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BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT – written by Tanis Harms
.             (
video)  (or script version option for two)
TOPIC:        edification
SCRIPTURE:    1 Thess.5:11; Luke 6:27-57
Style:        satire/conversation: in several different
.             situations, someone explains their problem,
.             then another person tries to give advice,
.             getting buzzed until they get it right
Cast:         2 people, or up to 10 people
Set & Props:  buzzer, maybe a bell for good responses


(PERSON 1 and 2 step out/forward.)

P 1   I’m so nervous!  I have a piano recital tomorrow,
.     and I’m afraid I’m going to make mistakes.

P 2   Then you probably WILL make a mistake.  Usually
.     when you think you will make a mistake – you do.
.       (BUZZ, P 2 thinks)
.     Eh, just accept the fact that you will make
.     a mistake.  You’re not that good anyway.
.       (BUZZ, P 2 thinks)
.     I know that you’ve been practicing a lot.
.     I’ll be praying for you, that you will do your
.     very best, and all for God’s glory.

(PERSON 3 & 4 step out/forward.)

P 3   I’m so angry.  This bully keeps picking on me,
.     and I’m about to blow up.

P 4   And you should!  He totally deserves it!
.        (BUZZ, P 4 thinks)
.     I’ve seen you dish it out and do mean things
.     to other people.  So, I’m thinking, maybe
.     you deserve what you’re getting.
.        (BUZZ, P 4 thinks)
.     You should talk to your parents.  They can
.     help you.  And we can walk to school together
.     so you can feel safer.  Then if we can’t avoid him,
.     we can try being nice to him.  Sometimes people
.     like that are really just hurting inside.
.                                                       2
(PERSON 5 and 6 step out/forward.)

P 5   I’m so afraid.  My mom is really sick.  She had
.     to go to the hospital last night.  And I’m not sure
.     what’s going happen.  It doesn’t look good at all.

P 6   Oh, I know a kid whose Dad died.  That was
.     so tragic.  They had to sell their house and
.     move to another town.  Life was over for that kid.
.        (BUZZ, P 6 thinks)
.     Maybe your mom has sin in her life.  Has she asked
.     for forgiveness for EVERYTHING?  I’m sure she’s
.     being punished for something.
.        (BUZZ, P 6 thinks)
.     Let us know if any of you need anything?
.     Meanwhile, we will be praying for your mom
.     that she gets better soon.  And we’ll be praying
.     for you and the rest of your family,
.     that you will have peace about all of this.

(PERSON 7 and 8 step out/forward.)

P 7   I’m very frustrated right now.  I’m trying to help
.     this older person with their house chores,
.     but they keep complaining, like nothing I do
.     for them is ever good enough.

P 8   Oh yeah, I know the type.  I just hate critical
.     people like that.  Like nosey Mrs. Shoemaker down
.     the street, who always complains– about everything!
.     Like SHE can do any better?  She is so picky,
.     and then she turns around and gossips!
.        (BUZZ, P 8 thinks)
.     Then you should just quit.  Especially because
.     we’re supposed to serve one another with joy.
.     Well, if you can’t feel any joy – that’s a deal
.     breaker.  Serving people should always be fun.
.        (BUZZ, P 8 thinks)
.     Maybe they had a bad day, or they’re in a lot
.     of pain.  They are probably really nice, and just
.     want to give you some guidance on how to do the job
.     better.  But you really should believe the best
.     of them.  I’m sure deep down, they will really
.     appreciate your efforts.  And if not, that’s their
.     issue to take up with God.  Meanwhile, you’ve done
.     what you can.  Just keep being nice.
.                                                       3
(PERSON 9 and 10 step out/forward.)

P 9   I can’t believe my dog just died and I’m feeling
.     this sad.  I miss him so much.

P 10  It’s just a dog!  Get over it!
.        (BUZZ, P 10 thinks)
.     I can’t stand being around sad people, so just –
.     be happy – okay?  Or - talk to me once your life
.     gets back on track.
.        (BUZZ, P 10 thinks)
.     I’m so sorry.  It is sad when you lose someone
.     or something that means a lot to you.
.     Want to talk about it?  Or, maybe you just want to
.     do something that takes your mind off of it?