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Welcome! Scripts are arranged by season in the church year and most of them link to a particular lectionary text. Within the seasonal categories, you will find that item numbers contain A, B , C or W. The A, B or C indicates in which lectionary year the text is found. Generally, you will find scripts from the same lectionary year clustered together within the season. A “W” in the item number indicates that the script was written by Jennifer Weil and usually it will be found among scripts from the same lectionary year. Remember that some passages appear more than once in the lectionary. If that is the case for the passage you are using, you may want to check in other categories.

If you do not use the lectionary and are looking for a script that links to a particular passage, you can take a look at a “reverse lectionary” by going to the UNITED METHODIST BOOK OF WORSHIP SCRIPTURE READINGS. This guide lists all the lectionary passages in order of the biblical books and tells you where it is found in the lectionary.

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CATEGORIES

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany * After Epiphany * Lent * Holy Week * Easter Sunday

After Easter through Pentecost * After Pentecost * Mother's Day * Stewardship *

Thanksgiving * Odds and Ends


Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

WD-A-1 A Wake-up Call Romans 13:11-14
Sam/Samantha needs a lot of alarms clocks to wake up. Waking up has been easier, though since s/he discovered that Jesus is coming every day! A good Call to Worship, or a segue from scripture to sermon. By Pamela Abbey. 3 minutes. 1 adult male or female. Themes: Advent, Incarnation.
WD-A-2  What’s in a Name?  Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31
Naming a baby is often difficult. Mary and Joseph, of course, had some heavenly assistance with that choice. But now that the baby is born, some of their earthly friends have strong opinions, too. They think Jesus is just too common a name for such an important baby. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. 2 women, 3 men. Set: None essential, although a manger would be nice. Themes: Inclusiveness, Incarnation, Christmas.
WD-A-3   The Most Beautiful Christmas Stocking  Isaiah 52:7
Mom, Matt, and Sara have made very creative Christmas stockings to give through the "adopt a family" program at their church. Then Dad arrives with one of his old winter socks and is forced into some creative theologizing about the true meaning of Christmas. A lighthearted look at the "how beautiful are the feet" passage from Isaiah. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 teen girl, 1 boy, 1 woman, 1 man. Themes: Christmas , Peace.
WD-B-5      Signs of His Coming    Mark 13:24-37
Kathy is helping her klutzy friend, Tina, wrap gifts for the church "Adopt-a-Family" Christmas ministry. In the process, they find that Tina is energized by Christmas because she can always see signs of God's presence. Kathy gets depressed because she sees nothing but problems. By Pamela Abbey.
5 minutes. 2 women. Props: Gifts and wrapping supplies. Themes: Signs of Christ, Advent.
WD-B-6     Prepare the Way    A choral reading based on Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8.
This choral reading weaves together the OT and Gospel readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, as it helps us think about the relationship between repentance and the coming of Christ to our world. This would make a good Call to Worship or closing charge to the congregation. By Pamela Abbey. 2 1/2 minutes. 4 voices. Themes: Advent, Preparation, Repentance.
WD-B-7    Pregnant with Possibility    Luke 2:26-38
Mary Roberts is pretty shocked when her Christmas baking is interrupted by a visit from the angel Gabriel. He brings tidings that she bears within her the possibility of bringing more of God's love into the world. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. 1 woman, 1 man, 1 child (who may be offstage) Themes: Discipleship, Possibility, Annunciation.
WD-W-10 Birth Notes: Mary and Elizabeth Luke 1:26-45.
In which Mary enjoys a visit with her cousin Elizabeth. They share their jubilant news, exchange angel experiences, and discuss the importance of their sons, who are destined for a certain greatness. By Jennifer Weil. 3 1/2 minutes. 2 women, 1 man. Set: None. Themes: Awe, Respect, Anticipation
WD-C-1   Spinning John   Luke 3:7-18
John the Baptist’s speech writer and press secretary struggle to know what to do with their unusual client. A lighthearted examination of John’s message. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 male, 1 female. Themes: Repentance.
WD-C-15 Sing a New Song A choral reading based on Psalm 98, John 1:1-14, Hebrews 1:1-4 and “Joy to the World”.
Ideal for use on Christmas Day or shortly after. This choral reading can be used as a Call to Worship or as a Charge to the congregation at the close of the service. And, of course, it should be followed by singing “Joy to the World”! By Pamela Abbey. 1 ½ minutes. 4 voices. Themes: Joy, Incarnation.
WD-D-2  The Legend of the Poinsettia
A delightful intergenerational readers theatre script based on the well-known Mexican folk tale.   A poor  young girl’s gift of weeds for the Christ Child on Christmas Eve is transformed into beautiful red flowers.  By Pamela Abbey. 8 minutes.  4 children or ‘tweens; 3 adults or older youth.  Themes: Love, Christmas, Miracle.
WD-W-38 The Temporary Dog Matt. 1:18 - Matt. 2
In which a miraculous birth changes a family's life and restores faith withered by bitterness. By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes. 1 child, 1 man, 1 woman.
Themes: Miracle, Mystery, Wonder, Hope.
WD-W-37 By All Means, Deck the Halls!
In which a former hippie belies her rebellion with the truth of her heart and rediscovers the joy of Christmas. By Jennifer Weil. 3 ½ minutes. 1 girl, 1 boy, 2 women, 1 man, 1 man or woman. Props: Christmas tree, wrapped gifts. Themes: Wonder, Journey
WD-W-38  Christmas Red, White… and Blue?  Psalm 34:17-18, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 12:2    

