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HAVING GOD’S FORGIVENESS – written by Tanis Harms
SCRIPTURE: Mt.16:18, Jhn.21:15-19, Eph.1:7-8
Style: drama/conversation: ANDREW and PETER
. flashback to childhood experiences
. as they discuss the importance
. of God’s forgiveness
Cast: ANDREW (male adult)
. PETER (male adult)
. ANDREW (male child)
. PETER (male child)
. NARRATOR (optional)
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, PETER and ANDREW enter,
in the middle of a deep conversation.
PETER is visible upset with himself.)
ANDREW Peter, I do not understand why you are
. still so upset with yourself.
PETER For so many reasons, Andrew.
. So many reasons...
. You’re my brother, you know very well
. that my main talent is sticking
. my foot into my mouth. How many times
. did Jesus have to rebuke me?
. Too many to count! But far worse, just
. like Jesus said I would – I betrayed Him –
. three times. And - I actually thought
. that I would be able to save Jesus. Ha!
ANDREW The reason why Jesus died, and then rose again
. was to offer salvation to us.
PETER Well, of course, it’s fairly obvious
. that I need saving!
ANDREW We all do. Peter, remember when we
. were children?
. CENTER STAGE 2
(As children, PETER is very riled up, but ANDREW
firmly pushes PETER away from some sort of altercation
to help calm him down.)
ANDREW Peter, calm down. Take a breath.
PETER Why? Why are they so stupid?
ANDREW Well... Let’s think about this for a moment.
. What – would Dad say...
(PETER watches ANDREW thinking, then finally
throws up his hands in resignation-)
PETER (admitting) Okay – I’m the stupid one.
ANDREW And stop putting yourself down.
. We were ALL being stupid, yes?-
. BUT- we can now choose to be wise.
PETER How can I come back from THAT? (pointing)
ANDREW We apologize?
PETER But, why should I? Do you know how many times
. they have said something bad about us?
ANDREW I don’t know-
PETER EIGHT - TIMES! I’m done!
ANDREW You’ve been counting? Well, okay then,
. so how many times have YOU hurt THEM?
(PETER makes a series of faces as he thinks and counts.)
ANDREW Peter, face it, we know it’s a lot.
PETER I WANT to do better!
ANDREW Well I know that. So do I.
PETER WHAT is my problem? I’m such a loser.
(PETER walks off sulking. ANDREW follows.)
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, PETER and ANDREW continue their discussion.)
PETER See, nothing has changed.
ANDREW A LOT has changed. Jesus rose from the dead.
. His work on the cross offers forgiveness.
. And – Jesus just spoke to you, allowing
. a moment of reconciliation– for you to express
. your remorse- and how much you love Him.
. Remember, Jesus did say that you were going
. to be used by Him to help build His Church.
PETER And just why would God choose me?
ANDREW We’re ALL sinners, deserving death. And now
. we have found an everlasting forgiveness.
. (laughing) Look, you are definitely zealous,
. and not afraid to follow Jesus!
PETER I still make mistakes.
ANDREW Ah- I’m quite sure God already knows that.
(PETER finally cracks a smile, then exits with ANDREW.)
. STAGE RIGHT
NAR. 10 “In Him we have redemption through His blood,
. the forgiveness of our trespasses,
. according to the riches of His grace
. which He lavished on us.
. In all wisdom and insight...”
. (Ephesians 1:7-8)