The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

By Sheila Hamil


This updated version is set in a school assembly hall.


Child 1
Child 2


Luke 18:9-14


A tape of good dance music and a good microphone.


I would like to tell you one of the parables that Jesus told, it can be found in St Luke's Gospel Ch 18 vv 9-14. If perhaps you look it up, you may find it isn't quite the same as this because this is a children's version of it.

Two children once went into the assembly hall to pray………
(music fairly loud as they come in)
(music stops)
And this is how one of them prayed:-
(music much quieter)
I'm good, I'm great there's no-one quite like me,
Look around at all the others, and you'll see,
They're lazy, they're selfish, they tell tales all day long,
And I cannot be faulted for I never go far wrong.
(music louder)
(music stops)

And so he continued………
(music much quieter)
I'……m perfect, so cheerful, a pleasure to have around
I work just as requested and I never make a sound
She's messy, untidy, her work is such a state,
And mine is simply perfect, and my homework's never late.
(music louder)
(music stops)

And so he continued……..
(music much quieter)
I……. give my money to the poor, I give them what I can,
I go to church each Sunday and I am your biggest fan (God)
But I'm pleased I'm not like her, always in a mess,
And what I'm about to say you'll never guess
(music stops)
She's not been in the good book
Not seven times like me,
So am I getting through to you God?
Aren't you pleased …. You've got a son …. Like me?
(music louder)
(music stops)

The girl on the other hand would not even raise her eyes to heaven, she hung her head in shame and whispered…….

Oh God, I just can't help myself at times……. I'm so sorry!

As you watch them leave the assembly hall, ask yourself, which one of these two found forgiveness in the eyes of God?
(music louder and stops)


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