In which a child shows her mother the way out of grief, and the mother becomes the child long enough to listen.   4 minutes.  1 woman, 1 girl, approx. 10 years old.  Themes: Disappointment, loss, depression, angst, God’s will.

WD-C-2  Whose Child Is This, Anyway? Luke 2:41-52
The parents of a teenager aren’t quite prepared when she has a spurt of spiritual growth. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. 2 adult females, 1 adult male, 1 teenage girl. Themes: Spiritual Growth, Family
WD-C-3  Rise!....And Shine?  Isaiah 60:1-6
Ted has a conversation with his bathroom mirror as he shaves. He has risen, at the insistence of his “morning person” wife, but he’s having difficulty shining. By Pamela Abbey. 4 minutes. 1 male, 1 offstage female.
WD-W-11  The Three Wise Men: On the Road Again   Matthew 2
In which the Wise Men follow a star and Herod gets nervous. They arrive at the foot of the manger and give their valuable gifts. Not trusting Herod, they decide not to return, and discuss with Mary and Joseph the need to flee to Egypt. By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes. 4 men, 1 woman. Set and costumes: minimal. Themes: Hope, Trust, Peace, Trust, Peace, Discovery.

 

After Epiphany

WD-B-8  Called to See Our God    Mark 9:2-9, Ps. 50, 2 Cor. 4:3-6
A choral reading based on the lections for Transfiguration Sunday and designed to be used as a Call to Worship.   By Pamela Abbey. 2  minutes.  4 voices
WD-W-29 The Backyard & the Swimming Hole 1 Corinthians 12:20-25; Nehemiah 2:17-18; Mark 2:1-12
In which a group of friends learns a little about gardening, a little about parents, a lot about how stubborn people can be, and even more about teamwork. By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes. 6 children aged 10-14. Themes: Teamwork, Cooperation, Love.
WD-C-16 Called to Stay Luke 5:1-11
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Can we sometimes follow by staying where we are? A young fisherman’s desire to go with Jesus conflicts with his family’s need to have him stay. A good intro to a message about the difficult choices and ambiguities of faith. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 man, 1 young adult male. Props: Fishing nets, bag of coins. Themes: Call, Practicality, Hope

 

