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Compassion
Actors:  Jesus, Satan, Humanity, Anger, Sorrow, Preoccupation, and Vanity
Number of Minutes: 20-25
Props: balloons, safety pin, candy, rose, compact mirror, newspaper, paper cups, headphones, handkerchief, stuffed animals, clown make up, pillow case, tennis balls, hammer, block of wood, sunglasses, song “We are the Reason” and the drama’s instrumental music 
Compassion is a pantomime with a clown make up for Jesus and Humanity.  Jesus is a mime who juggles, does tricks, and carries a bag of surprises.  Satan and Humanity are found on stage as the drama begins, Humanity smiling with her hands raised high above her head and Satan wearing dark sunglasses and black attire with his arms crossed.
As Jesus interacts with the crowd, Vanity enters stage left admiring herself in a compact mirror.  Jesus attempts to get her focus off herself by giving her a rose.  Vanity, however, compares the beauty of the rose with her own image in the mirror and decides to throw the rose on the ground as she gives Jesus a snotty look.  Vanity then puts her compact into Humanity’s hand before exiting stage right.  Humanity’s arms lower a bit under the weight of the sin of vanity and the smile begins to disappear from her face.
This same sequence of events transpires between Jesus and Anger, Sorrow, and Preoccupation.  Each character ignores Jesus in favor of focusing on their own concerns and then each hands Humanity an object representing their personality.  Anger gives Humanity a rolled up newspaper he is smacking in his open hand; Sorrow gives Humanity a handkerchief, and Preoccupation gives her the headphones.  Anger faces Jesus by walking on stage right and hit the balls that Jesus is juggling.  Jesus is drawn back a little and gives him a balloon with a happy face on it and he looks at it and then pops it with the safety pin and stomps on it before going to humanity and walking off stage left.  Jesus shrugs off the rejection and goes on.  Then sorrow walks on stage left crying in her handkerchief and Jesus tries to cheer her up, but to no avail.  Then when Jesus gives her a stuffed animal she throws it down and then puts her handkerchief on Humanity’s hands and walks off stage right.  Then Preoccupation walks on stage right with her headphones dancing.  Then Jesus joins the fun by putting to paper cups over his ears and starts dancing.  Then asks Preoccupation to try his cups and she does, but she shudders back by what she hears, while Jesus brings out two more cups and dances to his music.  Then he pleas with her to try them again, she does and shudders again and crushes the cups.  Then takes her headphones and places them into Humanity’s hands before walking off stage left. (see next page)  
Then Jesus, rejected but not discouraged, turns to Humanity and asks her to come and join him in the fun.  Humanity, however, refuses indicating that she is too weighed down by the sins of the world.  He shrugs off those objects and says forget about those things and come on and have fun, but she denies him again because she indicates that Satan is over her shoulder watching her and guarding her.  Satan has been standing there this whole time with his arms folded.  Jesus, not to be denied, takes all of the objects out of Humanity’s hands and begins to swing around joyfully with her.  Satan comes over and pushes Jesus away and places the objects back into her hands.  Then Jesus comes back and toys with Satan.  He goes behind Satan and taps him on the shoulder and jumps to the other side.  Then does this again.  Then he taps Satan on the shoulder and points off to something going on in the distance.  Satan runs off foolishly.  Then Jesus takes the objects out of her hands and swings around with her again.  Then Satan comes back angry and They pull Humanity back and forth.  Until Jesus signals enough.  At this point the tape should be turned off.  Then Jesus signals to put the things in his hands as he walks Humanity off stage.  Satan agrees, he looks at the objects and then takes the opportunity to take the defenseless Jesus and physically crucify him.  He nails each of the arms and then his feet.  Each time Satan hammers the nail, a person off stage should add to the drama by pounding on a piece of wood in congruence with Satan’s actions.  Jesus is terrified at what is happening to him.  Satan then brushes off his hands and walks off stage with a victorious scowl.  Jesus looks up and then dies.   
