Luke 9:51-62 drama — Rex Hunt, Australia

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


Let us now listen to a story from our religious tradition.
Luke tells it like this: Jesus and some others set out on the road for Jerusalem. Some went on ahead into a Samaritan village to make preparations, but the people would not receive Jesus because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said,

James & John:  Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?

Narrator: But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Jesus:  [Look at James/John and shake head and finger.]

Narrator: And they went off to another village. As they travelled along they met someone on the road who said to Jesus,

Follower 1: I will follow you wherever you go.

Narrator:  Jesus answered,

Jesus: Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but I have nowhere to lay my head.

Narrator:     To another Jesus said,

Jesus:          Follow me!

Narrator:     This one replied,

Follower 2:   Let me go and bury my parents first.

Narrator:  But Jesus answered,

Jesus: Leave the dead to bury the dead. Your duty is to go and spread the news of the realm of God.

Narrator:  Another said,

Follower 3:  I will follow you. But first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home.

Narrator:   Jesus said:

Jesus: Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the realm of God.

Narrator:  This is the end of Luke’s story. May God bless our hearing with understanding.

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