"Where Theology and Theatre Collide!"
What is GOD ON BROADWAY?
"God on Broadway" is a series of worship services during the month of October using the themes of Broadway musicals patterned around a sermon which is based upon that particular musical. The service contains songs and music from the musical. This is a worship series celebrating God's Word and Love ... inspired by the Broadway musicals. The vibrant and growing choir of Asbury Memorial plans far in advance for the songs that will be performed, directed by Ray Ellis. The crux of the worship service is brought out by the Reverend Billy Hester in his stimulating and sometimes rather amusing sermons centered on the basic theme of the musical.
This is a different approach in presenting the Gospel as Reverend Hester intertwines the music to the words of Jesus Christ, whether it is about temptation from the devil as in "Damn Yankees" to forgiveness in "Les Miserables" to getting along with one's neighbors as in "Oklahoma".
Billy Hester and his wife, Cheri, are both veteran actors from Broadway and off Broadway shows and bring their skills and talents to a welcoming congregation. The first series started in October of 2005 with the second series in October of 2006. For October of 2007, the themes were based upon: "Pippin", "Rent", "The Fantasticks" and "Wicked". Segments from the past series, including all of the sermons, can be viewed from this web site. Just click on the musical's name of the on the yellow program to hear a selection form a past program.
God on Broadway brings a whole new approach to spirituality, the quest for God and the love of Christ. It also is an enticement to bring a friend to church.
There was no "God on Broadway" in 2009 as the sanctuary was undergoing a massive renovation project with the worship services held in the much smaller social hall.
*Note all music used by the Asbury Memorial Choir has been purchased and there is never any illegal duplication or copyright infringement. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Choir is a volunteer choir and does not perform for a paid audience, nor does it charge admission for the God on Broadway Series. There are no known copyright restrictions being violated as a result of these productions.