Reply to "DRAMA, READER'S THEATER, STORYTELLING, PUPPETS Workshop Lessons and Ideas for the Lord's Prayer"

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The Lord's Prayer

Drama Skit

Our church did The Lord's Prayer for our rotation last spring. However, the curriculum we use never has drama scripts.

The kids in our church love to put on costumes (all the Christmas & other costumes through the years) and have lines and scripts and act it out on the downstairs stage.

Because of this, all the great ideas about having kids brainstorm and act out ideas for The Lord's Prayer weren't going to work for our set.

So, I wrote a Lord's Prayer drama Anyone is welcome to use it, change it, use the version of The Lord's Prayer that you use, etc.


Characters in script

Narrator Narr
Temple priest Priest
Prophet Proph
Follower of Prophet 1 P1
John the Baptist John
Follower of John 1 J1
Peter Peter
Luke Luke
Jesus Jesus
Other disciples Disc
Pharisee Phar
Tax Collector Tax C



Script

Narr: Now, in Jesus’ time, there were many different ways to pray. The disciples noticed this.

The priest at the temple was part of an old system that saw God as far away.

Priest: Come, bring your animal to be sacrificed! God demands that you burn an ox or bird. It will please him to smell it. [prays on knees with arms above] “Oh God, you are so far above us. Look down upon us and do not crush us like ants. Keep your anger far from us.”

Narr: There were other prophets who had followers. They would always teach a prayer or way to pray.

Proph: I know how you should pray. Rip your clothes.

P1: [pretends to rip his clothes] Like this?

Proph: Yes. Now, lay flat on the ground.

P1: [lays on the floor] Like this?

Proph: Yes, but don’t look up. Now lay there for 2 hours and constantly praise God for all the good things in the world.

P1: [muffled on floor] All right.

Narr: John the Baptist had his followers and his ways of following God.

John: You must repent – be sorry for your sins. To show you are sorry, you must be baptized.

J1: John, you have baptized me. What else must I do?

John: Fast – eat nothing and drink nothing to show you are sorry. Pray to God constantly for the forgiveness of your sins.

Narr: The disciples noticed all of this and went to Jesus. Jesus had been praying.

Peter: Teacher, we are confused. We see that you pray all the time.

Luke: Please teach us to pray, like other people teach their followers.

Peter: Yes, like John the Baptist taught his followers to pray.

Disc: [overlapping] Teach us to pray. We need to know how to pray. Please.

Jesus: Pray like this: Abba. . .

Peter: Abba?

Luke: That is “daddy.” How can God be our daddy, our father?

Jesus: God is not far above you. God is with you and within you. God is not angry. God loves you and wants the best for you, like a father.

Disc: [to each other] Can this be true? Does God really care?

Jesus: He wants to have a close relationship with you. Pray this prayer:

Our father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

Luke: Wow! Now when people see us, they will hear us praying this prayer and know we are special.

Jesus: God wants you to be humble and know that every blessing you have comes from God.

You have seen the people pray loudly in public so people will hear them and think they are great.
Disc: Yes we have seen them. Is that how we should pray?

Jesus: Let me tell you a story. Once there were two people who went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.

Phar: [stands proudly, head up] “God, thank you that I am not like other people, bad people like thieves, liars or even this tax-collector. I fast twice a week and I give one tenth of my money.” There, everyone should have heard that!

Tax C: [kneeling, head down] God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Jesus: How do you think God wants you to pray?

Luke: Like the tax-collector?

Jesus: Yes. God doesn’t want you to pray so people will think better of you. He wants you to pray to stay connected with him and to realize how much you are blessed.

Peter: You mentioned forgiving people in the prayer. How many times should we forgive someone, as many as seven?

Jesus: No, seventy times seven, or as often as you would like to be forgiven.

Luke: Teacher, let us pray your prayer.

 [Everyone holds hands and prays]

Our father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen


A skit written by Susan Johnson from: St. Luke Lutheran Church
Portland, Oregon

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