This Sunday is Christian Education Sunday at Now Church and the Sunday school children are doing a musical. I didn’t write the script. But last year I did! Here it is (I can’t find my photos of it, but that’s just as well, as probably none of these kids’ parents would want their children’s faces on my blog . . . ):
God’s Family Album
(Script by Miss Jenn, Songs chosen and directed by Miss Fran and Mr Patrice)
[Mark and Lily, in their pajamas, play on the floor with Legos® or something, center stage. A mild tussle seems to be occurring.]
Mom [offstage]: Kids! Time for bed!
Mark and Lily: Awww! Mom . . . !
Mom [comes in stage left, shooing at them with her hands]: Come on! Up, up up! Put away those things and get in bed—did you brush your teeth?
Mark and Lily [truculently throwing toys into a bag or bin] Yes.
Mom: How ‘bout you guys finish tidying up, and I’ll see if I can find your father to tell you a bedtime story before you go to sleep. Deal?
Mark and Lily [exchange knowing glances and a nod before looking back at their mother] Deal. [They finish throwing the toys into the box and run over to the chair in the corner.]
Mom [exiting stage right]: Hey, hon!
Dad [enters stage right, calling out with a fake Irish accent] All right, my Mark and my Lily! I hear it’s a bedtime story you’ll be wanting!
Lily [in a stage whisper]: Oooh—he’s talking fake-Irish again.
Mark: He always tells more stories when he starts off fake-Irish.
Lily: I’ll bet we can get him to let us stay up all night!
Mark and Lily [to each other, still stage-whispered]: YES!
Dad [strides over to the chair and sits in it. Mark and Lily sit on cushions or blankets on the floor. Now speaking with a “normal” accent.]: How about tonight I tell you a nice story about Abraham and Sarah?
Mark and Lily: What?
Dad: Abraham and Sarah.
Lily: But Dad . . . those are Bible stories.
Mark: Yeah. They’re . . . boring.
Dad [in mock horror]: Boring? Did you say . . . boring?
[Mark and Lily giggle.]
Dad: I can see I’m going to have to do something about this situation. How could your mother and I be allowing you to grow up thinking the Bible is boring? The Bible is amazing, fantastic, fascinating, with all kinds of stories of all kinds of people—kings and queens and orphans and warriors and people stabbing each other in the head with tent-pegs . . .
Lily: Ewwww! Mark [simultaneously]: Cool!
Dad: It’s a wonderful book, and when we belong to God’s family through Jesus, we find out that all these amazing stories—are stories of our family members, too!
[Two singing girls take center stage.]
Song [2 girls]: “Wonderful Book of God’s People”
Mark [after the song is over, indicating the girls]: Uh . . . who are they?
Lily: And why are they singing?
Dad: I’m not . . . sure. But I do know life gets a little different when you start paying attention to God’s stories. I guess it’s because God begins to put us into them. Let’s get back to Abraham and Sarah. Remember I was going to tell you about them? They started listening to God and ended up in a completely different place from where they started.
[Children’s choir stands and joins 2 girls, center stage.]
Song [Children’s choir]: “Abraham and Sarah”
Lily [with questionable sincerity]: That was a good story, Dad. I like Bible stories. Can you tell us another one?
Dad: Sure I can, honey. I might as well tell you about Abraham and Sarah’s grandsons, right? They were twins—Jacob and Esau. They didn’t get along very well. Jacob tricked his brother and had to run for his life.
Mark: Oh yeah—I remember that from Sunday school. Jacob laid his head on a rock pillow in the middle of nowhere and then he had this dream about a ladder reaching up to God.
[Children’s choir returns to center stage.]
Song [Children’s choir]: “Jacob’s Ladder”
[Children’s choir sits back down.]
Dad: That’s right, Mark. Or what about Moses? He . . .
Mom [enters stage right]: What in the world is going on in here? Kids, you should be in bed. As for you, [indicates Dad]—I can’t believe you’re encouraging this.
Lily: But Mom . . . Dad’s telling us stories about our family.
Mom [to Dad, hands on hips]: Your mother or mine?
Mark: No, Mom—he’s telling us Bible stories. He said those people are our family, too.
Lily: He was going to tell us about Moses next.
Mom: Moses, huh? All right, go on. What about him?
Dad: Well, I was going to tell them how Moses was kind of a shy guy—he didn’t like public speaking. But God had other plans for him than hiding out with sheep for the rest of his life. He told him to go down to Egypt and tell Pharaoh—
Mark, Lily and Dad [loudly]: LET MY PEOPLE GO!
Song [Adult Choir]: “Go Down, Moses”
Mom [sighing happily]: I like that song . . . I mean story.
Lily: Will you tell us one? Do you know any?
Mom [indignantly]: Do I know any?! I should hope so! How about . . . how about Elijah? He was a prophet—that’s someone that God gives messages to for the rest of the people. The people in Elijah’s day stopped believing in the real God, so he did a kind of God experiment. He might’ve been the one person in all time who proved God existed . . . but he had hard times, too, and he had to listen carefully for God’s still small voice.
[Children’s choir, center stage.]
Song [Children’s Choir]: “Elijah Rock”/”Rocka My Soul”
[Children’s choir REMAINS center stage through the end of the musical.]
Mom: Okay, but now, really, I think it’s time for you guys to go to bed. [Aside to audience] I was really kind of hoping to relax and watch some old episodes of Downton Abbey before the new season starts . . .
Mark: But Mom—neither of you have told us about Jesus yet.
[Dad and Mom exchange glances.]
Dad: He is kind of the point.
Song [Children’s choir]: “Go Tell It On the Mountain”
Dad: “God sent us salvation,” because Jesus didn’t just stay a baby—He grew up, and lived and died and came back to life again. We know about Him because of the friends he made who wrote down things he said and did.
Song [Children’s choir]: “There Were Twelve Disciples”
Mark: But what did Jesus do?
Mom: He did so many amazing things. He really got along with kids, too. One time a boy shared his lunch with Jesus and Jesus made it enough to feed more than five thousand people!
Song [Children’s choir]: “Two Little Fishes”
Lily: Stories about Jesus are my favourites. He seems so real.
Dad: He is real—and He’s alive. Even though we can’t see Him, we can get to know Him when we read the Bible and talk to Him.
Mom: And the great thing is, with Him in our lives, we’re never alone. You guys will grow up one day and you won’t live with us anymore [aside to the audience]—all going as planned—[turns back to children] but Jesus will go with you everywhere. He wants to be our best friend.
Song [Children’s choir, nursery children]: “Jesus Loves Me”
Lily: But . . . but we can’t see Him. I know He’s my best friend and He loves me, but sometimes I forget because . . . well, he’s invisible.
Mark: Yeah—how can we know He’s really there?
Mom: You’re right—sometimes it is hard. But there are lots of ways to tell, really. One of the ways is when we’re able to treat each other like Jesus in our own family.
Dad: The thing is, when it all comes down to it, if we have Jesus’ love and forgiveness in our lives—if He’s our best friend—we’re all in His family—in God’s family: with Abraham and Sarah, and Moses, and Elijah . . . and people all over the world today, too.
Mark: It’s like you said at the beginning, huh? And you know what, Dad—maybe Bible stories are okay after all.
Lily [elbowing her brother in the ribs]: Family stories, you mean.
Song [Adult choir, children’s choir, nursery children, all actors]: “We Belong to the Family of God”