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ORCHARD EXPERT – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: having a firm foundation to produce fruit
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 1:1-6, John 15:1-8
Style: allegory/conversation: people compare
. how they planted their fruit trees,
. which parallel having a firm foundation
. in God and living out His Word
Cast: PEOPLE 1-5
Set & Props: dried up twig, baskets of fruit,
. or big bags filled with something,
. then you can pull out a few fruit
(PEOPLE 1 and 2 enter from stage right while talking.)
P 1 I’m getting kind of hungry.
P 2 Don’t you have anything to eat?
P 1 I might be able to scrounge up
. some junk food.
(PEOPLE 3, 4 and 5 enter from stage left carrying in
baskets of fruit.)
P 2 Ha! Look at them.
P 1 Looks like they’ve been working very hard.
P 2 Slaving away. So sad.
P 1 Hey, wha-cha got there?
P 3 Lots of fruit.
P 1 You have a job as a fruit picker?
P 3 No, these are fruit from my tree.
P 2 (to P1) I bet it’s all fake.
P 3 No, very real. Very tasty.
P 1 Really? Can I try one? 2
. I’m kind of hungry.
P 3 Sure.
(PERSON 3 takes a fruit and hands it to P 1,
who takes a bite, or pretends to take a bite.)
P 1 Mm, this is really good.
P 4 Don’t you all have a fruit tree?
P 2 Yeah, we both have a fruit tree.
. But it isn’t fruit season yet, is it?
P 5 Actually it is. We all have tons of fruit
. already, and the season has just started.
P 1 (to P2) Well, why don’t WE have any fruit yet?
P 2 (shrugs, thinking)
. Maybe MY fruit is starting to grow.
. I haven’t checked lately.
. Hang on while I go look.
(PEOPLE 3, 4 and 5 put down their baskets while
PERSON 2 runs off stage right.)
P 3 Well, where did you plant your trees?
P 1 Oh, just up the hill. My parents planted
. their trees there, and my grandparents,
. and their parents...
P 3 Did they ever get fruit
. when they planted there?
P 1 Come to think of it, they ever did.
(PERSON 2 rushes back in holding out a dried twig.)
P 2 I think I got some fruit!
P 5 Ah, that’s a dried up twig.
P 2 Oh.
P 3 And where did you plant your tree? 3
P 2 I planted mine in that rock-garden-thing
. out in the wilderness.
P 4 Why there?
P 2 (shrugs) Why not? I felt like it.
. I was there – at the time.
. And someone said, “Hey, why don’t you plant
. your tree here just for the fun of it.”
. (shrugs again) I don’t know all that much
. about planting fruit trees.
P 5 Apparently.
P 2 Why? Where did you all plant yours?
P 3 All at the same spot?
P 2 Why did you all go to the same place?
P 3 Well, I had heard about this
. expert orchard gardener,
. so I went to him and asked for advice.
. He offered to plant a tree for me.
. Then I told all my friends about this gardener.
P 2 You didn’t have to do anything?
P 3 Other than ask him to do that for me, no.
. He planted it, and now he maintains it for me.
P 1 And it’s your tree?
P 2 Well, how can you be so sure
. that he knows what he’s doing?
P 3 You can see the evidence.
. He grows and maintains
. a very large and fruitful orchard.
P 4 And he explains the entire process:
. exactly how he plants it in really good soil,
. just the right way,
. beside a continuous water source-
P 5 And explains how he then nurtures it 4
. to grow.
P 3 And how he tends and prunes it,
. taking out the useless branches
. that would rub against the good branches.
. And by taking out the useless branches,
. the water and soil nutrients can reach
. the good branches so you get tons of fruit.
P 1 Eh, sounds too easy.
P 4 And you see that as a problem?
P 1 Yes? I mean, I tend my own tree,
. and do just fine.
P 4 Do you have any fruit?
P 2 (to P1) I don’t know,
. that sounds like a pretty good deal.
. And you just got to enjoy a fruit from their crop.
. Did it taste good?
P 1 It did, but-
P 2 But?
P 3 (to P2) Would you like a taste?
P 2 I would like to see this gardener.
P 4 Sure, come with us.
P 5 (to P1) Sure you don’t want to join us?
P 1 I’ll think about it.
(PEOPLE 2 to 5 exit stage left. PERSON 1 looks around,
tires taking a bite out of their dried twig, thinking,
then suddenly changes mind.)
P 1 Wait up! I’m coming!
(PERSON 1 exits stage left.)