Summary: The various parts of the body explain their functions. Can be used as a drama / conversation starter / study group presentation / or part of a worship service.
Style: Light-hearted. Duration: 7min
Actors: 1N, 6M/F
Scripture: Based on 1 Corinthians 12: 12, 14, 26, 27
(It would help if the actors had ‘body costumes’ to identify their component part of the larger body.)
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it with Christ. The body does not consist of one member, but of many.
Hello, everyone! As you might have guessed, I am the foot. I am one of the most important parts of the body. You don’t see me a lot of the time. Actually, most people just take me and my partner for granted. We feel a bit like Rodney Dangerfield. We never get no respect. We are always getting stepped on. Nobody notices us unless we start to hurt. I don’t think the other body parts feel that way. It would be interesting to hear from them. They all think they are so important.
I have one leg up on my friend down there. Ha ha. That’s the kind of joke we body parts always tell. Yes, folks, I’m the leg. Actually, I have a lot of respect for the foot. Without it, I couldn’t get anywhere. Neither could my partner on the other side. We’ve learned to work together. We know how much the top part needs all us bottom parts. And the nice part is that we get all this great exercise. I feel sorry for the ears and the nose. Except for a little wiggle here and there, they never get a good workout.
Hi, friends. Heart here. Not quite the top, but certainly not near the bottom. Most of you have never seen me before. Maybe in pictures somewhere. Or (shudder) in an operating room. But even though you can’t see me, I just know how important it is for the rest of the body that I keep healthy. Not that I would ever wish it, but you could make do without some of the parts of the body. Without me, you couldn’t live a minute.
Now don’t think that I am bragging. I just have this great sense of responsibility. Privilege. It really is an honor to have this position. Have you ever heard someone say, “So-and-so has a big heart”. That is just about the biggest compliment you can give someone.
Hello, everyone. You can guess who I am. It’s very handy having me around. Another one of those body part jokes. Just don’t go asking me for a hand-out. Hee hee. Actually, you would enjoy being a hand. We have a wonderful time. You get to greet people you never met before. You get to feed the rest of the body, and help it get dressed. If you like to help, you should really consider being a hand.
“Eye see you” out there. Yes, it’s me, the eye. I may not be the biggest part of the body, but without me, you would have a hard time getting around. I also help the body to understand the world out there.
Hi! I represent the nerves of the body. I think you know what I do. I am responsible for making sure that all the parts communicate with each other. And you know, what I do is just like what the Spirit does in the church. Maybe you could think about that with me for a minute. Think of yourselves as being different parts of God’s body. All of you have something that you can do. All of you are also different. It wouldn’t make sense for all of you to be a nose, because you wouldn’t be connected to anyone else. You are who God made you. And all of you are important. Even if you think you don’t have much to offer. You do. And that’s where the Spirit comes in. The Spirit wants all the parts to work together. And wants all the parts to respect each other. And to care for each other.
That’s why they asked me to speak last. I know all about how the parts are supposed to work together. And I know what happens if they don’t. If one is hurting, you should all be able to know about that. If the eye sees something beautiful, you should all be able to celebrate that and say Wow! Thank you, God! That was wonderful! If the hands make something very useful, or creative, you should all be grateful.
So think about the body of Christ. Right now you have an opportunity to find out in a new way how this church - this body of God - will work, pray and celebrate together. I hope you have some fun doing that.
If one members suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
(c) Copyright, Jim Hatherly, all rights reserved.
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