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JOHN’S LETTER - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: truth, serving, financial support, gossip
SCRIPTURE: 3 John
Style: drama/conversation: a messenger brings a letter
. from John to a church. As he paraphrases
. the message, and the people react.
Cast: MESSENGER, PERSON 1, 2, 3
Set & Props: scroll
(PERSON 1, 2, 3 huddle together in prayer. When they
say “Amen”, MESSENGER enters, panting from running.)
MESSENGER I have news from Apostle John.
(MESSENGER opens scroll and tries to read, but has
problems catching his breath.)
PERSON 1 What’s wrong, you can’t breathe?
(MESSENGER shakes his head.)
PERSON 2 But we want to hear it.
PERSON 1 We’re just very anxious to hear from John.
PERSON 2 Why don't you just paraphrase for now?
MESSENGER (reading) Okay. Ahhh, Apostle John
. wishes you well. He is encouraged to hear
. that some of us are still walking in the truth.
PERSON 3 I don’t understand. Who isn’t?
PERSON 2 Sh.
MESSENGER Ahhh, he commends YOU on how you financially
. support the brothers who go out for
. the sake of the name to share the good news.
PERSON 3 Commend? What’s that mean? Could you all
. not use such big words?
PERSON 2 And shouldn’t we have a word for 2
. “these people,” instead of just: the brothers
. who go out for the sake of the Name?
PERSON 1 Yes! But what?
PERSON 2 The-ahhhh... good news messengers?
PERSON 3 How about, the go-outters?
PERSON 1 That doesn’t work at all.
PERSON 2 Well, they do go out - on missions –
. the mission-goers.
PERSON 3 The – missionaries!
PERSON 2 Hey, that sounds good. The "MISSION-aries. "
MESSENGER Okay, so Apostle Paul thanks you
. for your faithful support to the –
. missionaries – and how you take them
. into your homes when they come to this area.
. He says it is a great testimony –
. a great witness – to the people
. in John's church -
PERSON 3 Huh?
MESSENGER When you do that, other people can
. totally see how you love the missionaries,
. which shows them how you love God,
. and it can show them how God can work
. among the people. So - keep it up. What you
. all do is teamwork for the message of truth.
(PERSON 1, 2, 3 high-five each other.)
MESSENGER Now - here’s a warning about Diotrephes.
. He is trying to run things, and is gossiping
. about Apostle John and the missionaries
. and refuses to help them out. It seems
. whenever someone wants to become a missionary,
. he tries to stop them and kicks them out
. of the church. If Apostle John comes,
. he will deal with this situation. For now,
. do not join Diotrephes in doing evil.
PERSON 1 That’s so sad.
MESSENGER Demetrius, on the other hand,
. has a good reputation and can be trusted.
. Just keep doing what is good –
. this is from God. And finally,
. Apostle John wishes you peace
. and hopes to see you all real soon.
. Keep up the good work.
(EVERYONE cheers and high-fives again. Meanwhile,
MESSENGER rolls up the scroll, hands it to PERSON 2
and turns to leave.)
PERSON 1 Wait-wait, where are you going?
PERSON 2 Come on, you at least need something to eat
. before you go.
PERSON 3 And I noticed your sandals are wearing out.
. I’ve got an extra pair that should fit you.
(PERSON 1, 2, 3 warmly ushers MESSENGER out.)