Lent

WD-B-9    Blow the Trumpet    Based on Joel 2:1-2,12-17; Ps. 51;
2 Cor. 5:20b-6:10
A choral reading Call to Worship for Ash Wednesday.
By Pamela Abbey. 1 1/2 minutes.  4 voices.  Themes: Repentance,
Restoration, Reconciliation.
WD-W-13  Hold Your Head Up to the Lord  Psalm 32
A charming script in which the blessing of God's forgiveness is demonstrated by one friend to another, as one of them spends too much time hiding in an easy chair. By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes. Cast: 1 older person, 1 younger person. Themes: Forgiveness, Grace Integrity, Courage.
WD-A-4    No Refills Needed    John 4:5-42
Two young career women meet in the bottled water aisle of the grocery store. One of them has been given an amazing, energizing drink - and the bottle is never empty! By Pamela Abbey. 4 minutes. Cast: 2 women. Themes: Evangelism, New Life
WD-W-14    Breath of the Spirit   Ezekiel 36:34-35, 37:1-14
An ex-felon performs what seems to be a miracle and discovers the true meanings of freedom, faith and rebirth. By Jennifer Weil. 3 minutes. Cast: 1 person. Themes: Spirit, Resurrection, Miracle, Spirit
WD-W-27    The Promise     Genesis 9:8-17
In which two men find themselves on a rooftop in the middle of a flood with not much hope of survival.  They reflect upon their lives and on God's promises. Then they see a rainbow and their situation becomes clear to them.   By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes.  2 men.  Themes:  Covenant, Gratitude, Sign
WD-W-15    Honey-Do's.    I Peter 3:18-22
In which a couple comes to terms with one another about what God means about salvation and obedience - and probably end up saving time, energy and money.  By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes.  1 man, 1 woman.  Props: Cell phone and various tools. Themes: Salvation, Obedience, Covenant.
WD-W-18   Legacy    Genesis 17:1-7,15-16  &  Romans 4:13-25
A very old woman explains God's blessing in a particular miracle and the significance it has in the life she shares with her husband.  They know with certainty that all things are possible with God.  By Jennifer Weil. 3 minutes. 1 woman.  Themes: Miracle, Faith, Blessing, Obedience
WD-B-1 Clean Up Time. John 2:13-22
Two women speculate on the reasons their sanctuary has been vandalized as they clean up the mess. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 2 adult females.
WD-W-16    Oh, Those Tired Laws!   Exodus 20:1-17
In which two friends discuss the relevance of the 10 Commandments and get a bit of enlightenment from one of their sons.  By Jennifer Weil. 3 1/2  minutes. 2 women, 1 man. Themes: Honor, Obedience, Truth.
WD-W-19    Credo: Spoken Song for Three Voices   Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21; Ps. 107:1-3, 17-22
Three voices convey the relationship between the laws of Moses, God's forgiveness, and the salvation offered by Jesus.  By Jennifer Weil. 2 1/2 minutes.  3 voices.  Themes:  Salvation, Grace, Obedience.
WD-W-17    I Am So Confused!  I Corinthians 1:18-22
In which a woman manages to reconcile for herself one of the most puzzling scriptures and discovers she is not as foolish as she thought.  A monologue for one woman.  By Jennifer Weil. 3 minutes. 1 woman.  Themes: Belief, Reverence, Respect, Arrogance.
WD-W-12     Nicodemus and Jesus   John 3:1-17
Faith A retelling of how Nicodemus receives an education from the Teacher, Jesus. After some resistance, Nicodemus is reborn in the spirit and has a better understanding of the divine. By Jennifer Weil. 2 minutes. Cast: 2 persons. Themes: Rebirth, Spirit
WD-B-10    Let It Go    John 12:20-26
As Millie prepares to leave her home and move in with her daughter's family, an old friend tries to convince her to hang on to the life she's always known.   By Pamela Abbey. 4  minutes.  2 older women.  Props: old dishes, packing boxes.  Themes: Transformation, New Life.
WD-W-23    Busiest Man Alive   John 12:20-33
In which Phillip, Andrew and a Greek have a friendly disagreement about what is important, who is important, and the importance of timing.  Jesus joins them to explain a few pertinent details and to tidy up their arguments. By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes.   4 men.  Themes:  Omnipresence, Loyalty, Eternal Life.
WD-W-24    Three Prayers: Brief Readings for Three Voices.    Jer. 31:31-34, Ps. 51, Heb. 5:5-10
Three readers representing Jeremiah, the Psalmist and a Hebrew reflect on God's divine presence and indwelling direction.  By Jennifer Weil. 1 1/2 minutes. 3 readers.  Themes:  Covenant, Truth, Soul.
WD-C-4    Good vs. Gooder  Luke 4:1-13
Chelsea is trying to do the right thing, but finds its hard to know what the right thing is! Especially when your best friend, your brother and your mom all think they have the answer! By Pamela Abbey. 7 minutes. 1 female teen, 1 male teen, 1 adult male, 1 adult female. Themes: Temptation, Choices
WD-C-5    Perspectives   John 12:1-9
Four short monologues from Lazarus, Martha, Judas and Mary, giving their unique perspective Mary’s act of anointing Jesus’ feet. By Pamela Abbey. 10 minutes, 2 ½ minutes individual monologues. 2 women, 2 men. Theme: Devotion
WD-W-32 The Long Sit: Doing the Impossible Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
In which a friend poses a challenge to a group of his friends, which they accept, primarily for the prizes. They find out they can endure more than they thought and that the success has to do with more than tangible rewards. By Jennifer Weil.
6 minutes. 6 children aged 10-12. Themes: Perseverance, Commitment Love.

