Gods Covenant Series

  • Cast Number: 5
  • Run-time: 7 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Genesis 9:8-17

God's Covenant is shown in 5 individual scripts, 6 - 8 minutes per segment. The overall theme for the series is God's fidelity seen through various covenantal experiences in Scripture, and what that fidelity means to our lives. The dynamics of the sketches are members of a hockey team with the coach/team owner and two players, as well as the goalie from an opposing team, and a player agent, as they (in the midst of silliness) demonstrate the various themes of grace, change, order, rebellion and renewal.

Genesis 9:8-17 Covenant & Grace Foundational sermon God has chosen to shower forgiveness and love on us not because of anything we do but because this is what he chooses.

Genesis 17:1-8, 15-19 Covenant & Change As God makes a covenant with Abram and Sarai, he changes their names. We cannot remain the same once we've experienced God's fidelity, but we are fundamentally changed.

Exodus 20:1-17 Covenant & Order God's fidelity not only brings change but it brings order as well. The commandments are a gift of God to bring order into our lives and they are intended as a gift to those who have experienced God's fidelity.

Numbers 21:4-9 Covenant & Rebellion Oddly enough, we rebel against God's fidelity, the order is too constricting, the love too smothering. There are consequences when we do, but God has provided Jesus as the means to return to membership in the covenant.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Covenant & Renewal God offers us the renewal of his covenantal fidelity in Jesus. Jeremiah says it is a new covenant and it is new in form, but it is not new in content. It is the same fidelity God promised in the rainbow, expressed in a new way.

Costumes: hockey related

Segment 1 Genesis 9:8-17 Covenant & Grace God has chosen to shower forgiveness and love on us not because of anything we do but because this is what he chooses.

Coach and Slapshot come on stage, meant to be the dressing room

Slapshot: Whew! Some game last night Coach! Those guys on the Ice Demons team are a tough bunch, hard checking, fast skating!

Coach: Yes they are, Slapshot, it was a good game, a close game, but our guys were deserving of the win.

Slapshot: We were so. It's like I always say Coach, when you lace up the skates, pull the Angels hockey team sweater over your head, you just figure on doing your best.

Coach: As coach of this hockey team I do appreciate that everyone puts out an honest effort.

Slapshot: For sure that’s true. Of course some of us maybe pull just a little more weight than some others, but hey, that’s just the way it is.

Coach: Well, some hockey players are more gifted than others, but as you say, that’s just the way it is. And everyone is on the team for a purpose.

Slapshot: By the way Coach, that was real decent of you, that bonus check is sure gonna be welcome.

Coach: Was glad to do it Slapshot. There was a bit of jingle in the pot after paying bills at the end of the month, I wanted to share with the players.

Slapshot: Real decent like I say. Playing here in the minor leagues isn’t like the NHL with their gazillion dollar salaries, extra dollars are welcome.

Coach: Well, glad to see it's appreciated.

Slapshot: Coach, like maybe this isn’t my place to say this but maybe you are a bit too good to some of the benchwarmers.

Coach: Benchwarmers?

Slapshot: Yeh, like the fourth line guys, rookies, the over-the-hill guys.

Coach: What do you suggest Slapshot?

Slapshot: Well, for instance the bonus you handed out, everyone got that, right.

Coach: Yes they did Slapshot.

Slapshot: See, like that’s just it. Maybe some of the players down lower on the totem pole, maybe they didn’t deserve it, at least maybe only get half of what us core guys got.

Coach: Core guys?

Slapshot: You know, those of us who are the nucleus of this winning team, the heart and soul, so to speak.

Coach: Heart and soul?

Slapshot: Yeh, the muckers, the grinders, the scorers, you know, the guys that get it done for the team, day in, day out.

Coach: The guys that get it done?

Slapshot: You know the ones you can count on. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I know that you are the boss, but . . .

Coach: Yes, Slapshot I am the boss. But tell me, which players do you think should be excluded from the bonus?

Slapshot: Hey listen, you are the big guy, the boss, it's your call, no one will ever say peep about your call on things.

Coach: But you feel it necessary to say something about it.

Slapshot: Hey look, I am just suggesting, looking out for your interest, me bein’ one of the veterans on the team and all.

Coach: Veteran. Now you are saying a team veteran, not over the hill, right.

Slapshot: Exactly. There’s a lot of years left in us vets, for sure.

Coach: I sure hope so Slapshot. But tell me, who do you figure are some of the over-the-hill guys on the team.

Slapshot: Well, let’s face it, Benson is way past his glory years in hockey.

Coach: I am sure Clancy Benson would agree he has lost a step over the years. What about the fourth line guys, which do you suggest not get the bonus?

Slapshot: Coach, listen, it's not my place to say, but one that comes to mind is young Ridley, I mean he pretty much just rides the pines at all the games.

Coach: Yes, I realize Kurt Ridley doesn’t get much playing time, I see that as a necessary part of his development, watching, learning, being with the veterans on the team.

Slapshot: Exactly Coach, I am with you all the way on that, and guys like me, we help guys like Ridley a bunch. But what I am sayin’ no need to pay Ridley a bonus, if the money’s burnin’ a hole in your jeans just give Ridley’s share to the key guys.

Coach: Key guys?

Slapshot: Yeh, key guys like me.

Coach: Guess if we go with your idea we will have to develop a plan for separating the key guys from the rest huh? Like guys who score the goals, get the assists, log the most ice time, that sorta thing. I just happen to have those stats here, you might be interested in seeing them. (takes papers out of his pocket, leafs through, reads) Let’s see, where’s Slapshot Sullivan in here? Goals scored . . . 2 . . . . Assists . . . 1 . . . Looks like that would put you in the bottom 3 on the team. Wow, behind both Clancy Benson and Kurt Ridley, matter of fact.

Slapshot: Hey, wait a bit there! It ain’t just stats! A hockey team needs character guys to be successful!

Coach, continues to thumb through papers: Hmmmm, I see that you are in the bottom 25% for minutes played too, you do ride the pines a lot.

Slapshot: Hey, listen . . . .

Coach: No, you listen! I decided to provide a bonus, and I did it because that’s what I chose to do, no other reason. It's not because of what you players have done, not what you deserve, not what you earned. I did it because I happen to love this hockey team, and I care about my players. Now I have just one question, and that is . . . do you have any questions?

Slapshot, embarrassed: None.

Coach: Why am I not surprised. Let's go practice.

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