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LETTER TO THE SON (Easter version)
. (or see Christmas version)
. – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Jesus’s birth, work on the cross
SCRIPTURE: Matthew, Luke 3:23-38
Style: an Easter program with soliloquy/s
. scriptures and songs. A father figure
. reads a letter which is as
. if it is written by God to His only Son,
. while a voice (can be recorded)
. reads coinciding scripture verses.
NOTE: Recommended songs can be sung
. either by soloists, choir or congregation;
. or choose other applicable songs.
Cast: FATHER FIGURE, VOICE
Set & Props: desk, chair, pen (or quill), letter
. $15.00 USD to receive a DIRECTOR’S SCRIPT
. (plus sheet music)
. how you receive this & package description
SONG 1: GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD by John Stainer
. OR find another like: “There is a Redeemer”
. by Melody Green, Keith Phillips
. OR “At the Name of Jesus”
. by Caroline M.Noel, Ronn Huff
. OR “Lamb of Glory”
. by Greg Nelson, Phill McHugh, Eugene Thomas
(FATHER FIGURE sits down at a desk to [pretend to]
write a letter, speaking as he does.)
FATHER My dear Son, My one and only Son,
. I write this letter to you
. with the deepest love a Father could have.
. I am so very proud of You,
. not because of everything You have accomplished,
. or everything that You will accomplish,
. but just for being who You are.
. You were with me from the very beginning –
. You were with me before time had even begun.
VOICE “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, 2
. “before Abraham was born, I am!”
. John 8:58
FATHER Together, We spoke the Word, and it was so.
. Through Our words everything came into being.
VOICE In the beginning was the Word,
. and the Word was with God,
. and the Word was God.
. He was with God in the beginning.
. Through Him all things were made;
. without Him nothing was made that has been made.
. John 1:1-3
FATHER In order to share of Ourselves,
. with a motive of Our pure love,
. We created the universe together,
. and everything in it.
VOICE For by Him all things were created:
. things in heaven and on earth,
. visible and invisible,
. whether thrones or powers
. or rulers or authorities;
. all things were created by Him and for Him.
. Colossians 1:16
FATHER With the purpose of love, We created mankind,
. even though We knew they would reject Us,
. and bring sin into world.
. Sin that would bring a darkness to the world...
. a spiritual death to all people.
. Sin that would put a separation
. between them and Us.
. But still, Our love for them
. is as powerful and eternal as We are.
SONG 2: “One Day” by J.Wilbur Chapman, Charles H.Marsh
. OR find another like: “Our God Reigns”
. by Leonard E.Smith Jr., Eugene Thomas
FATHER My dear Son, My one and only Son,
. We let the people know
. that one day You would come down
. to be a light to that world of darkness.
. We sent the people Our Word – messages -
. to be written down for the people,
. to let them know of Our love and that – soon –
. You would come to earth to save them.
VOICE “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 3
. though you are small among the clans of Judah,
. out of you will come for Me One
. who will be Ruler over Israel,
. whose origins are from of old,
. from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
FATHER We sent prophets to bring the good news
. that one day You would arrive,
. as the rightful King, a perfect sacrifice,
. to save the world
. from the sin that they had brought in.
VOICE “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
. Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
. See, your King comes to you,
. righteous and having salvation,
. gentle and riding on a donkey,
. on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
. Zechariah 9:9
FATHER You, my Son, will be born in Bethlehem.
. This will be one of the signs
. that the prophecies are being fulfilled.
. A sign to all people –
. that We will carry out everything
. that We have promised to them.
SONG 3: “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”
. by Fanny J.Crosby, John R.Sweney
. OR “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”
. by Philip P.Bliss
FATHER My one and only Son,
. My dear, precious Son,
. now is the time that You must go –
. as a Light to those
. living in the world of darkness.
. It is time to sacrifice all the comforts
. of paradise and leave Your heavenly throne.
VOICE But when the time had fully come,
. God sent his Son, born of a woman,
. born under law... Galatians 4:4
FATHER You will still be fully God,
. but you will also become fully man,
. with earthly limitations.
