Drama

Mark 6.1-13 Drama — Ana Gobledale, UK

Zoom (online) version Parts:  Narrator (Storyteller), Jew, Jesus, Disciple Ready-to-print:  Mark 6, 1-13 – a drama Script Narrator: In Mark’s gospel, chapter six, we hear a familiar story about Jesus starting out on his ministry. Hear and see Mark’s words come to life. Mark writes: Jesus left that place and came to his home town, […]

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Genesis 3.8-15 Drama, in the garden — Ana Gobledale

Adapted for Zoom or InPerson Readers: God, Adam, Eve, Storyteller Each reader hold a sign with their character’s ‘name’ on it in large letters. One could have fun with one additional screen with a snake in it; or a soft toy In-Person. Storyteller:  Today’s reading arises from Genesis chapter 3.  We find ourselves with Adam, […]

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Acts 1:15ff, Choosing Matthias, a drama — Ana Gobledale, UK

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 – inspired by the NRSV Seventh Sunday after Easter, Year B Readers: Storyteller, Peter, Group spokesperson Props:  a set of dice or two lengths of broom straw Storyteller: Peter had gathered with believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons). He stood up and spoke: Peter: Friends, the scripture had […]

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Acts 10:44-48, Drama — Ana Gobledale, UK

A drama to be used in worship, inspired by the NRSV text 3 Readers: Storyteller, Peter, Newly baptised person   Storyteller: While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been […]

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Acts 19.1-17, The disciples were baptised, drama — Ana Gobledale, UK

Scripture     Acts 19:1-7  adapted from the New Revised Standard Version Readers:  Storyteller, Paul and 1 or 2 Disciples Storyteller:  While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. Paul had this conversation with the disciples: Paul:  Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you […]

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Down to the river, Advent Drama — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Mark 1:1-8 Let us look back in time about 2000 years and join a mother working in her kitchen, preparing for the Chanukah holidays.  She worries about her nineteen year old daughter who disappeared leaving chores undone.  Let’s listen in. Mum:         That girl! She knows there is work to be done: floors to sweep, water […]

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Jonah & the plant, drama for on-line — Ana Gobledale, UK

Jonah 3:10–4:11 dramatised for on-line, on-screen, use 16th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) Preparation: Keep it simple; line drawings will work fine. house plant or photo or drawing of a plant Worm – cut out, photo, soft toy or just a tube of some sort Sun – photo or drawing of a sun Readers This […]

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First Kings 19.9-18 dramatic reading

Tenth Sunday of Pentecost, Year A 1 Kings 19.9-18 This has been prepared for two readers, e.g. on a single Zoom screen, but might be easily altered for three readers, separating the voices of the Storytell or Narrator and that of Elijah. Voice 1:   This is a reading from the first book of Kings, when […]

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Matthew 14:13-21, loaves & fishes dramatised — Ana Gobledale, UK

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 13, Year A Readers: Narrator, Jesus, Disciple 1, Disciple 2 Supplies: 5 bread rolls, two paper ‘fish’, lots of baskets, any costume items. Signboards for characters can prove helpful. Ready-to-download and print: Matthew 14.13-21 – feeding the crowd – drama PDF Matthew 14.13-21 – feeding the crowd – drama WORD […]

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Good Samaritan & Seafarer Drama — Ana Gobledale

Luke 10:25-37  (8th Sunday of Pentecost, Year C) The story of the Good Samaritan adapted for Sea Sunday (usually held in July) For 3 Actors/Readers: Narrator, Lawyer and Jesus The lawyer, the beaten person, the Samaritan Seafarer and the passers-by might be any gender and may be referred to as ‘he’ ‘she’ or ‘they’. The […]

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Matthew 2.1-12 drama of Herod & Magi

Use this easy-to-present dramatised version of the Epiphany (Twelfth Night) story to bring the characters to life.  The text is adapted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Ready-to-print: Epiphany drama Matthew 2.1-12 WORD Epiphany drama Matthew 2.1-12 PDF The Epiphany Story   Matthew 2:1-12 Three Readers:  Storyteller, 1-3 Magi / Wise ones, Herod  […]

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Luke 23:33-43 drama, the crucifixion — Ana Gobledale, UK

Luke 23:33-43 – Jesus and the two criminals Told from the perspective of three Roman soldiers present at the crucifixion of Jesus. Appropriate for Good Friday or the 24th Sunday of Pentecost, Year C. Ready-to-print scripts: Luke 23, 33-43 drama PDF Luke 23, 33-43 drama  Storyteller: Today’s Gospel reading, from Luke’s account, reminds us how […]

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Luke 9:51-62 dramatised

Luke 9:51-62 – a drama to use in worship For Third Sunday after Pentecost Year C Translation by Rex Hunt, Australia (Read more about Rex Hunt at end of post.) Actors: Jesus, Narrator, James/John, Followers 1,2,3 Script ready-to-use — download here: Luke 9,51-62 drama 6 readers PDF Luke 9,51-62 drama 6 readers WORD Script Narrator: […]

