'The gospel of John' live performance set for Sunday in Norwalk

Aaron Krause • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

The message of Christ will come alive in Norwalk Sunday through a production described as "Unforgettable theater" and "Transforming."

Actor Brad Sherrill will portray the apostle John in the production "The gospel of John", a one-man show with a bare-bones set, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd.

The performance is free, but reservations are required.

On the Web sitewww.gospelofjohn.com, Sherill says he has memorized the fourth Gospel's nearly 20,000 words. Since then, people have asked him why that particular Gospel.

"I can only respond as other believers have by stating that John's Gospel is nourishment for the mind, heart and soul," Sherill said. "Christ communicates with a directness, passion and authority which speaks not only to the body of believers but to each of us as individuals.

"My mission first and foremost in presenting John is to deepen my personal relationship with Christ. Secondly, by drawing on my own faith in the Word and by utilizing the gifts God has given me in my work as a professional act."

"The gospel of John" dates back to July 30, 2000, when the production went on-stage at the Chamblee United Methodist Church in Chamblee, Ga.

Since then, it has made stops at theaters and churches across the U.S. and Canada including a six-week Off-Broadway run at New York's historic Lamb's Theatre.

The Rev. Adrian Doll, First Presbyterian's pastor, said he has never seen the production, but grew excited by what he read on the Internet.

"For me, what's exciting is to see a one-man show bring the story of Jesus to life based solely on the life of John's gospel," Doll said. "I've just heard many wonderful accolades about this performance."

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