 

Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Good Friday

WD-W-25     Pony Up the Pony   Mark 11:1-11

In which a disciple and a citizen of Jerusalem resolve a misunderstanding.  The citizen is convinced to help prepare for the arrival of Jesus.  By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes. 2 men.  Props: Rope tied to a post.  Themes:  Prophecy, Belief, Service.

Also check out Ears to Hear, for Palm Sunday, on the Dramatic Monologues page.

WD-W-26     Earthquake     Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11
In which Isaiah expresses his awe for God and the surprising gift that God has given him so that he can do God's will. By Jennifer Weil. 2 minutes.  1 man.   Themes:  Courage, Calling, Trust.
WD-A-5    The Table Is Ready   Use with any gospel account of the Last Supper.
The wives of Peter, Judas and John are preparing to celebrate the Passover meal with Jesus. As they do, they discover they have differing views of what the Passover means and what Jesus is trying to do. This script will work well in any Maundy Thursday service, but is especially effective at lifting up our Jewish roots. The table the women prepare can then be used for communion if you wish. By Pamela Abbey. 10 minutes. Cast: 3 women. Props and Setting: Long table and items for a Seder meal. Themes: Last Supper, Maundy Thursday, Jewish Heritage.
WD-B-11  What If?  To accompany the Garden of Gethsemane story from Matthew, Mark or Luke.
Peter recalls how he fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane. What if he'd stayed awake?  Perhaps Jesus would not have been taken!  An interesting twist on the story suitable for either Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.  By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. 1 man. Themes: Forgiveness, Guilt, Trust
WD-B-12    Lifted Up   Is. 52:13-53:12, Ps. 22 & Heb. 10:16-25
A choral reading for Good Friday.   By Pamela Abbey.
2 1/2 minutes. 4 Readers.
WD-W-20      A Poetic Monologue for Jesus     Mark 14 and 15
In which Jesus tells us what is to happen to him, and how he feels about what he must do in order to save God's people.  His reflections help prepare him and us for what is to come.  By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes.   1 man.   Themes: Acceptance, Humility, Triumph.
WD-W-21    Isaiah’s Foretelling    Is. 52:13-53:12; Ps. 22; Heb 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42
In which a storyteller tells of Isaiah's prophecy about the coming, the death, and the resurrection of the Messiah.   By Jennifer Weil. 1 1/2minutes.   1 person.  Themes: Good Friday, Salvation, Belief, Sacrifice

