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EASTER PARADE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        Jesus’ story
SCRIPTURE:    Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Style:        Easter recital:  with 14 story points,
.             all points supported with scripture verses
Cast:         as few or many as you wish
NOTE:         You can have each child/person give
.             one story point and the applicable verse/s.
.             Or you can split those up in some way
.             (one saying a point, one saying a verse)
.             and continue on down the line.
.             Or ping pong each section between
.             two different people...
.             This is very flexible with many options.
MUSIC OPTION: You can intersperse these with songs
.             to create a more formal Easter program.
.             I have recommended songs.  These can be
.             sung by a choir, soloists, etc.
.             or have the congregation sing the songs.


.             $15.00 USD to receive a DIRECTOR’S SCRIPT
.                                    (plus sheet music)
.             how you receive this & package description



SCRIPT:

SONG 1: “TELL ME THE STORY OF JESUS” (vs.1)
.        by John R. Sweney & Fanny J.Crosby

P 1     This is the story of Jesus.

P 1.b   “In the beginning was the Word,
.       and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
.       He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)  

P 2     Jesus came to earth as a baby.

P 2.b   “And the Word became flesh,
.       and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory,
.       glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
.       full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  

P 3     Jesus grew up.                                  2

P 3.b   “The Child continued to grow and become
.       strong, increasing in wisdom; and the
.       grace of God was upon Him.”(Luke 2:40)  

SONG 2: “COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS” (vs.2)
.        by Charles Wesley, Rowland H.Prichard
.        and Robert Harkness

P 4     Jesus was baptized as an example for us.

P 4.b   “After being baptized,
.       Jesus came up immediately from the water;
.       and behold, the heavens were opened,
.       and he saw the Spirit of God descending
.       as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold,
.       a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is
.       My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’"
.       (Matthew 3:16-17)

P 5     Jesus was tempted, but did not sin.

P 5.b   “For we do not have a high priest
.       who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,
.       but One who has been tempted in all things
.       as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

SONG 3: “WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS” (vs.2)
.        by Joseph M. Scriven & Charles C. Converse

P 6     Jesus began His ministry.

P 6.b   “Jesus was going through all the cities
.       and villages, teaching in their synagogues
.       and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
.       and healing every kind of disease
.       and every kind of sickness. (Matthew 9:35)

P 7     Jesus performed miracles to prove that He is God.

P 7.b   "But, so that you may know
.       that the Son of Man has authority on earth
.       to forgive sins,"--He said to the paralytic-
.       ‘I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher
.       and go home.’" (Luke 5:24)

SONG 4: “PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY” (v.1)     3
.        by Joachim Neander

P 8     Jesus presented Himself as Israel’s Messiah
.       to take the throne in peace.

P 8.b   “Jesus, finding a young donkey,
.       sat on it; as it is written,
.       ‘FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION;
.       BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING,
.       SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT.’”  (John 12:14-15)

P 9     But Jesus was rejected by the people,
.       even though He was innocent.

P 9.b   “Pilate summoned the chief priests
.       and the rulers and the people, and said to them,
.       ‘You brought this man to me as one
.       who incites the people to rebellion, and behold,
.       having examined Him before you, I have found
.       no guilt in this man regarding the charges
.       which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod,
.       for he sent Him back to us; and behold,
.       nothing deserving death has been done by Him.’”
.       (Luke 23:13-15)

SONG 5: “O SACRED HEAD, NOW WOUNDED” (vs.2)
.        by Paul Gerhardt, Hans Leo Hassler, J.S.Bach

P 10    Jesus suffered for us.

P 10.b  “Therefore Jesus also,
.       that He might sanctify the people
.       through His own blood,
.       suffered outside the gate.” (Hebrews 13:12)

P 11    Jesus died in our place to pay for our sins.

P 11.b  “But God demonstrates His own love
.       toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
.       Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

SONG 6: “ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOR BLEED?” (vs.1-2)
.         by Isaac Watts & Hugh Wilson

P 12    Jesus rose again after three days.

P 12.b  “knowing that Christ,                           4
.       having been raised from the dead,
.       is never to die again;
.       death no longer is master over Him.
.       For the death that He died,
.       He died to sin once for all;
.       but the life that He lives,
.       He lives to God.”  (Romans 6:9-10)

SONG 7: “CHRIST AROSE” by Robert Lowry (vs.1)

P 13    Jesus provides eternal life to anyone
.       who believes.

P 13.b  “For the wages of sin is death,
.       but the free gift of God is eternal life
.       in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23)

P 14    Easter is the time that we remember and celebrate
.       the salvation that comes only through Jesus.

P 14.b  “...continue in the things
.       you have learned and become convinced of,
.       knowing from whom you have learned them,
.       and that from childhood you have known
.       the sacred writings which are able to give you
.       the wisdom that leads to salvation
.       through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
.       (2 Timothy 3:14-15)

PASTOR  could have a brief Easter message here

SONG 8: “I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED”
.        by Daniel W.Whittle, and James McGranahan