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CHRISTMAS FROM SHEPHERDS’ VIEWPOINT - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Christ’s birth
SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:8-20
Style: drama/conversation: SHEPHERD tells 2 WOMEN
. about seeing the Christ-Child.
Cast: SHEPHERD, WOMAN 1 & 2
Set & Props: robes, shepherd staff, basket, water jug
(WOMEN 1 & 2 walk onto stage as if getting food & water.
SHEPHERD bounds in and gets their attention.)
SHEPHERD Wonderful news, people! Ladies!
. I have seen the Christ-child –
WOMAN 1 Get away from me, you smelly shepherd boy!
SHEPHERD But I have seen Him – and His name is Jesus.
WOMAN 2 What?! You were just walking along in the field,
. then stumbled right over the Christ-child?
SHEPHERD We WERE in the fields. Some of us
. were sleeping, and a few of us were
. watching the sheep, when angels appeared -
WOMAN 1 Angels came to YOU? Why would angels
. appear to some reeking animal watcher?
. I’ve only ever heard of angels appearing
. to important people.
SHEPHERD That was PART of the good news!
. The angels came to deliver the message –
. for US – the common man –
WOMAN 1 Common! Me? Don’t include me in YOUR group.
. YOU are the lowlifes of society!
WOMAN 2 Let him finish, dear.
SHEPHERD The Christ-child, whose name is Jesus,
. is the Lord and Savior for ALL people.
. For everybody! Including us shepherds.
WOMAN 1 Not only are you disgusting, you’re crazy!
WOMAN 2 I don’t know. My husband has studied
. the scriptures and he has been talking
. about the Messiah and His imminent coming.
WOMAN 1 Do not encourage this man.
WOMAN 2 (to SHEPHERD) Tell me more,
. and start from the beginning.
SHEPHERD We were in the fields. BEFORE
. the big host of angels filled the sky
. with praises to God, and wishes of peace to men,
. there was just ONE angel.
. And when that first angel appeared –
. I have to be honest here –
. we were terrified. But the angel told us
. not to be afraid – then gave us the good news,
. which will mean great joy for everyone.
. The message was: that our Savior,
. Christ the Lord, was born today.
. And we’d find Him in Bethlehem,
. in a feeding trough of a stable.
WOMAN 2 You mean, in one of those caves for animals?
WOMAN 1 Now really! This is too much.
. Why would our Messiah be found in some barn?!
. If He came, it would certainly be in a palace!
SHEPHERD I saw it for myself. We went right away
. and found the Baby. It was just
. like the angel said.
WOMAN 1 (walks away while speaking) This is all too much.
WOMAN 2 Well I want to get my husband and go see Jesus.
. Will you take us there?
SHEPHERD I will. You can see for yourselves then.
. Seeing the angels was amazing, but
. meeting Jesus personally is life changing.
(SHEPHERD and WOMAN 2 walk off stage while still talking.)