Christmas Eve Dramatic Reading

We used this last year (2015) to begin the Christmas Eve services in the Lutheran churches in Lunenburg and First South, Nova Scotia. It is for three voices (mix male and female voices).

Feel free to use, but please do let me know if you do. Thanks!

 

A Christmas Eve dramatic reading

1 – Dark.

2 – Darkness.

3 – Hopelessness.

1 – Night.

2 – Black.

3 – Questions.

1 – Many question.

2 – TOO many questions.

3 – Hurled at the dark.

1 – Why?

2 – Why Syria?

3 – Why hunger?

1 – Why war?

2 – Why refugees?

3 – Why unemployment?

1 – Why addiction?

2 – Why destructive families?

3 – Why isn’t anyone DOING anything?

1 – Why aren’t WE?

2 – And even when we DO,

3 – It seems so insignificant.

1 – So small.

2 – So why bother?

3 – What’s the point?

1 – Why?

2 – Why?

3 – Why?

All – WHY?

1 – Hurled at the dark.

2 – Thrown into the silence.

3 – Into the silence.

1 – Thrown into the night.

2 – Into the silent night.

All – Into the silent, holy, night.

Pause

3 – A song of hope.

1 – A song of hope?

2 – Yes.

3 – A song of hope.

1 – Sung at the darkness.

2 – Hurled into the night.

3 – Thrown at the hopelessness.

1 – Because it is here.

2 – Right here.

3 – Among US.

1 – That God comes.

2 – Into the dark.

3 – Into OUR dark.

1 – Into the night.

2 – Into OUR night.

3 – Into the bleakness of our lives,

1 – With a word of hope,

2 – A word of acceptance,

3 – A word of presence.

1 – Presence with us.

2 – Presence with the refugee.

3 – Presence with the addicted.

1 – And the unemployed,

2 – And the hopeless,

3 – And all who dwell in darkness.

1 – A light shines in the darkness.

2 – Shines in the night.

3 – Shines in us,

1 – And for us,

2 – And for all.

3 – For all.

All – For ALL.

1 – A song of hope.

2 – Sung in the darkness.

3 – Sung for the world.

1 – And in a manger, a baby cries.

2 – And hope is born again.

3 – For all.

1 – For all.

2 – For all.

All – For ALL.

3 – Amen.

Prayers of the People for Advent 2, 2016

We are invited to bring our world and our lives to God in prayer, believing that we will not only be heard, but strengthened for ministry.  Trusting this promise, let us pray.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you call us to repentance.  Show us where we need to change direction, and give us the courage to do it.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to the wilderness.  Help us trust your presence, no matter what dangers we face.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to confession.  Strengthen our faith to trust your love and acceptance, no matter what we have done, no matter what we haven’t done.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to our true identity.  Enable us to let go of all that inhibits your Spirit flowing though our lives.  Make us even more your people.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to embrace.  May we be open to the poor, the forgotten, the untrusted, the different, the sick, including [NAMES AND] those we name before you
[Long pause]
Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to change direction.  Help us be open to the new, no matter where it takes us.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Advent 1, 2016

We are invited to bring our world and our lives to God in prayer, trusting that we will not only be heard, but strengthened for ministry.  Trusting this promise, let us pray.

[Short pause]

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call the world into your presence.  May we be open to respond.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, your love extends to all people.  May we not only break down the walls of hatred and suspicion, may we refuse to build them.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you have created us to live in diversity, to live with difference.  May we be open to the gifts that others bring.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call your church to live in the light of your promise now.  May we respond today.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you have called us to serve our neighbours.  We give thanks for those who have responded to this call by offering to serve in elected office.  May they remember the source of their call, and may we support them as they struggle to be faithful to that call.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you are most profoundly present in the middle of pain and weakness.  May we be your presence with those who are sick, shut-in, depressed or excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call the world into your presence.  May we be open to respond.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Reign of Christ, 2016

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of love, you ARE love.  We give thanks for your gift of love to us.  May we share your gift with those who need it most.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of forgiveness, in Jesus you reconcile us to yourself, as well as to each other.  May we live this gift in our lives together.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of peace, you come to a world filled with crosses, filled with hate, filled with violence.  Help us to accept the cost of being peacemakers in this fear-filled world.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of creation, you have made us caretakers of this world.  Free us from hoarding your gifts for ourselves.  Remind us of the needs of future generations.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the suffering, we admit that we have a hard time trusting your presence in the pain-filled parts of life.  Open our eyes to see your Christ with the suffering ones around us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the sick, you are present when we have lost all ability to care for ourselves.  Bring your wholeness to those who are ill.  We remember especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to bring your healing wherever it is needed.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the church, strengthen the faith your people.  Free us from our fear of the different.  Increase our joy in your presence.  Open us to what you are doing today.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for August 14, 2016, Pentecost 13, Ordinary 20

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with hope, so we may address the very real hopelessness which threatens to overwhelm our society and world.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with faith in your promise, that we may remember who we are in the face of the fear that surrounds us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with love for the stranger, that we may welcome those who are different, who challenge us, who make us uncomfortable.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with determination to follow your path, knowing that nothing will separate us from your love.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with compassion for those who suffer, that we may offer your healing touch to all in need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with faith, that we may engage this messy world, and point to your loving grace.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in Heaven….

Prayers of the People for August 6, 2016 (Pentecost 13)

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

Generous God, we do not need to be afraid.  Enable us to trust your promise.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, you share with us everything you have created, and ask us to do the same.  Enable us to trust your provision.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, the way we treat others, the way we value things, proclaims where our faith truly lies.  Enable us to trust you with everything.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, you come to us, in love, every minute of every day.  Enable us to see you, to welcome you, to share you.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, you are working to free your church from everything that keeps us from being your authentic people.  Enable us to let go of whatever is holding us back.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, we are already in touch with hurting people: the lonely, the excluded, the hopeless, the sick.  Enable us to touch those who need a concrete reminder of your love, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, we do not need to be afraid.  Enable us to trust your promise.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, generous God, in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 9, July 17, 2016

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of Mary and Martha, you welcome all, and invite us to do the same.  Free us from laying expectations on how others should respond.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, there are many ways of serving.  Free us from trying to control others.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you give a universe of gifts to all people.  Enable us to be open to the gifts of others, even if they are not what we expect.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you call us to engage with the people around us.  Set us free from our fear of difference.  Set us free to learn something new.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, as part of our service, you ask us to extend healing hands to all who are ill, who are cut off, who are excluded.  We offer our prayers for all who are in need, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you liberate us by your grace, setting us free to serve.  Open us to the possibilities which surround us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in Heaven….