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Thomas’s Doubt, a Biblical Drama for the Sunday after Easter — Gobledales, UK

Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Easter), Year C John 20:19-31 Acts 5: 27-32 *Bible quotations are from ‘The Inclusive Bible,’ Rowman & Littlefield publishers 2007 www.rowmanlittlefield.com Certainties & Doubts: a Biblical drama The worship leader interviews ‘Doubting Thomas’ discussing doubt, faith and our world today.  The script includes an introduction and conclusion and an […]

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Mary’s lament, monologue — Ana Gobledale, UK

Mary’s Lament – a reflection originally written for a Good Friday service. This dramatic monologue revealing Mary’s anguish and distress has been read effectively at a Blue Christmas service, also. 2 Readers:  Mary, mother of Jesus, and a Storyteller (narrator)   Ready-to-print downloads: PDF Mary’s Lament dramatic reading WORD Mary’s Lament dramatic reading Life often overwhelms […]

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I, Mary Magdalene, an Easter drama — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

What words do we use to describe the mystery of Easter? Bodily resurrection?  Spiritual continuum? Risen?  Risen indeed? What words might Jesus’s friends have used to explain their experiences that day? This drama presents words Mary Magdalene might have shared. Ready-to-print downloads of full script: Easter drama – I, Mary Magdalene PDF Easter drama – I, […]

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Genesis 45.1-15, Joseph in Egypt, drama

Genesis 45:1-15  (adapted from NRSV) Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers   Full script, ready-to-print: Genesis 45,1-15 Joseph in Egypt – 2 readers PDF Genesis 45,1-15 Joseph in Egypt – 2 readers WORD Narrator:  Today’s Hebrew Bible reading is taken from the book of Genesis presenting the last chapter in the saga of Joseph and his […]

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Teenage Mary calls home, an Advent monologue — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Title: I have good news…and bad news… Readings:  Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-55 This dramatic monologue, a phone conversation between pregnant teenage Mary and her Mum, was originally written as the sermon accompanying the lighting of the Advent Candle of Love.  It can be used effectively anytime during Advent. Notes: Mary pauses throughout the conversation when […]

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Acts 8 Drama, Philip & Ethiopian — Ana Gobledale, UK

The Holy Spirit propels Philip to the Ethiopian – a dramatisation Acts 8:26-40  (Year B, Easter 5) This might be incorporated into a celebration of baptism or the renewal of baptismal vows. Actors/readers:  Philip, Ethiopian, Storyteller (Narrator), Angel, Spirit Complete scripts — ready to download and print (2-sided): Drama, Acts 8, Philip & Ethiopian PDF Drama, […]

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Mark 9:30-37, dramatised — Pentecost 18, Year B — Tod Gobledale, UK

Reading/Acting parts: Storyteller, Jesus, Peter, Thomas, Judas There is no need to require memorisation; allow readers to hold and read scripts. Full script ready to print and use: PDF Mark 9, 30-37 – drama WORD Mark 9, 30-37 – drama Script Storyteller:      Jesus and his disciples travel through their home country of Galilee.  Jesus teaches a […]

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Exodus 20, God’s Angel drama — Ana Gobledale

22nd Sunday of Pentecost, Year A Exodus 20:20-22a & 23:20   What do we think about ‘angels’?  What words express the phenomenon called ‘angel’ in the Bible? This dramatisation in which God promises to send an ‘angel’ can be used to open up reflection and discussion on the subject. Drama, Exodus 20 PDF Drama, Exodus […]

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Amos 7:7-15 drama, Plumb-line — Ana Gobledale, UK

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10) Roles: God, Amos, Amaziah (priest), Jeroboam (king) Each role may be filled by any age or gender. Ready-to-print downloads of the script: PDF Amos 7, 7-15 – drama – Amos, God, King, Priest WORD Amos 7, 7-15 – drama – Amos, God, King, Priest Script Amos:  I am the […]

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Mark 4:35-41 dramatised — Jesus stills the storm

Jesus stills a storm Mark 4:35-41, using text from the New Revised Standard Version – Pentecost 5, Year B Readers: Worship Leader, Storyteller, Jesus, the Disciples (congregation) Download a ready-to-print copy of the drama:  Mark 4, 35-41 – Jesus stills a storm Leader: Mark tells many stories about Jesus. This story puts Jesus and the disciples […]

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Samuel (1) 3:1-10 drama, Call Waiting — Tod Gobledale

1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:35-41 adapted by Tod Gobledale, UK “Call waiting” Characters: Narrator/storyteller, Eli, Samuel, God Narrator:       Let us go to the temple at Shiloh, in Israel, where the boy Samuel lives with the High Priest, Eli. Eli:      [Walks up the center aisle slowly, tapping his cane before him to find his way.  […]

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Temptation Lent Drama — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