 

Easter Sunday

WD-A-6    Mistaken Identity   John 20:1-18
The gardener who cared for the gardens around Jesus' tomb remembers that first Easter morning and how it changed his life. This is an especially effective script for an outdoor Easter sunrise service. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. Cast: 1 male. Themes: Resurrection, Transformation.
WD-B-2 Running from the Resurrection Mark 16:1-8
The scripture reader for the morning questions why the women disciples ran from the empty tomb, and one of them unexpectedly turns up to explain! By Pamela Abbey. 4 minutes. 2 adult females. Themes: Resurrection, Discipleship, Fear
WD-B-13    Rolled Away     Mark 16:1-8
As the women make their way toward the tomb on Easter morning, they question how they will move the stone that blocks their way.  They discover that God's love can never be blocked.  A semi-readers' theatre script that incorporates the old gospel chorus, "Rolled Away".  By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes.  3 women.   Themes: Resurrection, Truth
WD-C-6    Too Good to Be True   Luke 24:1-12
Readers Theatre Three of Jesus’ apostles and the women who went to the tomb reflect on the events of that first Easter morning in this readers’ theatre style script. It would make a good centerpiece for an Easter sunrise service. By Pamela Abbey. 11 minutes. 3 adult males, 3 adult females. Themes: Resurrection, Doubt.
WD-W-1    The Resurrection Matthew 28
In which four faithful women loyal to Jesus wait for his resurrection at the appointed time. Angels and skeptical disciples also show up. By Jennifer Weil. 4-5 women, 5-6 men. 5-6 minutes. Setting: A tomb in a mountain or platforms creating levels. Themes: Easter, Patience, Faith, Transcendence.
WD-W-2    An Ordinary Day John 20
In which Mary has a chat with Wisdom and accepts her visions, her faith, her peculiar blessing. By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes. 1 or 2 Women, or 1 Man and 1 Woman. Set: Podium. Themes: Acceptance, Mystery, Honor, Celebration.

 

After Easter through Pentecost

WD-A-7    An Unexpected Guest      Luke 24:13-35
Pat and Dan have had a disappointing Easter. They rediscover its joy and meaning when their teenage son brings a new friend home for dinner. By Pamela Abbey.
5 minutes. Cast: 1 woman, 1 man, 2 teenage boys. Props: Table and chairs, dinner items. Themes: Communion, Table Fellowship, Easter.
WD-A-8          The Great LS          I Peter 2:2-10
A short, whimsical monologue about a wimpy guy who becomes a tough, lively champion. This would make a good focusing moment for the beginning of a worship service based on I Peter 2:2-10. By Pamela Abbey. 2 minutes. Cast: 1 male. Props and Setting: Recorded theme song from "Rocky"; boxing gear. Themes: Transformation, Discipleship.
WD-C-7    A Faith Sandwich  John 20:19-29
George and Sue discover they have very different approaches to faith as they prepare the food for youth group. A whimsical piece about the place of doubt in the Christian life. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. 1 male, 1 female. Themes: Faith, Doubt
WD-C-9     Heads Up     Acts 1:1-11
Poor Thaddeus is suffering from a stiff neck, having spent the previous day viewing the ascension of his friend, Jesus. Dr. Angelo, a chiropractor with a divine viewpoint, helps him get ‘unstuck’ and shift his focus. By Pamela Abbey. 4 minutes. Cast: 1 male, 1 male or female. Themes: Ascension, Discipleship, Second Coming.
WD-W-5     The Clean Vision in Joppa  Acts 11:1-18
In which Peter explains his vision in Joppa, convinces a couple of his Jewish associates that there was enough God to go around, and that what was made acceptable by God no longer needs to be considered unclean. Period. All in all, a successful vision. By Jennifer Weil. 7 minutes. Cast: 5 persons.
WD-A-9     Out of Control      Acts 2:1-21
Something strange is going on at the corner of Fig and Vine, and the Jerusalem Police just can't seem to get a handle on it. Bringing the ring leader, Simon Peter, in for questioning just makes things worse! A lighthearted look at Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit shakes things up. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. Cast: 1 male, 2 male or female. Props: Telephone, desk, "breathalyzer". Themes: Pentecost, Holy Spirit, New Life.

