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Something for Tommy
by Dale Davis
03/10/05
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Characters: All Teens
Tommy: sports fan and athletic, new to youth group, not yet a believer.
Kyle: mature, youth group leader brings message of salvation.
Allison: graceful, stable, sincere & loving, brings bible as gift.
Tracy: a bubbly, airhead, somewhat obnoxious, comic relief, brings Easter basket and large purse with Christian paraphernalia. She has an obvious crush on Tommy.

Scene/Setting
Easter Sunday in Tommy’s living room.

Plot
Tommy is home on the sofa with bandage on his head. He recently had an “accident” at a youth outing. His new youth group friends stop by for a visit after church on Easter and end up leading him to the Lord.

Message
Salvation

Props
New Bible, Easter Basket w/ colored eggs, one not boiled, a sofa and chair/loveseat (sanctuary chairs covered with couch covers), end table and a lamp, remote control, cell phone, bandages, large purse for Tracy to hold Christian Bumper sticker, package of pens, erasers, highlighters, large flashlight, XL t-shirt that reads: “GOD LOVES ME…” on the front, “AND SO DOES TRACY” on the back.


TOMMY IS SITTING ON THE SOFA WITH REMOTE CONTROL IN HAND AS IF HE IS CHANNEL SURFING. HIS HEAD IS WRAPPED IN BANDAGES.

Tommy: OUT LOUD, TALKING TO HIMSELF. I’m so bored. March Madness is over and the only sport I can find on TV is figure skating. How did figure skating ever become a sport?

ENTER STAGE RIGHT: KYLE, ALLISON AND TRACY

Kyle: Hi, Tommy. Your mom let us in.

Tommy: WITH EXCITEMENT. Hey, Kyle. Hi, Allison.

Tracy: WITH A “TWINKLE” IN HER EYE AND OVERLY AFFECTIONATE. H-I-I-I-I-I, Tommy.

Tommy: ALMOST MOANING. Hello, Tracy.

Tracy: STILL VERY AFFECTIONATE. I missed you in church this morning.

Allison: Tracy, you’re drooling again.

Kyle: Looks like your mom is cooking up quite an Easter dinner for you.

Allison: Yeah, that ham smells really good.

Tracy: I made this Easter basket for you, Tommy.

Tommy: Thanks.

Tracy: There’s a get-well card in there too.

Tommy: Okay.

Tracy: It’s under the jellybeans.

Tommy: GETTING IRRITATED. Thank you, I’ll look at it later.

Allison: We just wanted to stop by to see how you were doing. SLOWLY You know…after the accident during youth group last week.

Tracy: Yeah, Tommy, I sure am sorry that the basketball hoop fell on your head.

Allison: It’s only the third time that’s happened all year.

Kyle: The pastor promised to get it fixed this time.

Tommy: You wanna see the wound? I don’t think it’s too bad.

All: Sure, Yeah, Okay.

THEY GATHER IN FRONT OF HIM, BACKS TO AUDIENCE AS TOMMY REVEALS HIS WOUND. THEY TURN AROUND TO FACE AUDIENCE…THEY ALL GROSS OUT AFTER THEY PEEK UNDER HIS BANDAGES…

Tracy: LYING Oh, no, it doesn’t look bad.

ALL LOOK TO AUDIENCE WITH SHOCK AND DISGUST ON THEIR FACES.

Kyle: Your mom’s not thinking about suing the church is she, Tommy?

Tommy: Oh, no, she wouldn’t do that. She knows it was just an accident. That basketball hoop could have fallen on anyone.

Kyle: Excuse me; I have to make a phone call. MOVES STAGE LEFT FRONT. DIALS CELL PHONE. Hi, Pastor. It’s me, Kyle Anderson. It looks REAL bad! I asked him and he said no lawsuit. (A SCREAM OF JOY FROM THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE). Ok, I will. Goodbye. RETURNS TO SEAT.

Allison: The other kids in youth group were asking about you this morning.

Tommy: What was the service about?

Tracy: The usual Easter sermon. I’ve heard it a hundred times before.

Allison: You’re only 15.

Tracy: Ok, so I heard it 15 times before.

Kyle: Tommy, the pastor said he wants you to know that he’s praying for you.

Tracy: Try one of my Easter eggs, Tommy. They all have your name on them.

Tommy: If you insist. Cracks open a raw egg. With loud sarcasm. Nice!

Tracy: I just knew I forgot to do something this morning. Thanks, Tommy. I’ll go put these in hot water. TAKES BASKET AND EXITS STAGE RIGHT

Allison: I brought this Bible for you, Tommy.

Tommy: My own Bible, huh? Thanks.

Allison: No problem.

Tommy: But, where do I start? At the beginning?

Kyle: Actually, a good place to start is John 3:16.

Tommy: John 3:16? I was at a Texans game and saw somebody holding up a sign that read John 3:16. He was a crazy looking dude wearing a rainbow wig.

Allison: Oh, that’s Tracy’s uncle. He’s a big fan of football and a big fan of Jesus. So, he takes that sign to all the games. But, that’s no wig. That’s his real hair!

Tommy: Well, it makes perfect sense that he’s related to Tracy.

Kyle: We all call him Uncle Rainbow Head. He’s actually a pretty cool guy.

Allison: Tommy, why don’t you open up to John 3:16 and read it for yourself?

