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:/p>
Cast: 8, male or female, adult age
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
Props: 2 phones
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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