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    The Rock is a Youth

    Ministry of Ascension The RockThe Rock

    Lutheran Church

    The Night that Bore Christmas

    Based on Luke 1:26-38

Narrator 1: Nicole

    Narrator 2: Kelli

    Narrator 3: Allee

    Narrator 4: Lauren

    Narrator 5: Alleah

    Narrator 6: Toby

    Santa: Matt

    Mary: Alissa

    Joe: Austin

    Gabe (Angel): Mattias

    Critic 1: Michael

    Critic 2: Eric

    Narrator 1: Today’s Gospel gives us some insight into an

    extraordinary day of a small-town teenage girl whose

    blurry ideas of her future were interrupted by a

    unique visitor from heaven. The visitor was Gabriel,

    the angel God had also sent to Daniel and the Priest

    Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. Join us

    now in a dramatic recitation of the classic Christmas

    poem, “The Night That Bore Christmas”.

(Santa enters the stage)

    Narrator 1: No, no, not “The Night Before Christmas”. We’re

    doing the “Night that BORE Christmas.”

    (Disappointed, Santa turns and high-fives Joe as Mary & Joe enter the stage, with Joe returning Mary home after a “date”)

Narrator 2: Twas three months before John’s Birth,

    December 18, 2005 Page 1

?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in

    any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the

    following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in

    the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce

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    The Night that Bore Christmas

     When all through the town,

     Not a person suspected,

     the wondrous sign that came down.

Narrator 3: The young girl, named Mary,

     was betrothed to a man,

     Joseph, a carpenter,

     awaited her hand.

Critic 1: All right, all right, break it up.

Narrator 1: Pardon me, but who are you?

    Critic 2: We’re critics. You think you can do a dramatic

    production without critics? Who do you think you

    are, William Shakespeare?

    Critic 1: There’s no Biblical record of Mary and Joseph

    datingit was probably an arranged marriage.

Narrator 1: Hey, it’s artistic license, okay?

Critic 2: Carry on…

    Narrator 4: (Mary dreamily looks out window, chatting on cell

    phone to a friend.)

     What worries and fears,

     What hopes and what dreams,

     Would young Mary be having,

     a mere girl in her teens?

Narrator 5: She knew her position

     as a hopeful young wife,

     And only hoped for a normal,

     unspectacular life.

Critic 1: Hold it, hold it!

Narrator 1: Now what?

Critic 1: No cell phone. Mary didn’t have a cell phone.

    December 18, 2005 Page 2

?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in

    any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the

    following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in

    the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce

    this script for internal use, but all copies must contain this copyright statement.

    The Night that Bore Christmas

    Mary: How am I supposed to tell my friends about the

    dreamy wooden horse Joe carved for me? (Proudly

    holds up Dala horse.)

    Critic 2: He gave you this? Hey, Joe, you’re Jewish, not

    Swedish. (Joe shrugs.) And NO cell phone. (Takes

    cell phone away.)

    Narrator 1: Now no more interruptions, please.

Critic 1: Very well, continue

(Gabe #1 appears out of nowhere in Mary’s room.)

Narrator 6: When out of nowhere

     there appeared such a vision,

     Mary must have been stunned

     and startled and smitten.

Narrator 1: God’s messenger, Gabriel,

     appeared in a flash,

     As he had to Zechariah

     six months in the past.

    Narrator 2: How different this visit

     of Gabriel to Mary,

     The first to Jerusalem,

     this one to Galilee?

    Narrator 3: Zechariah an old priest,

     and Mary a teen,

     The first lacked belief,

     the second a dream.

Narrator 4: The mighty messenger,

     so awesome and great,

     He spoke now to Mary,

     casting light on her fate.

December 18, 2005 Page 3

?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in

    any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the

    following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in

    the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce

    this script for internal use, but all copies must contain this copyright statement.

    The Night that Bore Christmas

    Gabe: “Greetings to you,”

Narrator 5: the message he savored,

Gabe: “With you is the Lord,

     You are highly favored!”

Narrator 6: Troubled in thought,

     Mary wondered what deed,

     The visitor had mind of,

     what thing might he need?

