By Andy Lund
Introductory drama to a service on Faith.
Two members of congregation (here Andy and Dan).
Other congregation members as called on.
(Scene: Andy and Dan are looking out at the congregation.)
Andy: What's this then, Dan?
Dan: Don't know. Bit long for a bus queue, Andy.
Andy: Miserable lot,aren't they? Could be a dole queue.
D: No..look...(Picks up hymn book or other piece of literature with name of Church) Durrington Christian Fellowship. Must be a church.
A: Oh yes, and what's that printed underneath? "Not to be removed from St Paul's Cathedral". You're right. It is a church.
D: (Light dawns) It's a church service.
A: Great. What's showing?
D: Let's ask an intelligent looking person.
D: Excuse me.
Member of congregation: Who me?
D: Err, yes. Excuse me for asking. What are you doing here?
MoC: We've come to church. We're expecting a service.
D: What's going to happen, then?
MoC: You know...singing, praying...that kind of thing.
A: All a bit vague, isn't it, Dan?
D: Yes. It needs a theme. A plan. Let's choose a subject.
A: How about a really controversial subject...like...err... "Did Adam have a belly button?"
D: No, they don't look bright enough to work out the complexities of it. Let's have something basic like...let's see...like "What is faith?"
A: Too easy.
D: I don't know about that. Let's see. Excuse me, could you answer a question. What is faith?
MoC: Who me? err...well...err...it's sort of like...err...
A: Bad choice. Try again.
D: How about you? What is faith?
MoC: Oh, yes. Faith. Hebrews.
A: No, we'll have tea later on. (Points at Dan) He brews a good cuppa.
MoC: No, Hebrews. The book of Hebrews. Chapter 11. (Gets up and reads) "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen".
D: (Unconvinced) Oh yes, ...very helpful.
A: Still, he's got a point, Dan. The Bible's got to be the place to find out.
MoC: 'Course it is. Look , just change places a minute and we'll show you a couple of events in the life of Jesus that'll help.
(Characters mime to the Narrators)
Narrator 1: A great crowd of people was following Jesus.
Narrator 2: And thronging around him.
N1: A woman in the crowd had been suffering from a haemmorhage for 12 years.
N2: She'd heard about Jesus and thought:
N1: If I can just reach out and touch Jesus, I know I shall be made well.
N2: She did.
N1: And she was.
N2: But Jesus noticed at once that power had left Him
N1: And He turned and said:
N2: Who touched my clothes?
N1: "Lord, everyone is touching you."
N2: The disciples said.
N1: But Jesus knew someone had reached out on purpose to touch him.
N2: And the woman came to Him and said:
N1: (Kneeling in fear) It was me.
N2: Jesus said: Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed.
N1: On another occasion Jesus was entering a town...
N2: And he was met by a Roman officer who said:
N1: Lord, my servant is lying paralysed at home in terrible pain.
N2: Jesus said: I will come and heal him.
N1: But the Roman officer said: Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Just say the word and I know my servant will be healed. I trust you.
N2: Jesus said: In the whole of Israel I have not seen such faith.
MoC: So, there you are. Two lessons about faith. Do you see now?
Dan: Yes, I think so But what has it got to say about faith today?
MoC: You've not been listening. What did the woman do?
A: Please sir, I know.
MoC: Yes, Andy?
A: She reached out and touched Jesus. She knew who to go to.
Dan: Oh right. And the centurion trusted &endash; he knew that Jesus could do what He promised.
MoC: Right, and it's the same today. If we reach out for the Lord and trust Him, He won't let us down.
N1: And that
N2: Is faith
© Andy Lund 1999
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