Now the song, “We Are The Reason” by David Meece is played.  When the actual music starts (because there is an introduction) Humanity walks on with her hands folded in a praying manner.  Seeing Jesus crucified, she comes to the center of Jesus and kneels before him.  All the other characters walk on individually from alternate sides still  in their original character, but a little less aggressive.  They walk past Jesus and then as they get 3/4 of the way across stage they turn to see Jesus and then the realization sets in that they caused this.  So they too kneel in front of Jesus.  There should now be a semi-circle around Jesus.  There is a point in the song when David sings “I have finally found a reason for living”  this is when Jesus should come alive with his hands going down and then raising them up to the heavens, just like Humanity was in the beginning of this drama.   
Then he follows the words of the song with his actions.  “It is in giving every part of my heart to you”  This is when he puts his hands over his heart and spreads them out over the people before him.  Then he takes each person up and raises their heads and hands, so they are kneeling with their backs straight.  After he has finished this with everybody.   Everybody hugs each other in a big group hug.  He puts one arm around Humanity and they walk off stage with everyone else close behind. 
This is a powerful drama not only for the people watching it, but also the actors.  Jesus actually becomes Jesus.  This may sound funny, but take it from somebody who played Jesus.  It is true.  Good luck with it 
Freedom
Number of Actors: 6
Number of Minutes: 15
Props: 4 belts
Retreatants: Junior high school, high school, and college
The skits starts out by the main character going up and giving a testimony.  He explains how everyone here is talking about Jesus and that he does not need Jesus.  He has a job and he works hard.  Jesus not help him in his job.  (Jesus does not scoop ice cream.)  There is no need for Jesus in his life.  Then a friend walks in and says that her parents are away and she was wondering if he was interested in a movie at her house Friday night.  He says to the crowd, how great is this I am going over (name’s) house and her parents are not going to be there.  Jesus would have never helped me out with this.  Then she asks if he is interested and of course he says yes.  She attaches a belt to his wrist and holds the other end of the belt and stands still, while looking away making like she is no longer in the scene.  Then Leroy comes in and says that he has a great deal for the main character.  He says he has a hot red mustang convertible that he is willing to sell the main character for only $500.   The main character says that is cheap and asks if this car is stolen.  Leroy answers by stating that it is “creatively acquired.”  Leroy states, “Picture this.  You are in your brand new hot red Mustang convertible with its top down driving along the beach.  You have a girl next to you, you have three girls in the back seat, and you even have a girl in the glove compartment.  All ready to please you because you have a new car.”  The main character agrees with the deal.  Leroy says to meet him in the back parking lot with $500 cash and attaches the belt to the other wrist of the main character.  He then looks away.  Then the main character explains how he has a new convertible that he can drive to his date’s house on Friday night.  Then he states that Jesus could have never helped him out like Leroy did.  Then the main character’s friend from class comes in.  She asks him if he has studied for the big exam that is worth 50% of his grade yet, which is on Monday.  The main character slaps his head and says that he has totally forgot and that he does not know what to do because he is busy this weekend and is not going to be able to study.  She explains that the teacher kind of dropped his folder and inside were the answers to the test.  So she now has the answers and agrees to give them to the main character.  Of course the main character agrees.  The friend attaches a belt to the opposite wrist from Leroy and looks away still holding on to the other end.  The main character states that he does not need to study now for the exam and instead can go cruisin in his new car with some girls and can get ready to enjoy his Friday night.  Then ends by stating that Jesus would have never done all this for me.  Then the party friend walks in and invites him to a  back out party on Saturday night and that there will be tons of kegs.  Of course the main character agrees.  The friend attaches the belt saying see you Saturday.  She looks away holding the attached belt.  Then he states that his friend hooked him up with some beer, his other friend hooked him up with the answers to the test, Leroy hooked him up with a brand new car, and he is going to be hooking up with (name) on Friday night.  Jesus is definitely did not help him in any of these situations.  Then Friday’s date pulls on the belt and says her boyfriend found out about them and going to kill him.  Then Leroy pulls and says that the cops are onto him about the stolen car and that the main character is next.  The friend from class then pulls and saying that the test answers were fake and that they failed the final.  Then the party girl pulls and says that she could not believe that the main character hooked up with her best friend (or puked all over the rug). Then everyone is pulling and yelling.  The main character falls to his knees and screams out, “Jesus, release me!”  The pulling stops and everyone lets go and stays there.  Jesus walks in and releases the belts one by one and gives them back to their original owners and they walk off stage.  When Jesus is finished, the main character asks where Jesus was when he needed him.  Jesus answers, “I have always been here for you, but you never called me.”  They hug and walk off together.  See “What if Jesus Came” in the prayer section for a good conclusion to the skit.   