This is one of three readings used to explore the Lent theme: “Hineni: Here I Am” –  looking at the idea of spiritually showing up and saying ‘Yes’ to God’s call and invitation. Matthew 4:1-11   (slightly altered text) 3 Voices: Narrator, Tempter, Jesus Narrator: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness […]

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Samuel (1) 3:1-10, Called — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Called: reading for 4 voices, 1 Samuel 3:1-10 — arranged by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson This reading can be used to explore the theme: “Hineni: Here I Am” –  looking at the idea of spiritually showing up and saying ‘Yes’ to God’s call and invitation. 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Four Voices: Narrator, Eli, God, Samuel Narrator: Now the […]

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Jonah 3:1-5,10 Drama — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Dramatic presentation of Jonah 3:1-5,10 God changes… and invites us to change, too.     Printable ready-to-use copies of drama to download: WORD Dramatic interview of Mrs & Mr Jonah PDF Dramatic interview of Mrs & Mr Jonah Script Pray with me.  God may the words of our mouths and the thoughts of all of […]

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Luke 2:22-40, Anna & Simeon drama

Luke 2:22-40   First week after Christmas, Year B A drama for 2-voices — inspired by the New Revised Standard Version Readers:  Storyteller & Simeon Click here to download a ready-to-print copy of the complete script: PDF Luke 2, 22-40 drama for 2 readers.doc WORD Luke 2, 22-40 drama for 2 readers Script (also found in […]

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Genesis 1:26-31a, In Our Hands, an Earth Day drama

 “In Our Hands”  Genesis 1:26-31a This drama has been used at services focusing on the environment and caring for our world, including Earth Sunday, Blessing of the Animals Sunday, St Francis service. The source is unknown, and it has been modified over the years.  If you know who wrote the original, please let Worship Words […]

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Matthew 16:13-20 drama, Who do you think I am?

Matthew 16:13-20 (adapted from NRSV) 12th Sunday of Pentecost Adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK Readers: Storyteller, Jesus, Simon Peter, Disciple 2 (optional) Storyteller: Today’s reading comes from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 16, beginning with verse 13. Jesus, Peter and the other disciples enter the district of Caesarea Philippi. Listen carefully to what Jesus asks the disciples […]

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Deuteronomy 26:1–11, a Harvest drama

This drama might be used for Thanksgiving (USA or Canada) or Harvest (UK). It is easily adapted for First Sunday in Lent, Year C, when the Deuteronomy passage appears in the Revised Standard Lectionary. Parts:  Priest, Narrators 1&2,  Israelites 1,2,3,4.  Parts may be combined if fewer actors are available. The full script may be downloaded […]

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Genesis 45:1-15 dramatic reading, Pentecost 11A — Joseph

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. The text used comes primarily from the New Revised Version of the Bible.   Storyteller (leader/narrator): Today’s Hebrew Bible reading is taken from the book of Genesis. We are reading from chapter 45, beginning with the first verse. Before we hear today’s reading, here is a recap … Today’s […]

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Matthew 15:21-18, Canaanite woman Drama, Pentecost 11A

Storyteller (narrator): Today’s New Testament reading is a story of Jesus being moved from judgment to mercy. We are reading from Matthew chapter 15, beginning with verse 21. Mathew writes: Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  Just then a Canaanite woman from that region, came out and […]

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Luke 16:19-31, two dramas — Tod Gobledale, UK

1 Timothy 6-12, 17-19 Luke 16:19-31 – the story of Lazarus and the rich man 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C This might be used as a way to enliven the scripture or as a sermon starter Script: We have two stories this morning.  The first is from classical literature.  See if you recognize it. […]

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Genesis 1:1-2:4, a choral reading, Heaven and Earth

Based on  Genesis 1:1-2:4, The Message by Eugene Peterson -Arranged by Scott Ward, USA Lectionary: Trinity Sunday Year A, Epiphany Year B (Genesis 1:1-5), Easter Vigil Years A,B,C       Downloads:  full scripts, ready-to-print: (horizontal versions are easy for readers to hold) Heaven and Earth Choral Reading, Scott Ward WORD Heaven and Earth Choral Reading, Scott […]

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Genesis 32:22-32 drama, wrestling with God – Pentecost 9A

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Sermon Drama Genesis 32: 22-32 Wrestle with God, receive the blessing. Adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK   Downloads of full text, ready-to-print and use: DRAMA Genesis 32, 22-32, Jacob wrestles PDF DRAMA Genesis 32, 22-32, Jacob wrestles WORD The scripture passage recounts Jacob’s saga, his trials and tribulations. Let […]

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Luke 3:1-6, Drama: Prepare ye the way — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

2nd Sunday of Advent,  Year C Luke 3:1-6 A Whimsical Encounter  — This can serve as the message/sermon. This drama involves two people.  One person starts out as if doing the regular reading of the passage. This might be the worship leader or the Minister, the person designated to “preach.”   The second person arrives […]

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