[*Angel Chimes ~ Angels sitting on stairs when phone rings, Cherub answers the phone]
Cherub: Hey Angels, it’s God.
God: Good Evening Angels!
All Angels: Good Evening, Sir!
God: Good work, Gabriella and Angelica. You’ve completed a successful mission: Mary and Joseph have married, and are headed to Bethlehem to have the baby. Now, I have a new assignment for you Angels!
Gabriella: Great, Sir! What is it you want us to do?
God: I want you to go out into the fields and find shepherds watching over their sheep to tell them about your successful mission.
Cherub: Shepherds? Why them? Why not the shop keepers, or tax people?
God: Angels… you know I have my reasons! Shepherds are simple, hardworking people who have been waiting for this just as much as the other people you’ve mentioned. Now, get to work, Angels!
All Angels: Okay, God! [*Angel Chimes]
[Lights dim and angels exit]
Song: "Hark the Herald Angel" (Congregation)
[Shepherds are milling around with the sheep when the Angels appear, shining a bright light around them. All the shepherds immediately fall to their knees in surprise]
Shepherd 1: What’s going on? Are you taking away our sheep?
Shepherd 4: Maybe they’re taking over our jobs!
Cherub: Oh, no, we wouldn’t do that! We’re sent from God. Don’t be scared, we bring you good news of great joy that will be for everyone. Today, in the town of Bethlehem a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ, the Lord.
Shepherd 2: I heard that this would be happening! Where will we find him in Bethlehem?
Cherub: I can only give you a clue: you will find him wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. God says that you won’t have any trouble finding him.
All Angels: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill to all!
Shepherd 3: Let’s Go!
[Angels and Shepherds Exit]
[*Angel Chimes~Angels sitting on the stairs, phone rings and Cherub answers]
Cherub: It’s God!
All Angels: Hi, God!
God: Hi Angels! Good job with the shepherds! This time I have an unusual assignment for you! I’ll need you to go undercover.
All Angels: Undercover????
God: Yes, I want you to be disguised as a Star. There is a special team of people looking to find baby Jesus. You, Angels, will be the sign for them to follow. Do you think you can handle that?
All Angels: Sure, God! We’re on our way!
[*Angel Chimes ~ Angels exit]
Narrator: And so it was…. Three special team agents went to Bethlehem to find the Christ child. The men traveled for days when they noticed a particularly bright star…
Wise man 1: Look, up in the sky!
Wise man 2: Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
Wise man 1: No, look at that bright star! It seems to be calling us…
Wise man 3: Let’s go follow it!
[** Choir sings “We three Kings” as the wise men and angels move together. Angels, moving behind huge star, stop above where a manger lay. Shepherds are also there around the manger.]
Wise man 1: Is that…???
Wise man 2: Is that…??
Wise man 3: Is that…??
Shepherd 1: I thought that you were the wise men! Of course this is Jesus!
[The three wise men immediately go down on their knees and give the baby presents]
Shepherd 2: You guys really came prepared! We didn’t bring anything!
Shepherd 3: That’s okay; we’ll give the world a gift by spreading the good news!
Shepherd 4: Let’s go!
Narrator: So the Shepherds left to tell the world of the wondrous miracle that they had just witnessed: Christ Jesus has been born!
Song: Joy to the World [led by the shepherds]
[*Angel Chimes ~ Angels sit on stairs for last scene]
Gabriella: Well Angels, this was one of the most exciting missions I’ve ever been on!
Angelica: No kidding, those flying lessons we took really came in handy! I wonder what God will have planned for us next?
Cherub: I don’t know, but will somebody else PLEASE answer the phone next time?
[All three angels begin laughing]
Copyright Peggy Woon, 2001, all rights reserved.
For questions, you can email me at Peggy.Woon@yahoo.com . This play was first performed at the Chinese Community United Methodist Church in Oakland, California during Candlelight services in 2001.