New York Homeless Girl  
Characters: Little Girl, Older Woman, Narrator
The narrator tells the story, while the other two characters act it out.
One day on Park Ave., this little homeless girl was standing outside a pastry shop looking at the different donuts and danishes in the window.  She had not eaten in  awhile.  As she stood there a lady walked up behind her and commented, “Don’t they look good?”  The little girl said nothing and just nodded her head.  “Are you hungry?”, the lady asked.  Again the poor child just nodded, never looking back at the older woman wearing a mink coat and diamond jewelry.  “Would you like to go inside and share a danish with me?”  The little girl, almost unable to believe it, didn’t answer, but walked to the door of the shop.  The woman quickly went to the counter and bought a cherry filled danish and sat down across from the little girl, who never smiled or looked up.  The woman sliced the danish in half, giving one to the girl and taking the other one for herself.  Without hesitation, the girl grasped the pastry in her hand and took a bite.  Then for the first time she smiled and looked up to the woman and asked, “Are you God?”  “No”, the woman replied, “but I am His daughter.”  Looking down once again to take another bite, the girl quietly commented, “I knew you had to be related to him somehow.”...People will see God in us when we act in love and take care of each other.  Service is the expression of what God has done in our hearts with His incredible love for us.  Let us let other people in on the secret and sooner than you’d expect, people will know that you too are related to God 
The Parables About the Treasure and Pearl  (The Kingdom of God)  
This is a skit that is good for all ages and takes about 15 minutes to perform.  You will need a big ball wrapped in tinfoil, two backpacks, a wallet, a checkbook, a watch, car keys, and the song Press On.  (Please contact David Geiger if you need the song)  You will need a reader, main character, a friend, seller of the pearl, a bunch of friends.  Open the skit by having the reader read Matthew 13:44-46.  The reader walks off and the skit begins.  The main character and her friend are walking on stage with their backpacks coming home from school.  The main character asks her friend to come with her to buy this pearl.  The friend asks her why.  She answers by saying that another friend of hers said that this pearl is awesome and that you must get it and that she is scared to go alone.  The friend is hesitant says, she does not know because it is a long way off to get it.  Then the main character shows her friend the keys to her new car and tells her that she can drive it if she goes.  The friend agrees.  They walk over to this man who is standing behind a table on the street.  The main character asks him if he is selling the pearl.  He answers, yes I am.  Then the main character asks how much it costs.  He answers by saying how much do you have.  The main character explains that she only has $20 on her and gives him the money without hesitation.  The man takes her money.  Then the man asks if that is all the money she has.  She answers by saying yes that is all the money she has on her.  The man then says that he needs all of her money.  She questions him by saying, “All of my money, in my savings and checking accounts.  I have worked so hard all my life to earn that money.  I do not know what this pearl is like, but it is not worth it.”  The friend interferes by explaining how far she has come and tells her to write the check.  The main character agrees only saying that she hopes her other friend is right about this magnificent pearl.  Then the man takes the check and says is that everything.  The man asks her about her backpack.  She says here and gives her books up quickly because, as she explains, it is the last day of  school.  Her friend also willingly gives up her backpack.  The man then asks about her watch.  She says no way because it was her grandmother’s watch.  The friend helps her change her mind by saying that this pearl must be great and that she already gave away all of her money.  The main character agrees, as she hesitantly gives up her watch.  The man and the friend have to tear it away from her.  Then the man inquires how she got there.  She says, “I dro..... Oh no you are not getting my new car.  I already gave you my money, my books, and my grandmother’s watch and now you want my car.  You are crazy.  I am out of here.”  Again her friend helps persuade her to give up her new car by saying what she gave up already and how far they have come.  Then the man and the main character’s friend take the keys out of the main character’s hands.  The man asks, if that is everything she owns.  The main character says yes and the man takes out the pearl and hands it to the main character.  The main character is in awe of the beauty of the pearl.  The man then gives back everything he has taken from her and says that these things are his, but he is letting her use them.  (They try to refuse the books, but the man won’t let them)  He also explains that everything is now his, including her.  She is so in awe of the pearl that she agrees and walks away.  Her friend walks ahead of her and the main character walks behind looking at the pearl and not paying attention, so much so a car hits her. (You will need to somehow make a car crashing sound)  The friend screams and runs to her side, but it is too late the main character is dead, leaving the pearl at her side.  This is when the music starts to play.  The characters can follow the words to the song.  The man walks over to the dead body and the main character rises and comes to him, but she looks back at herself on the ground with her friend crying, but the man expresses that it is alright to leave there.  He walks her off to show her this wonderful place.  She looks around and is in awe. 