Tommy: Right now?

Kyle: Sure, why not? I’ll show you where it’s at.

Tommy: READING FROM THE BIBLE: John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Allison: Read the next verse. I think it’s pretty good too.

Tommy: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him. TO KYLE… That would include me, right?

Kyle: Right! And Jesus also said that he is the only way, the only truth and the only life.

Allison: No one can come to the Father without going through Jesus. He is the only way!

TRACY RETURNS FROM THE KITCHEN TO JOIN THE OTHERS.

Tommy: I don’t think I understand.

Kyle: Well, Jesus was perfect in every way. He never sinned!

Tommy: Never?

Allison: Never!

Kyle: So, God, allowed Jesus, the perfect human being to be sacrificed for all our sins. He received the punishment that we deserved. Jesus died on the cross in our place. But, I have good news, Tommy!

Tracy: You just saved hundreds of dollars on your car insurance by switching to Geico?

Allison: Some of us are still waiting for God to make the simple, wise.

Kyle: The Good News is that Jesus rose from the dead three days later. That’s why we celebrate Easter.

Tommy: I still don’t see why Jesus had to die.

Tracy: God had to make a choice. It was either his son or us!

Kyle and Allison: WHAT?

Tracy: Uncle Rainbow Head once told us a story about a father, his son and a train.

Tommy: A train?

Allison: Yeah, the story about the train and the drawbridge.

Kyle: Oh, yeah, I remember now. Tommy, it’s like this: There was a man who had a job of raising and lowering a drawbridge so passenger trains could safely cross a deep canyon. This man had one child. A son that he loved very much. One day this child wandered over to the bridge without his father noticing. When the father heard a train whistle, he reached for the controls to lower the bridge. That’s when he looked out the window and noticed his son had crawled into the big, heavy gears of the bridge. If he lowered the bridge his son would be crushed! He only had seconds to decide what to do. Hundreds of people would die if he didn’t lower the bridge – all sons and daughters loved by someone. He took a deep breath. His heart was screaming with pain and he grabbed the controls to lower the bridge. The father stood there and screamed out in anguish, pounding both fists on the window as the train passed safely over the bridge. The passengers saw him and thought he was waving so with smiles on their faces they just waved back at him. They never realized the price the father had just paid for them.

(ALL PAUSE FOR A MOMENT OF DEEP THOUGHT)

Tommy: Kyle, I think I’m ready to pray now. But, I’m not sure what to say.

Kyle: Praying is just talking to God. All you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sins and invite him into your heart.

Allison: (WITH PASSION) Paul said in Romans that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For, it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it’s by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Kyle: We’ll pray along with you, silently. (ALL BOW THEIR HEADS FOR PRAYER).

Tommy: Jesus, I understand why you died for me. I really do believe you love me. Forgive me for my sins. I ask that you would come into my heart. Takes a deep breath and pauses. Thank you, Jesus.

Kyle: Amen!

Tommy: Wow! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

Allison: Welcome to the kingdom, Tommy.

Tommy: Now what do I do?

Tracy: I’ll take this one! PICKS UP THE BIG PURSE/BAG. I came prepared just in case this would happen today. I brought some things to help get you started on your walk with the Lord.

Tommy: (WITH SARCASM) Great!

Tracy: Allison gave you a Bible already. So, I brought you some accessories. FROM THE BAG SHE PULLS OUT THE FOLLOWING PROPS WHILE SPEAKING AND HANDS EACH ONE TO TOMMY. First, you’ll need some highlighters to mark your favorite scriptures. Eventually your Bible will look like my Uncle’s hair. Here are some pens for taking notes. This way you won’t have to steal the pens from the back of the chairs in the sanctuary. Some erasers, incase you don’t hear God right the first time. That happens to me all the time. Here’s a flashlight for nighttime reading. And, no Christian life is complete without a bumper sticker.

Tommy: READING THE BUMPER STICKER. “I Pray, Get Used To It”?

Tracy: Well, you do pray don’t you?

Tommy: Yeah, sure. But, I won’t be driving for at least another year.

Tracy: No problem. PEELS THE STICKER AND PLACES IT OVER THE BANDAGES ACROSS HIS FOREHEAD. For now, we’ll just stick it right here. Oh, and one more thing. HOLDS T-SHIRT UP WITH FRONT FACING AUDIENCE. I got you a t-shirt.

Tommy: READING FROM THE SHIRT. God loves me.

Tracy: TURNING T-SHIRT AROUND. And so does Tracy.

Kyle: Some of these things might be helpful but, Jesus is really more interested in your heart - not so much what you have on the outside.

Allison: A good way to get to know Jesus is by reading the Gospel of John.

Kyle: That’s a great place to start!

Tommy: What about my friends?

Kyle: Tommy…we are your friends.

Allison: Even better, we’re your family!

Tracy: That’s right, Tommy, you and I are like brother and sister now.

Tommy: Oh, my head!

END


Copyright ã 2004 by Dale L. Davis


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Kenny Paul Clarkson 11 Mar 2005
Wonderful wrting, Dale. By the way, your name is well known here in Indiana, thanks to the recent return of Dale Davis to the Pacer's line-up.
Susan Coltrane-Dunn 10 Mar 2005
This was great. I look forward to reading more of your work....God Bless




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