, because they had been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod. (Yay!) That is the story of the very first Christmas—the day we celebrate Jesus' birth. Okay, school's out for now. See you next time.
ABOUT THE PASTOR FISH PROJECT
Pastor Fish - A fun and whimsical presentation of Gospel songs and stories for the young at heart, in a children's radio show format complete with fun "commercials" and jingles, weather and even traffic. CDs in four languages - English, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian - with a free downloadable app that allows you to bring the fun wherever you roam.