Host: Welcome to our service. Today we are looking at a very exciting passage of scripture in which the disciples are told to go to an upper room andÖ. wait. And thatís about all that happens.
I would rather be talking about Ascension or Pentecost, but I suppose we all have to start somewhere.
So, to fill time, I have invited a special guest. The renowned theologian and champion of the reformationÖ. John Calvin!
Enter Caterpillar, snacking on a bowl of lettuce.
Host: Who are you?
Calvin: My name is Calvin T Caterpillar. I am six weeks old. My favourite food is lettuce. I eat lots of lettuce.
Host: And what does the T stand for?
Host: Excuse me. I was hoping the agency would send someone to expound on a dull passage in a life changing way, not a lettuce eating demonstration.
Calvin: I admit Iím tired of eating lettuce. But, (sniff) today is an exciting day for me, I have been building up to this all my life. Iím about to go into my chrysalis.
Host: What is so special about that?
Calvin: It means I am about to change.
Host: How do you know that you are going to change?
Calvin: It is predestined.
Host: Fascinating. Do you mind if we watch?
Calvin: Sure, but I have never done this before. My mummy has given me some instructions to follow.
Gets out piece of paper and reads.
1: Build Chrysalis
2: Get inside
Host: Would you like some help?
Build chrysalis. There is an opportunity for audience participation at this point.
Calvin: Now I am just going into my chrysalis to relax for a while.
Calvin enters chrysalis.
Host: Donít be too long.
Calvin: Donít worry, I have my alarm clock.
Host: Weíll come back in while to see how you are getting on. In the mean time it is back to our usual service.
Host: Letís see if anything has happened. There doesnít seem to be much going on.
Hi Calvin, how are you doing in there? Has there been much change?
Calvin: Iím fine, but itís dark in here and I canít see what is happening. Do I look any different from out there?
Host: No, Iím afraid not. Please hurry up. People want to see action, adventure or gain a deep spiritual insight if nothing else.
Calvin: The situation is fairly fluid at the moment. Some things just take time Iím afraid.
Host: Perhaps we could open up your Chrysalis and take a peek.
Calvin: That isnít a good idea. I might leak all over the floor. Things could get really messy.
Host: The tension is killing me, if not my ratings. I canít wait to see how you turn out. I want an instant makeover.
Calvin: Try to look on the positive side. Building my chrysalis was a major life event for me; a bit like going to school for the first time. It does you good to chill out and relaxÖ. Man.
Why donít you look at the bible passage to pass the time? What does that say?
Host: Nothing much. All the exciting stuff happened at the end of the first book. The disciples are just told to go and wait.
Calvin: Did the disciples needed some time to think about what happened? Could have got really messy if they tried to go it alone?
Host: I suppose God could have done things straight away if He wanted to. Perhaps it was better for the disciples to wait and prepare for the big change that was to come later. Change can happen to us without our realising it.
Calvin: Wow. I didnít realise that Christians could change on the inside too.
Host: Nor did I.
Calvin, we are going to take a break. See you later.
Host: Finally we could see something happen. (Chant) Come on Calvin.
Calvin: batters his way out of the Chrysalis
Iím glad to get out of there. I can stretch at last.
Slowly unfurls his wings.
Calvin: Hey! I look good. Look at my fabulous wings. They are real babe magnets. Now Iím grown up, Iím off to the Flower Bar of a bit of the old amber nectar.
Host: Thank you for sharing your transformation with us Calvin The Caterpillar.
Calvin: Youíre welcome, except Iím not Calvin the caterpillar any more. Iím now Calvin Klein, stylish butterfly.
The preacherís passage is Acts Chapter 1: 1-5
This play may be inserted to a service with hymns etc taking place between each act to give a sense of passing time.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:
Ensure that the chrysalis is well ventilated as the actor could be spending a considerable length of time in a confined space.
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