Prayer Chain Problems

  • Cast Number: 8
  • Run-time: 18 minutes
  • Bible Reference: James 5:16

Someone is seriously ill and calls for prayer support through the church prayer chain. Unfortunately along the way the message gets . . . muffled. What happens is hilarious and . .  a bit silly.
A comedy that pokes fun at ourselves.
 

Bible Reference:         James 5:16

 

Cast:                8, male or female, adult age

James Franklin
Pastor Thomas
Ida Shields
Doris
Clarence Adams
Sarah Williams
Judy Thompson

Offstage voice of Jeannie Franklin

                       

Set:                blank stage with 2 areas which can be somewhat distanced and isolated from each other by lighting. Each area has a phone on a table

 

Lighting:       would be useful is the 2 acting areas can be somewhat isolated with lighting

 

Sound:           SFX of phone ringing
SFX of phone beep

 

Costumes:     standard

 

Props:            2 phones

 

Time:             18

 

Sample of script:           

 

lights up on James, picks up phone, dials, waits

 

SFX:                phone ringing

 

lights up on Pastor

Pastor picks up phone

 

Pastor:             Hello, Pastor Thomas here.

 

James:             Pastor Thomas . . . . Sorry to bother you, it’s James Franklin . . .

 

Pastor:             James, how are you?

 

James:             I am fine Pastor, fine, but it’s my wife Jeannie, she’s not at all well . .

 

Pastor:             Sorry to hear that James, been a lot of colds and flu going around the last week or so and . . .

 

James:             No Pastor, this is more than just a cold, Jeannie is real sick, got chest pains, some numbness . . There’s a lot of heart problems in Jeannie’s family . . . I am worried.

 

Pastor:             As you should be James, but have you called the doctor, the ambulance?

 

James:             Yes Pastor, the ambulance is on its way, doctor is waiting at the hospital . .

 

Pastor:             Good . .  good . . .

 

James:             What I called about Pastor, do you think maybe we could have our church family pray for Jeannie?

 

Pastor:             Say no more James, of course I will call the head of our church prayer chain and get things started. . .  Now you get back to Jeannie, let her know we will all be praying for her. . .  I will call you in the morning and if Jeannie is in the hospital I would like to come around and spend some time with the two of you.

 

James:             That is so very kind of you Pastor . . .

 

Pastor:             Not another word, you look after Jeannie.

 

James hangs up phone, leaves stage, Pastor looks up number, dials, waits,

 

SFX:                phone ringing

 

lights come up on Ida, picks up phone

 

Ida:                  Ida Shields speaking . . .

 

Pastor:             Good evening Mrs. Shields, Pastor Thomas here.

 

Ida:                  Oh Pastor, what a coincidence, I was just remembering you and your good wife in my prayers tonight and I . . .

 

Pastor:             That is very nice of you Mrs. Shields but I wanted to . .

 

Ida:                  Not another word Pastor, why you must remember when you first came to Elm Street Community Church I told you that you would be in my daily prayers and never once have I neglected that.

 

Pastor:             I am grateful for that Mrs. Shields but what I . .

 

Ida:                  Not one time, even though I must say that my duties as the head of the Women’s Missionary Support and also head of the church prayer chain keeps me more than just a bit busy and . .

 

Pastor:             Well Mrs. Shields . .  .

 

Ida:                  Plus with my . .  .

 

Pastor:             Mrs. Shields . . .Mrs. Shields . . .

 

Ida:                  And . . .

 

Pastor:             Listen, Mrs. Shields, I have a prayer request and . . .

 

Ida:                  Done, done, done! . .  Like I said, I pray for you and Mrs. Thomas and the little ones every single day and . .

 

Pastor:             You are not listening Mrs. Shields! . .  Listen please! . . . The prayer request is for Jeannie Franklin. . .  James Franklin called, Jeannie is on her way to the hospital, she is . .

 

Ids, thinks:       Jeannie Franklin . .  let me see . .  Jeannie is the new one in old Widow Edwards’ house I believe.

 

Pastor:             The Franklins have lived there and been part of our church for 3 years.

 

Ida:                  I thought so, I can’t say I know Jeannie . .  she never comes to Women’s Missionary functions . . mind you few of the young ones do.

 

Pastor:             Mrs. Shield, it is essential that we mobilize the Prayer Chain and raise up prayers for Jeannie.

 

Ida:                  Of course Pastor, I will get on it immediately. Now tell me the details . .

 

Pastor:             Jeannie is having chest pains, her family is prone to heart problems. And Jeannie is on her way to the hospital now, the doctors will meet her there.

 

Ida:                  Oh my, that is serious! . . I will call the first person on the prayer chain, not a minute to waste. . .  Thank you for letting me know Pastor.

 

lights down on Pastor, Ida puts on glasses, picks up a a paper, dials, waits,

 

SFX:                phone ringing

 

lights up on Doris, answers phone

 

Doris:              Doris speaking.

 

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