Summary: This is the second week of our "Toy Story" sermon series - To Infinity and Beyond. CVLI for the clips and dramas to reinforce.

“Beyond Doubt”

The Faith to Try New and Scary Things

Matthew 14:25-33

25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It’s a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid." 28 "Lord, if it’s you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." 29 "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Woody: (Rev. Homan dressed as Woody)

Howdy pardners! My name’s Woody. I’m the sheriff in these here parts, and I welcome you to Andy’s Room! Over yonder are the building blocks. (Points left.) And, over that-a-way are the plastic soldiers. (Points right.) If you need help finding anything here just ask me… I’m glad to help ANY toy here in Andy’s room!!!

Did you know that I am Andy’s favorite toy? Yep, life is good is for me! Love! Adoration! A prime spot on Andy’s bed at nighttime. It has been that way practically forever… and it will never… ever… change. Nothing could ever replace me! Nothing could ever be better… than what we have right now!

However, things always get a little tense when Andy’s birthday rolls around. I don’t know if you remember, but last week Andy got a brand new toy that he was really REALLY excited about. This week we find out what that toy is. Wait, wait, wait… I think that is the new toy coming now!

[Enter Buzz Light Year]

Buzz: (Pastor Ferguson dressed as Buzz)

Hello Sherriff! I’m Buzz Lightyear… space ranger… defender of the galaxy!

[Buzz poses confidently]

Woody: Ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaaa! (Talking to congregation) He thinks…. (gasp) he thinks… (gasp) he’s a SPACE RANGER! Ha, ha, ha, haaaaa! You know… for a while I was worried that Andy would have some fancy new toy! But I’m glad to see he got a looney instead!

[Turns to Buzz addressing him]

Woody: Alright looney…

Buzz: That’s Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger… Sherriff. (Sherriff said with a hint of derision)

Woody: Whatever… look… let’s get a few things straight here. I’m Andy’s favorite toy, and nothing… NOTHING is ever gonna change about that OK!

Buzz: Well, I don’t know what you mean about that “toy” stuff, but you sound a bit scared to me.

Woody: ME? SCARED! Pfft… NOOOOOOooooooooo.

Buzz: But you want things to stay the same, nothing new,… forever… and ever… and ever… and ever.

Woody: YES!

Buzz: And you’re calling me looney. Look Sherriff, I know I’m new here but once in a while you have to have a little faith and take a little risk. Look at what is going on outside your room window. Why… it’s just like the first time that I flew…

Woody: You can’t fly!

Buzz: Oh yes I can.

Woody: You are a Toy. T. O. Y. Toy!

Buzz: I think the words you are looking for are “Space Ranger.”

Woody: The words I’m looking for I can’t say because we’re in church.

Buzz: You sound like such a doubter to me, I think we should look at the screen and see how this little encounter turns out.

[Play “Toy Story Clip (Can Fly)”]

Woody: Well… that was really quite impressive!

Buzz: So did you get my point!

Woody: What point? Gravity works?

Buzz: I still don’t think you get it. Lets take another look at what happened slide by slide as we reported in last night on TSPN, the Toy Story Programming Network.

[Sit at TSPN table (black table with TSPN sign]. [Play on ESPN] (Toy Story Programming Network) Put headsets on. Start TSPN Powerpoint. Slides with "stills" of the video to do a play by play commentary]

Woody: Welcome to TSPN… the Worldwide Leader in Toy News. Well… today’s matchup was a classic. It was the rookie versus the seasoned veteran… and at the outset of the game it didn’t look like the rookie would be up to the challenge. But the innovation and sheer tenacity of this rookie would ensure that the veteran would have his hands full today in the timeless clash of the titans showdown.


Woody: At the start of the game, it is quite obvious that you are a toy…

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