    (Mary offers Gabe a Coke, some crackers, and her wooden horse.

    Finally, Mary gives up, and bows low before Gabe…)

    Critic 1: Hold it, hold it! A Coke and Ritz crackers?

    Critic 2: You really think Mary offered Gabriel a Coke and Ritz

    crackers?

    Narrator 1: Well, there is no Biblical record of her offering him

    anything…but if she did, why not a Coke and a Ritz?

    Jeri Driscoll and Andy Griffith would have done that.

    Why not Mary?

Critic 1: Good point. Carry on.

Gabe: “Do not be afraid,”

Narrator 1: he exclaimed with a nod, (Gabe nods)

Gabe: “You have found favor,

     found favor with God.”

    : “You will be with child,

     and give birth to a son,”

Mary: “But I’m not yet married,

     and we haven’t begun…”

Gabe: “You’ll give him the name Jesus;

     he’ll be great in the Land.”

    Page 4 December 18, 2005

?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in

    any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the

    following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in

    the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce

    this script for internal use, but all copies must contain this copyright statement.

    The Night that Bore Christmas

Mary: “But I’m not yet married,

     we’ve only just planned…”

    Narrator 2: And then, in a twinkling,

     Gabe spoke as he shone,

Gabe: “He’ll be the Son of the Most High,

     he’ll have David’s throne.

     He’ll have David’s throne,

     Jacob’s house he will fend,

     He’ll reign o’er it forever,

     of his Kingdom, no end.”

Mary: “How will this be?”

    Narrator 2: Mary asked in respect.

Mary: “Since I am not married.

     I’m still a teen yet.”

Narrator 3: But Gabriel, God’s messenger,

     in her reply it was heard,

     Not the doubt of Zechariah,

     but the faith in God’s word.

    Narrator 4: His eyes-how they twinkled,

     as he answered her query,

     He’d reassured Daniel,

     Zechariah, now Mary.

Gabe: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,”

    Narrator 5: he vowed as she swooned. (Mary swoons.)

Gabe: “The power of the Most High

     will overshadow you soon.”

    Narrator 6: Her eyes, we imagine,

     must have grown just a bit, (Mary’s eyes widen) December 18, 2005 Page 5

?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in

    any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the

    following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in

    the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce

    this script for internal use, but all copies must contain this copyright statement.

    The Night that Bore Christmas

     As Gabriel paused

     to explain the odd fit.

Narrator 1: For to Mary,

     this small insignificant teen,

     In Nazareth, a small town,

     on the edge of the scene,

Narrator 2: Was to hear words

     that only one person would hear,

     Since the fall in the Garden,

     and the prophecy there.

    Narrator 3: For there in Genesis,

     three, fifteen, it read,

     He would strike at man’s heel

     but God would crush Satan’s head.

    Narrator 4: Gabriel continued to speak,

     As we read in the passage,

     And he capped it all off,

     with this remarkable message.

Gabe: “So the holy one to be born,

     will be called SON OF GOD.”

    (Gabe continues to silently speak to Mary.)

Narrator 5: And he’d live with them there,

     In their presence he’d trod.

    Narrator 6: The joy of Elizabeth,

     Gabriel mentioned in passing,

     As evidence of God’s

     most impossible blessing.

(Gabe exits in an Angelic fashion.)

Narrator 1: Then Mary exclaimed

     as Gabe set out in flight,

    Page 6 December 18, 2005

?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in

    any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the

    following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in

    the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce

    this script for internal use, but all copies must contain this copyright statement.

    The Night that Bore Christmas

    Mary: “I’m the Lord’s Servant.”

All: So to all a good night.

    December 18, 2005 Page 7

    ?2005 David Skarshaug (www.alcames.org). Conditions for use: (1) If you use all or parts of this script in any form, please consider sending a suggested $25 donation check made out to “The ROCK” to the following address: Ascension Lutheran Church, 615 Kellogg, Ames, IA 50010. Reference the script title in the memo on the check. (2) Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it. (3) You may reproduce this script for internal use, but all copies must contain this copyright statement.

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