 

After Pentecost

WD-A-10      The Call of Abramson      Genesis 12:1-9
A young business man resists God's efforts to contact him through high-tech, 21st century methods. And he really doesn't understand God's insistence that he just go, without knowing his final destination. A lighthearted re-interpretation of the call of Abram. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. Cast: 2 adults, probably male. Props: Desk and chair, laptop computer, cell phone. Themes: Call, Blessing, Mission.
WD-A-11      Give It Time      Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Tom has decided that two of his kindergarten students are destined for the penitentiary. Daughter Ashley thinks her lab partner is weird. Can they learn to take the long view? By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 man, 1 woman, 1 teenage girl, 1 boy. Props: Chair, box of old photos. Themes: Discernment, Growth, Judging.
WD-A-12     Who Do You Say That I Am?   Matt. 16:13-20 or Mark 8:27-38 or Luke 9:18-22
In this cross between readers theatre and choral reading, contemporary disciples struggle to answer Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?", finally redirecting it to the listener. This script can be used in a variety of ways, including as a Call to Worship. By Pamela Abbey. 2 1/2 minutes. 5 voices. Themes: Discipleship, Names of Christ.
WD-A-13       It's Not Fair!       Matthew 20:1-16
Dave's family is complaining to him that life isn't treating them fairly. Although he tries to calm each of them, when push comes to shove, Dave doesn't think life is fair either! By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 man, 1 woman, 1 young teenage girl, 1 older teenage boy. Setting and Props: Desk or table, two chairs. Themes: Fairness, Parables, Family.
WD-A-14     Whose Money Is It?      Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, or Luke 20:20-26
Polly has received her first paycheck from her summer job. Her initial thrill disappears rapidly when she discovers that the US government, her brother, her clothes budget - and even God - all want a chunk of her money! What's a girl to do? By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 woman, 1 teenage girl. Props: Table, chairs, cookbooks, phone, payroll check and envelope. Themes: Stewardship, Sovereignty of God.
WD-A-15     Chicken or Egg        Matthew 22:34-40 or Mark 12:28-34
This script is a bit of a "time warp", in which two young Pharisees are busy studying for the Bar Exam. They are doing fine until they try to answer a question about the greatest commandment, which results in a heated debate. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 2 men, 20s or early 30s. Props: Chairs, desk, scrolls. Themes: Greatest Commandment, Law, Ambiguity.
WD-B-14     Let No One’s Heart Fail    1 Sam 17, Mark 4:35-41, Psalm 9:9-20
A choral reading for 3 voices. Pamela Abbey. 2 minutes.  3 readers.  Themes:  God's Sovereignty, Faith, Courage.
WD-B-15      A Healing Touch      Mark 5:21-43 or any biblical story involving touch and healing
Two women discover the power of touch while waiting for medical tests. By Pamela Abbey. 3 1/2 minutes.  2 adult females.  Themes:  Power of touch, Healing
WD-W-22     I Can’t Go In There!      Psalm 24
In which Frankie and Joey continue their tradition of making and accepting dares from each other.  Frankie challenges Joey to enter a famous haunted house at dusk, knowing he will discover that God is everywhere. By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes.  2 boys, approx. 11 years.  Themes:  Faith, Fear, Courage.
WD-B-16 Crossing the Threshold Mark 7:24-30 or Matthew 15:21-28
Jesus and a woman from Tyre who sought healing for her daughter found themselves caught up in the prejudices of their culture. Barriers had to be overcome for them to encounter each other. In this monologue, the woman from Tyre tells how this moment changed her life. By Pamela Abbey. 7 minutes. 1 woman. Themes: Prejudice, Courage, Healing.
WD-W-33 Who's a Good Wife? Proverbs 31
In which three wives decide they’re good enough and reject a standard that requires them to be superhuman. By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes. 3 women. Setting: A beauty parlor. Themes: Standards, Faithfulness, Charity.
