Four friends talk at the coffee hour at church. The short skit is merely a lead-in to a sermon or devotion written by you! This is just a tickler to get others thinking. The full presentation of the message comes in your sermon or devotion.
Estelle: We had a neat thing happen last Sunday afternoon. We went to an eightieth birthday party for my bossís father, Cliff.
Leon: I like to hear about people who have great parties on their birthday. You did say it was a great party didnít you?
Estelle: Well, I said it was a great experience for us, but youíre right, it was a great party.
Vaughn: I hope it was a surprise party. I love surprises.
Estelle: It was a surprise alright. A big surprise!
Julie: I suppose everyone had a great time keeping it a secret and not letting Cliff suspect anything was up.
Estelle: Oh, no. Actually Cliff, the birthday boy, threw the party himself.
Vaughn: Thatís not a surprise party.
Estelle: Well, the surprise was that all his children and every one of his brothers and sisters came to the party.
Julie: And that was the big surprise?
Estelle: Oh, yeah. You see Cliff hasnít spoken to any of his brothers and sisters since their father died and left the farm to an older brother. And he hasnít kept in touch with any of his children since he left his wife twenty years ago.
Leon: Iím surprised they came.
Vaughn: Oh, a surprise party.
Estelle: Well, the family has always stayed close, except for Cliff, and they decided it was time for Cliff to realize that he was still loved by them, and by God. He left the church, of course, when he left everything else.
Julie: And how did Cliff handle the big surprise?
Estelle: He broke into tears. He had been afraid to even try to get back into the fold. He knew how selfish and self-centered he had been, and he was sure no one would forgive him.
Vaughn: I know the feeling. Iím ashamed to come to church some Sundays. I feel pretty hypocritical, acting like Iím the big Christian when I know how I have spent my week
Leon: Never let that keep you away, Vaughn. The surprise of Godís love is that He is always waiting for us to turn back to him.
The story has a great message...sinners belong in church (the fold). I think it is well done, but I had trouble following who Cliff was...the second and third time I read it, it was easier, but if this is going to be performed the audience only has one chance. Perhaps the Cliff threw the party himself was the problem, I didn't get that the rest of the family wasn't invited they just showed up...great idea, but a little more explanation might have helped.
Use specifics "the other day" could be Wednesday Night, etc...supposed to be better attention getter.
I liked the story...thanks for sharing your ideas.