The friend then gets up and takes the pearl with her and talks to some friends off stage.  The man then shows her God and she is struck again with awe.  She walks off stage towards God.  The man goes back, with a new pearl, to sell to the bunch of friends and the main character’s friend.  They all go through the actions of giving up their money.  Then they all hug and walk off together.      
The Ragman, The Ragman, The Christ!
 
by:  Walter Wangerin Jr.
Characters: The Ragman, narrator, sad women, bleeding girl, one armed man, drunken old man, acting narrator  
Props: Bag, 2 handkerchiefs(1 wrinkled and old and 1 new), 1 white scarf, 1 white scarf with a red stain, two old jackets, two blankets (1 older and 1 newer)
Plot:  The skit is good for high school and college students.  It lasts about 15-20 minutes.  Everything that is in italics is an action that the actor or actress must do.  The narrator is telling the story,  but there are people still acting out the situation.  This is a good story about death and resurrection in modern metaphor. 
Narrator: I saw a strange sight.  I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for.  Hush, child.  Hush, now, and I will tell it to you.  Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of the City.  He was pulling an old bag filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice:  
Ragman: pulls the bag around himself, calling out:  Rags!  Rags!  New rags for old!  I take your tired rags!  Rags!
Narrator:  Now, this is a wonder; I thought to myself, for the man stood six feet to, and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence.  Could he find no better job than this, to be a Ragman in the inner city?  I followed him.  My curiosity drove me.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch.  She was sobbing  into her handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears.  Her knees and elbows made a sad X.  Her shoulders shook.  Her heart was breaking.  
(Woman sitting on the floor with knees up, arms hugging legs...so that it looks like and X...sobbing, very upset, head bent over)
The Ragman stopped.  Quietly he walked to the woman, stepping around tin cans, dead toys, and Pampers.
Ragman:   Give me your rag and I’ll give you another
Narrator:  He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes.  She looked up, and he laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined.  She blinked from the gift to the giver.  Then, as he began to pull his bag again, the Ragman did a strange thing;  he put her stained, spotty handkerchief to his own face; and then he began to weep, to sob as grievously as she had done, his shoulders shaking.  Yet she was left behind without a tear.  “This is a wonder.”, I breathed to myself, and I followed the sobbing Ragman like a child who cannot turn away from mystery.  He continued on calling out:
Ragman:   Rags! Rags!  New rags for old!
Narrator:  In a little while, the Ragman came upon a girl whose hand was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes were empty.  Blood soaked her bandage.  A single line of blood ran down her hand.  Now the tall Ragman looked upon this child with pity, and he drew a lovely clean rag from his bag. 
Ragman:   Give me your rag and I’ll give you mine. --  tracing his own line on her hand
Narrator:  The child could only gave at him while he loosened the bandage, removed it, and tied it to his own hand.  The new rag he set on hers.  And I gasped at what I saw, for with the bandage went the wound!  Against his hand, it ran darker, more substantial blood - his own.  The sobbing, bleeding, strong, intelligent Ragman continued on his way, continuing to call out:
Ragman:   Rags! Rags! I take your old rags!
