. all rights belong to Tanis Harms –
. refer to www.church-skits.com
READING OF THE WILL – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: eternal inheritance and rewards
SCRIPTURE: Matt.19:29, 25:34; 1 Cor.3:10-15;
. Eph.1:11-14; Col.3:24; 1 Pet.1:3-5
Style: allegory/conversation: a father reads
. the will of inheritance to his children,
. differentiating between them and
. someone who refused to be adopted.
Cast: FATHER, PERSON 1-5 (change the names to
. be gender and internationally appropriate)
Set & Props: folder with papers
(FATHER enters followed by PERSONS 1-4. FATHER leads
the way across the stage, then stops to face PERSONS 1-4.
PERSON 5 enters but stops before center stage to watch
the group and sulk, as if PERSON 5 is unable to get
F I have determined that it is time to read my will,
. and for you to receive your inheritance.
. It gives me great joy to have you all here with me.
. (to P1) Abiel!
(PERSON 1 steps forward slightly.)
F You became my son at a young age, but eventually
. you decided to do things your own way, very often
. getting yourself into serious trouble.
. Even though I remained your faithful father
. with outstretched hands, you avoided coming to me
. for guidance, and you were not interested
. in maintaining a close relationship with me.
. But your running away is over, and you are here
. with me now to live in my estate.
(PERSON 1 steps into FATHER’S open arms and they
hug genuinely. PERSON 1 now has a peaceful smile
on his face as he steps back. PERSON 2 steps
forward slightly with a big smile of joy.)
F Samaira, you became my daughter at a much later age
. in life, but you worked for me with such love
. and enthusiasm, even going where many people
. feared to go. Not only is there a place for you
. in my estate, but you have earned rewards.
(PERSON 2 hugs FATHER joyfully, then steps back.
PERSON 3 steps forward with timid joy.)
F Lena, you became my daughter when you were
. a young adult. You tried to stay in touch with me
. whenever it fit into your busy schedule,
. but only came to family gatherings maybe once
. or twice a year. Although you were very busy,
. you still seemed to drift in life, never really
. finding the true richness and contentment
. that I could have provided for you. But you
. are here, and this gives me great joy.
(PERSON 3 hugs FATHER with an appreciative smile,
then steps back. PERSON 4 steps forward.)
F José, you became my son when you were a teenager.
. You resisted temptation to join the gangs
. and stood up to them, even telling them about
. your new hope in life. You eagerly worked for me
. and kept in close contact with me every day,
. always seeking out my advice and guidance.
. And with joy, you served your brothers and sisters
. helping to organize the family gatherings,
. and in love reached out to anyone in need.
. Well done, my son. Besides your home in
. my estate, you have earned many rewards.
(PERSON 4 hugs FATHER, then steps back with the others.
As PERSONS 1-4 exit, all with the fond kind of love
family members could have for each other, FATHER
looks back at PERSON 5 who uses big hand expressions.)
P 5 What about me?
F What about you?
P 5 I should be able to live in your estate.
. I’ve lived a good life. I’ve been good enough.
F You didn’t want me to adopt you.
P 5 Come on, just look at the children you have.
. Some of them were down-right hypocrites.
. Who wants to be part of that? I’m way better
. than a lot of your children.
F Even though my children disobeyed, and needed
. disciplining at times, they made me their father.
P 5 A lot of them didn’t deserve that at all.
F And those are the ones who realized MOST of all
. that they needed my love and guidance.
. Even though I love you, and have done nice things
. for you, you didn’t WANT me to be your father.
P 5 I don’t need you as my father.
F To live in my estate, you NEED to be my child.
. I wanted to adopt you, but you rejected my offer.
P 5 Riiight. But I want to live in your perfect
. estate now!
F You have to be my child to get an inheritance.
P 5 You could make an exception. Remember, you would
. give nice things to your children, and then once
. in a while, you’d give me something really nice.
F But you do not love me, or even appreciate the fact
. that I did some nice things for you. You want
. nothing to do with me.
P 5 I love your estate. Come on, you’re a nice guy,
. you’re very generous.
F I am. That’s why I offered to adopt you.
P 5 (angrily) I hate you! Can’t you hear me?
. I want to live in your estate!
F I live in my estate, so I will always be there.
. Again, you wanted nothing to do with me.
. And so, that is your choice. You will now
. have nothing from me... which includes every
. good thing that I provide. The time has come
. and you made your decision.
(FATHER exits to join FAMILY. PERSON 5 exits in
other direction, stunned and angry.)