VOICE The Word became flesh 4
. and made His dwelling among us.
. We have seen His glory,
. the glory of the One and Only, who came
. from the Father, full of grace and truth.
. John 1:14
FATHER My precious Son, in obedience
. You chose to be the ultimate sacrifice,
. to come down to earth as humble as a servant.
. You chose to leave all majesty
. and be a Servant to all mankind.
VOICE Who, being in very nature God,
. did not consider equality with God
. something to be grasped,
. but made Himself nothing,
. taking the very nature of a servant,
. being made in human likeness.
. Philippians 2:6-7
FATHER And not only that of a servant,
. You chose to become something
. which would be despised, and further rejected.
VOICE He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
. and like a root out of dry ground.
. He had no beauty or majesty
. to attract us to Him,
. nothing in His appearance
. that we should desire Him.
. He was despised and rejected by men,
. a Man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
. Like one from whom men hide their faces
. He was despised,
. and we esteemed Him not.
. Isaiah 53:2-3
FATHER And still You will remain obedient,
. and will reach out to the people
. on My behalf. You will be going to them
. to represent Me in the flesh;
. so that they will have the opportunity
. to observe a living example.
VOICE Jesus said to them,
. “If God were your Father, you would love Me,
. for I came from God and now am here.
. I have not come on My own; but He sent me.”
. John 8:42
FATHER And still You will remain obedient 5
. to My will, even unto death.
. Even knowing that in death,
. while taking on all the sins of all mankind,
. I will have to turn away from You.
. I will have to leave You there – all alone.
. But this is the only way they can be saved.
. I love them so much, I am willing to send You
. to do this very thing –
. to be the perfect sacrifice -
. to die for them in their place,
. and pay for their sins.
. Turning away from You as You do this very thing
. is what will bring Me the greatest pain.
. This will be Your greatest suffering.
. But I love them - so very much.
VOICE And we have seen and testify
. that the Father has sent His Son
. to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14
. “For I have come down from heaven
. not to do My will
. but to do the will of Him who sent Me.
. John 6:38
FATHER To carry out My will, so that all people
. would have the opportunity to put sin away
. and come to Me. With the purpose of love,
. We created the universe –
. only to be rejected by those We created.
. With the purpose of love,
. You will come down to earth to save –
. knowing You will be rejected again.
. But Our purpose is to be carried out.
. It is time. It is time for You to go.
SOUND NAILS BEING HAMMERED
SONG 4: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
. by Isaac Watts, Lowell Mason, Robert F.Douglas
. OR “The Old Rugged Cross”
. by George Bernard
. OR “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”
. by Elizabeth C.Clephane, Frederick C.Maker
PASTOR’S GOSPEL MESSAGE
. The Easter salvation message
SONG 5: “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” 6
. by John Bowring, Ithamar Conkey
. OR “At the Cross”
. by Isaac Watts, Ralph E.Hudson
FATHER My Son, My one and only Son,
. how dear and precious You are.
. You have gone to a world of darkness,
. to be a light to all people.
VOICE “I have come into the world as a light,
. so that no one who believes in Me
. should stay in darkness.” John 12:46
FATHER You will bring the light of life
. to a world of darkness, a world devoid of hope.
. To a sinful world, You will become salvation,
. so that by believing they can be forgiven
. and live with Us for all eternity.
VOICE When Jesus spoke again to the people,
. He said, “I am the light of the world.
. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
. but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
FATHER Because You are obedient to My will,
. My dear and precious Son,
. You came to earth as a baby.
. To a world of sin,
. You were willing to die for all mankind.
. To a world of hopelessness,
. You are willing to provide salvation.
. To a world of darkness,
. You are willing to be the Light.
VOICE Come, house of Jacob,
. and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
. Isaiah 2:5
VOICE And - Let your light shine before men
. in such a way that they may see your good works,
. and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
. Matthew 5:16
SONG 6: ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! (HE’S RISEN)
. by Christopher Wordsworth, Ludwig van Beethoven
. & Edward Hodges