WD-B-17 The Club Mark 9:38-41
As Dave helps prepare food for the hungry in his community, he discovers that many different kinds of people do God’s work. By Pamela Abbey. 5 ½ minutes. 2 men, 1 woman, 1 offstage voice. Setting: Community food program. Themes: Discipleship, Superiority, God’s Work.
WD-W-34 Vanity Mark 9:38-41
In which a judgmental woman determines who gets to do good works in the name of Jesus and in so doing, might just prove herself unworthy. By Jennifer Weil. 1 minute. 1 woman. Themes: Envy, Vanity, Snobbishness.
WD-W-28 Hadassah: the Name of a Queen Book of Esther
In which an adopted Jewish woman marries King Ahasuerus, become the most powerful woman in her country, reveals her true identity, makes her father the king’s second in command and saves the Jews! By Jennifer Weil. 5 minutes. 1 woman. Themes: Patience, Wisdom, Justice. (This script is also available in a longer version using more actors. Please check this same title in "Longer Scripts".)
WD-W-35 In His Arms Mark 10:13-16
In which a couple try to open the eyes of another couple who are afraid of letting their child explore the wonder of God through curiosity and innocence. By Jennifer Weil. 3 minutes. 1 man, 1 woman. Sound: Carousel music. Themes: Innocence, Wonder, Trust.
WD-W-3 One for All People Hebrews 4:14-16
In which a poet expresses gratitude and awe for the gift of a priest able to feel as a human being and forgive as one divine. By Jennifer Weil. 1 minute. 1 person. Themes: Grace, Sympathy, Mercy.
WD-B-3 Willing and Able Mark 10:35-45
Two teenage girls, who want to impress their youth pastor, volunteer to help with a special project. They are a bit surprised by what he has in mind! By Pamela Abbey. 7 minutes. 2 teenage girls, 1 adult male. Themes: Discipleship, Servanthood
WD-B-4   Voices from the Sidelines  Mark 10:46-54
Four short monologues by characters who want to find Jesus in church, but are put off by the behavior and actions of church members. You can use all four monologues, or pick and choose. By Pamela Abbey. Each monologue runs 2-3 minutes. 3 male, 1 female. Themes: Evangelism, Exclusion, Church
WD-W-4    Genesis Rap Genesis 1 & 2
In which God creates the world and everything in it. And fairly quickly, at that! A fun romp through the beginning of the universe. By Jennifer Weil. 4 ½ minutes. Cast: 1-3 persons. Themes: Creation, Awe, Wonder
WD-C-10    I’ve Had It!  I Kings 19:1-15a
Four burned-out, contemporary Elijahs flee into a variety of noisy distractions. An other-worldly voice quiets them down and helps them understand that they are not alone in their tasks. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. Cast: 4 adults, 1 teen. Themes: Stillness, Distractions, Listening.
WD-C-11   First Things First Luke 12:32-34
As they work on family finances, a contemporary couple discovers that their priorities seem to follow the items on their credit card statement. By Pamela Abbey. 4 ½ minutes. 1 adult male, 1 adult female. Themes: Money, Priorities.
WD-C-12   The Makeover Jeremiah 18:1-11
A sculpture hasn’t turned out quite the way the artist wanted, so he/she decides to rework it. This transformation meets with some resistance from the sculpture itself, who was quite content with the way things were. By Pamela Abbey. 4 minutes. 2 adults or older teens. Themes: Transformation, Creation.
WD-W-8    Chasm    Luke 16:19-31.
In which a group of folks, lowly and humble but honest, find
their reward in heaven, while the rich and unscrupulous wind up in a very hot place. By Jennifer Weil. 4 minutes. Cast: 3 women,2 men. Themes: Values, Virtue, Wealth, Faith
WD-W-9    The Pharisee and the Tax Collector   Luke 18:9-14
In which Jesus dines with a few locals, including a Pharisee, and explains the true meaning of virtue. By Jennifer Weil. 2 ½ minutes. Cast: 4 persons, one must be male. Themes: Righteousness, Appearances, Integrity.
WD-W-30 Why Listen to Him? Luke 6:31; James 1:19-20; Luke 19:1-10
In which a Young Leader preaches to a disinterested audience, wins their interest, and teaches them the Golden Rule without their knowing it. By Jennifer Weil. 6 minutes. 6 children, aged 10 – 16. Themes: Respect, Appreciation, Love