Narrator:  How as the early morning continued to wake, the sun seemed to hurt the sky and my eyes.  The Ragman seemed more and more in a hurry. 
Ragman:   Are you going to work!
Narrator:  he asked a man who leaned against a telephone pole.  The man shook his head no. 
Ragman:   Do you have a job?
Narrator:  “Are you crazy?” sneered the other.  He pulled away from the pole revealing the right sleeve of his jacket.  It was flat, the cuff stuffed into the pocket.  He had no arm. 
Ragman:   So give me your jacket and I’ll give you mine.
Narrator:  Such quietly authority in his voice!  The one-armed man took off his jacket.  So did the Ragman - and I trembled at what I saw; for the Ragman’s arm stayed in the jacket, and when the other put it on, then he had two arms, thick as tree limbs, but the Ragman  had only one.
Ragman:   Go to work!
Narrator:  After that he saw a drunk, lying unconscious beneath a blanket, an old man, hunched, wizened, and sick. 
He took that blanket and wrapped it around himself, but for the drunk he left a new blanket.  And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman.  Though he was weeping uncontrollably, and bleeding freely at his hand, pulling his bag with one arm, stumbling from drunkenness, falling again and again, exhausted, old, and sick; yet he was fast.  On spider’s legs he skittered through the alleys of the city, this mile and the next, until he’d come to its limits, and then rushed beyond.  I wept to see the change in this man.  It hurt to see his sorrow.  And yet I needed to see where he was going in such haste, perhaps to know what drove him so.  The little old Ragman came to a landfill.  He came to a garbage dump.  And then I wanted to help him in what he did, but I hung back, hiding.  He climbed a hill with tormented labor.  He cleared a little space on that hill.  Then he sighed.  He lay down.  He pillowed his head on a handkerchief and a jacket.  He covered his bones with an army blanket.  And he died.  Oh how I cried to witness that death!  I slumped in a junked car and wailed and mourned as one who has no hope- because I had to come to love the Ragman.  Every other face had faded in the wonder of this man, and cherished him, but he died.  I cried myself to sleep.  I did not know - how could I know? - that I slept through Friday night and Saturday and its night too!  But then, on Sunday morning, I was wakened by a violence.  Light - pure, hard, demanding light - slammed against my sour face, and I blinked, and  looked, and I saw the last and the first wonder of all.  There was the Ragman, folding the blanket most carefully, a scar on his hand, but alive.  And, besides that, healthy!  There was no sign of sorrow nor of age, and all the rags that he had gathered shine for cleanliness.  Well, then I lowered my head and, trembling for all that I had seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman.  I told him my name with shame, for I was a sorry figure next to him.  Then I took off all my rags of burdens in that place, and I said to him with dear yearning in my voice, “Dress me.”  He dressed me.  My Lord, he put new rags on me, and I am a wonder beside him.  The Ragman, The Ragman, The Christ!
Reconciliation Story
This is powerful drama that will affect the audience.  I would recommend putting this on an older high school crowd.  The drama starts off by three friends walking into a church talking to each other how they are going to over exaggerate their stories when they go into confession because the priest gets a kick out of listening to their confessions.  So after they finish talking one of the friends walks in while the other two stay by the door and listen in to their conversation.  The priest sits there behind the screen while the main character starts saying all the bad things.  The priest interrupts and says in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit.  The main character goes on and says that it has been 20 years since his last confession and then tells him all these made up things, while chuckling to his friends.  The priest keeps on saying is that all?  After the main character is done talking with the priest the priest says to the main character to go to the foot of the cross and say to Jesus, “Jesus you died for me and I do not give a damn!” three times.  The main character says fine, no problem.  He walks out of the confessional and the two friends follow behind from a distance.  He walks up to the cross and screams “Jesus you died for me and I don’t give a damn.”  Then naturally the other times he gets weaker and weaker, until he cannot bear not to cry, let alone say the words.  Then he walks back to the confessional, while the other two friends stand aside and watch with awe at what just happened.  Then the main character goes to the priest and says forgive me father for I have sinned.  Then one of the friends can address the audience by saying that this is a true story and the man went on to become a priest.
