Drama

Matthew 2.1-12 drama of Herod & Magi

Use this easy-to-present dramatised version of the Epiphany 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, Herod   (Consider having all three magi […]

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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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Joseph in Egypt, drama – Genesis 45.1-15

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 4) 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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God’s Angel, drama of Exodus 20 — 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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Matthew 4:1-11 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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Called, 1 Samuel 3:1-10 for 4 voices — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

Called: reading for 4 voices, 1 Samuel 3:1-10 — arranged by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson This is one of three readings 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: […]

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

 “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 Matthew 16, 13-20 Drama WORD Matthew-16,13-20 Drama PDF 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 […]

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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

Jesus shows mercy   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 […]

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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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Drama: Prepare ye the way, Luke 3:1-6 — 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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Acts 2:1-21, Pentecost drama

The script is based on the text in the New Revised Version of the Bible, adapted by Ana Gobledale, UK Ready-to-print script: (for folding into a booklet) WORD Acts 2, 1-21 DRAMA Pentecost  PDF Acts 2, 1-21 DRAMA Pentecost  Actors/Readers: Storyteller, Peter, Disciple 1, Jew 1, Jew 2, Disciples (all congregation) PROPS:   Paper flames:    cut-out […]

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Acts 2, Pentecost Live from Jerusalem, Drama

Wirtten by Ana Gobledale, UK This ‘live’ interview of Peter and Andrew might be used as the sermon or message. Parts:  Andreas, Petros, Thaddeus, Reporter   Copies of script ready to download and print: Pentecost Drama Sermon   Word download Pentecost Drama Sermon  PDF download Leader:  Let us imagine ourselves transported through time and space to Jerusalem, […]

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Luke 24:13-35  A dramatic reading, Easter 3A

The encounter on the Emmaus Road — recognizing Jesus Adapted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Reader 1: Narrator Disciple:  Cleopas, standing in for all those who met Jesus along the road Jesus:  the resurrected Reader 1: Our Gospel reading comes from Luke’s account of the encounter on the road to Emmaus.  […]

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Easter drama, at the tomb — Ana Gobledale, UK

A dramatic litany for Easter morning At the Tomb — A litany for 5+ voices 1st voice: Woman, why are you weeping? 1st woman: We mourn these dark days of death and denial. Abandoned, betrayed, forsaken. Left alone. Jesus gone. Where have they laid him? 1st voice: Woman, why are you weeping? 2nd woman: We […]

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Matthew 21:1-11, Palm Sunday sermon (with drama) — Gobledales, UK

We have used this introduction, conclusion and closing prayer book-ending the Sunday Morning Live drama as the ‘sermon’ on Palm Sunday. Possible sermon titles:  Not what we expected!  or  Two Kings: Take your choice! Prayer: Pray with me.  God may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight.  […]

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Samuel (1) 16:1-3 drama, Jesse’s sons — Lent 4 Year A

This script is ready to download and print: 1 Samuel 16, 1-13 dramatised – full script ready-to-print Samuel:  Our Hebrew Bible reading this morning is the story of the priest, Samuel, that’s me.  I am busy searching for the King of Israel, and am not sure what to look for.  Finally, God, Yahweh, sends me […]

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Genesis 12:1-4a & John 3:1-21 drama, Abram & Nicodemus interview

“Bucket Lists” Genesis 12:1-4a, John 3:1-21 Lent 1, Year A Adapted by Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK Related hymn:  Abide with me Interviewer, Abram and Nicodemus sit in a row facing the congregation.  Three tall bar stools serve well.   Remember to speak to the congregation, not to one another.  Use your hands!  Big gestures! Minister/Interviewer:  […]

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Virgin Monologue — Jim Burklo, USA

 “‘God did it’ isn’t an explanation,” said Joseph. He got no account for the baby’s chromosomes, No description of the mechanism that Transmuted the divine shadow into royal blood. “‘The devil made me do it’ would have sounded better to me,” said Joseph, Though it never did him any good When he said it to […]

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Isaiah 58:1-12, reading for 2-4 voices — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

Isaiah 58:1-12 Arranged by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA For 2-4 Voices:  Isaiah (might be divided between 2 readers), People 1 & 2 This readings might be 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. Isaiah: Shout out, do […]

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Matthew 4:1-11 with 3 voices (Lent 1A) — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

This reading, for the first Sunday of Lent in Year A,  might be 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 (Satan, the devil), Jesus   Complete Script: […]

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