 

Mother's Day

WD-C-8    Sarah’s Prayer 
A monologue for Mother’s Day, based on the story of Abraham and Sarah Nearing the end of her life, Sarah talks with God about how becoming a mother helped her learn trust and faith. By Pamela Abbey. 6 minutes. 1 adult female. Themes: Faith, Nature of God, Motherhood.
WD-W-3    Mothers are Behaviors
The performers mime the action as the Speaker narrates the stanzas.By Jennifer Weil. 1 speaker, 9 mimes, 2 of whom must be women. Set: Chair. Themes: Mother, Honor, Love

 

Stewardship

WD-C-11   First Things First.  Luke 12:32-34
As they work on family finances, a contemporary couple discovers that their priorities seem to follow the items on their credit card statement. By Pamela Abbey. 4 ½minutes. 1 adult male, 1 adult female. Themes: Money, Priorities.
WD-A-14     Whose Money Is It?    Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, or Luke 20:20-26
Polly has received her first paycheck from her summer job. Her initial thrill disappears rapidly when she discovers that the US government, her brother, her clothes budget - and even God - all want a chunk of her money! What's a girl to do? By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 woman, 1 teenage girl. Props: Table, chairs, cookbooks, phone, payroll check and envelope. Themes: Stewardship, Sovereignty of God

 

Thanksgiving

WD-C-13 Which Way? Luke 17:11-19
Three healed lepers receive conflicting advice from their cell phone apps. Should they continue on to see the priests or return to thank Jesus? By Pamela Abbey. 4 minutes. 3 males. Themes: Gratitude, Priorities.
WD-C-14 A Backward Glance Deuteronomy 26:1-11.
Great-grandpa’s reminiscences are driving 16-year-old Ross crazy as the family prepares for Thanksgiving. That is, until his mom guides him into some reminiscences of his own. By Pamela Abbey. 5 minutes. 1 adult female, 1 very senior male, 1 teenage male. Themes: Thanksgiving, Remembering, Family.

 

Odds and Ends

WD-D-1   A Stranger’s Gift.   
A readers’ theatre based on an old folk tale. An old monastery is dwindling away, and no one seems to know what to do. A stranger comes to the door one evening, and before he leaves he passes on a secret to the Abbot – a secret that will bring new life to the discouraged monks! By Pamela Abbey. 10 minutes. 5 actor/readers. Themes: Incarnation, Community Life.
WD-W-39  Illusion and Delusion   James 4:13-17, Proverbs 16:9 and 19:21, Psalm 90:10, 12    
In which Terence and Tilly, a very organized couple, discover that in their marriage and their lives they have lived inside the illusion that they are in control of outcomes.  Until now.   By Jennifer Weil.  5-6 minutes.  1 man, 1 woman.  Themes: Magic thinking, ego, self-delusion, the illusion of control

 

 

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