This is My Life
 
Number of actors: 6
Number of minutes: 15
Props: crate, school books, Bible, family picture, soap detergent, big bear, and beer bottle
Retreatants: Junior high school, high school, and college 
The skit opens up with the main character looking at her crate.  She describes how great and organized she is and how happy she is.  She explains that she does not like school, but she has to do the work (showing her books in the crate).  She explains how she likes to hang out with her family (showing a picture of her family, which is also in her crate).  She also explains how she enjoys spending time with God (holding up the Bible from her crate).  Then she states, “This is my life, full, yet manageable.”  Then her two friends walk in describing a soap opera they just finished watching.  Then they ask the main character if she watches the soaps.  She answers no because she does not have time.  Then the two friends look into her crate and find the books and say that she really does not need to study that much.  They tell her to have some fun.  She agrees.  The two friends take away the books and put the soap detergent bottle in their place.  Then the main character explains how she still has time for God and her family and that she has always wanted to watch the soaps (does not care about losing her books).  Then her boyfriend enters.  He acts all sweet to her.  He asks her if she would like to go out Saturday night.  She thinks it over and states that she couldn’t because she has plans to go out with her family.  The boyfriend looks at the picture of her family and takes it out and says that her family will always be there for her and that he does not get to see her that often anymore.  She agrees that she can spend time with her parents some other time, since they are always there.  The boyfriend takes the picture of her family and replaces it with a teddy bear.  The boyfriend exits.  The main character looks at her crate and explains with a little hesitation that she has her soaps, she loves her boyfriend and cannot wait to go out with him Saturday night and that she still has her faith intact.  Then the two party friends walk in and invite her to a party.  The main character looks at her crate and says that she is already too busy.  The friends look through her crate and pull out the Bible, exclaiming what do you need this for?  The main character explains that she likes to keep a personal relationship with Jesus.  Then the two friends say something like, who needs Jesus, he’ll always be there, but the party won’t be or you can pray some other time, Jesus won’t care.  Let’s go have fun!  Tons of Kegs...The main character finally agrees with great anxiety about the whole thing.  Then the two friends take out the Bible and put the beer bottle in its place.  Then main character goes over her crate once again and sighs.  Then states, “This is my life, full, yet....well full.”  Then she takes her crate off stage.
Torn Heart  
This skit is good for all ages and lasts about 10-15 minutes.  The characters that you will need is a main character, father, friend, boyfriend, and Jesus.  You will need two hearts made out of red construction paper with a string that is attached to them, so a person can wear the heart like a necklace. You will also need masking tape.  The plot begins with the main character sitting alone in a chair in the center of the stage with one of the hearts around her neck.  The boyfriend of the main character walks in and says that he does not want to go out with her anymore.  The main character is depressed, while the boyfriend walks up to the main character and tears a piece of the heart and tosses it on the ground, while walking off stage.  One of the main character’s friends knocks on the door.  When the friend enters the main character tries to explain what just happened to her, but instead the friend yells at her.  The friend is mad because the main character caused the cool people to stop talking to her.  The friend walks in front of her and tears a piece of the main character’s heart and throws it down, while walking off stage.  The main character looks at her heart all torn apart.  Then the main character’s father walks into her room.  She tries to explain what has just happened and how sad she is, but her father is too mad to listen.  He starts yelling at her because of her grades on her report card.  He walks in front of her and tears a piece of the heart and throws it down, while walking off.  Now the main character is left alone.  This is a good time to play a song that deals with Jesus being there for you when you are down or Jesus as a friend.  She looks down at her heart all torn apart.  She takes off what is left hanging and tries to put the pieces back together, but cannot.  She paces wondering what she should do.  This is when Jesus walks in with a full heart around his neck.  He walks over to her and sets her down in front of the heart.  He starts taping the heart back together with the masking tape showing.  The heart is finished, but still not perfectly healed.  The main character starts to pick up the heart, but Jesus won’t let her.  He takes off his heart and gives it to her and he picks up the taped up heart and puts it on himself.  Then they hug and walk off together.