Good News Great Joy

  • Cast Number: 1
  • Run-time: 20 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Luke 2:10-11

The “good news of great joy” from a senior’s perspective.
When we, as seniors, tell about Christmases gone by are we focusing on the old but ever-new good news of great joy or are we reflecting on the tough times, the struggles. If it is the latter we may be planting a seed that the good news wasn’t, (in our thinking), that great after all.
Actor portrays characters from several eras: birth of Jesus, 1800’s, 1930’s and present time.

Cast: 1 (senior) plus 1 offstage voice

Set, Lighting, Sound, Costumes: standard

Props: scroll (made from paper on a rod), Bibles, laptop or iPad

Sample of script:

Offstage, (read from Luke 2:10-11)
I bring . . . to you . . . good news of great joy that will be for all people.Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you;
He is Christ, the Lord.

actor comes on stage, looks out into audience, waves, acknowledges unseen persons, listens to their questions, speaks to them

Actor: Hey, how are you?
Haven’t seen you for a bit, how’s it goin’?
Bit of a chill in the air, huh?
Winter’s on it’s way . . whether we like it or not, is my guess.
Oh well, winter’s not all bad, you know.
I mean, ‘specially you been around as many winters as I have . . .
And what you gonna do anyhow . . it is what it is, right?

(hears a comment)

What say?
(listens, reacts)
Like you say . . . soon be Christmas, for a fact!
Christmas . . kinda nice, you know. . .
In spite of the cold and snow!
Christmas . . have the grandkids home . .
You will simply not believe how Timmy has grown . .
And Ellen . . knock down gorgeous child that one!
Takes after our side of the family is what . . . not that I am gonna mention that to my daughter-in-law, she doesn’t always appreciate my sense of humour, for a fact!
The wife she’s not doin’ that great, hard for her to travel . .
So, like I say, . . . family is comin’ here . .
For sure we will go to the Christmas Eve service down at the church.
Family tradition for sure . .
Wouldn’t miss that . .
Essence of Christmas. . .
“Good news of great joy!”
Way I understand it, that was the thing in Bethlehem . .
“Good news of great joy!”
Still is . . still good news . . great joy.
(pauses, thinks)
Well, . . . maybe not anymore as much . . good news . . . and, likely not as much . . great joy.
Know what I mean?
I think maybe the young folks today are, . . I dunno . . maybe not so much into . . that kinda good news . . . and for certain, they’re not into the notion the Christmas story is the reason for . . . great joy.
Know what I mean?
I mean, back at the beginning . . Bethlehem . . . it was, for a fact . . .
Good news of great joy!
Know what I mean? . . .

Offstage, (read from Luke 2:10-11)
I bring . . . to you . . . good news of great joy that will be for all people.Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you;
He is Christ, the Lord.

actor turns, walks upstage, picks up a scroll, excited, walks back downstage

Actor: Never in all my years here in this little town of Bethlehem have I heard such news!
Never have I seen this much excitement . . . such . . . well . . such joy!
Joy . . . Matter of fact, . that’s the word Timothy and his friends used!
Timothy, he’s the head shepherd, him and his guys look after the temple sheep in the valley below town here.
This particular night Timothy and his shepherds guys come screamin’ into town, sayin’ they had just like seen a bunch of angels.
(points out into audience, nods in agreement)
Exactly, that’s what me and the guys said too . . . what angels are gonna come talk to a bunch of shepherds!
I mean, . . . no disrespect but . . I mean . . these guys are like . . . shepherds!
And shepherds are . . . well . . just shepherds.
I mean they hang out with . . sheep, . . . know what I mean?
And shepherds . . they don’t care much about neat and tidy issues, if you get my drift.
My guess is that visitin’ a bunch of shepherds isn’t high on angel’s bucket list of things to do, for a fact!
Regardless, Timothy and his guys swore they had been visited by angels . . .
I kinda snickered and sez to the shepherds, “what did these angels say to you guys?”
Right away Timothy shot back at me . .
“Good news of great joy!”
Yep!
“Good news of great joy!”
Me and the guys wasn’t real sure what that meant . .
Fact is, I’m not for sure Timothy and his pals were that sure themselves . . .
But I am here to tell you . . .
Them shepherds had the greatest joy I ever did see . . before or since!
And that joy was some infecting!
Before long most of the whole town was excited, joyful, about this message! . .
(pauses, thinks, speaks slowly reflectively)
Good news of great joy.
(pauses, gets excited)
Good news . . . of great joy!

actor turns, moves upstage, lays down scroll,

Offstage, (read from Luke 2:10-11)
I bring . . . to you . . . good news of great joy that will be for all people.Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you;
He is Christ, the Lord.

actor picks up 1800’s Bible, turns, comes back downstage

Actor: The new world!
Here in (name of state or province)! . . .
In the year eighteen ought nine. . .
Imagine! . . My family and I left our home in Europe a year ago, just after New Years, and we arrived here just six months ago.
Here we are in a new world . . new life . . . new home!
In our new home for Christmas!
God is good!
(holds up a letter)
Just got a letter from our family back home.

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