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ALL ON AN EASTER EVENING
A dialog sermon for Eastertide
By: John B. Wintermute
(Duration: 15-20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 1 either, 3 total cast)
As most of the disciples sleep, weary from the awesome events of Easter day, Thomas and Mary from Magdala discuss the miracle. Thomas doubts that Mary and the others have really seen the risen Christ. He questions, probes and challenges Mary's every statement at length until he is able to glimpse and realize the meaning of faith. An excellent presentation of the...  read more
AN EASTER CAROL
An Easter version of the Dickens' classic
By: Kenneth Onstot
(Duration: 20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 3 females, 3 males, 3 either, 9 total cast; 
     Flexibility: gender flexible)
There's no Scrooge in this Easter play, but true to Charles Dickens' form, there are several mysterious nighttime visitors. Kevin and Kim Marley die in an accident, leaving Jeri and their other teenage friends grief-stricken and confused. The Marleys visit Jeri at midnight and tell her that three spirits will visit her and reveal differing views of what happens...  read more
THE ANIMALS CELEBRATE EASTER
Children's sermons for the Easter season
By: William C. Hassel
(Duration: 6 scenes, 2-3 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 2-12 total cast)
These charming, kid-friendly children's sermons are told from the standpoint of animals and insects who witnessed the first Easter. Each Sunday a costumed animal character holds a spirited conversation with the pastor, telling his version of the events that unfolded years ago. The use of animals to tell the story holds special appeal to children while...  read more
ASH WEDNESDAY - THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
A dramatized worship service serving as the gateway to Lent
By: June M. Todd
(Duration: 30-45 minutes; Speaking Cast: 7 either, 7 total cast; 
     Flexibility: gender flexible)
Two narrators and four penitents give readings from the Psalms while telling the history of the early church's observance of Lent. Included in the narrative flow are three New Testament stories illuminating the significance of our Lord's sacrifices. This Scripture-based service of atonement and renewal accommodates two versions of the application of ashes to the...  read more
THE AWFUL SILENCE OF GOD
A two-person play for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday
By: Donald M. Stewart
(Duration: 20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 2 total cast)
Only two talented actors needed for this Holy Week play. The roles of Peter and Mary are challenging and fleshed out in absorbing detail. Their conversation instantly pulls you in with its suspense and secrecy, as Peter furtively looks for the temple police. He is afraid he'll be discovered, but Mary wants to know everything. The disciple gives Jesus' mother the...  read more
THE BURDEN
A Lenten drama
By: Greg L. Sullivan
(Duration: 15 minutes; Speaking Cast: 2 males, 1 either, 3 total cast)
Burdens both literal and figural are central to this short drama. A man encumbered by a heavy bag slowly trudges toward his destination of “freedom.” He struggles under the weight of his failures and bad memories. Then he meets the Liberator, a Christ figure, who offers to help shoulder the load, but says , “I can’t take it from you—you have to give it to me.” A...  read more
CAPERNAUM P.D.
A dinner theatre spoof of "Dragnet"
By: Daniel Wray
(Duration: 40 minutes; Speaking Cast: 5 females, 4 males, 9 total cast)
There are a million stories in the naked city, and Capernaum is no exception. This prequel to "Jerusalem P.D." focuses on Jesus' ministry years and the "series of fortunate events" that he brought about. Detectives extraordinaire Frank Cannon and Joe Thursday try to substantiate the reports of miracles throughout Galilee. Are they real or faked? True miracles or...  read more
THE CASE OF THE CONSPICUOUS CROSS
A Lenten play for youth
By: Keith Ellerbrock
(Duration: 20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 2 males, 6 either, 9 total cast)
We all have crosses to bear—but none as obvious as Sam's. It's huge, it's cumbersome and it's inconvenient. Humor ensues as Jesus asks him to carry it throughout his day and he reluctantly agrees. First stop: work. His boss observes, "Ever since you got that cross, you haven't been making the kind of deals that put the company ahead." He loses a promotion. Then...  read more
 
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