A selection of reflections, poetry and monologues (mostly from the perspective of characters who feature in the story), written for and suitable for use in services in schools and in all-age settings in church.
Peruse below, or click to find monologues from the perspective of Mary, Peter, the Thief on the Cross, Centurion as well as service outlines for Good Friday’s Last Hour at the cross.
Based on Luke 18:35-43 and Mark 10:46-52 Hi, my name is Bartimaeus, but everyone calls me Blind Barty. Oh, I can see perfectly, in fact – I have 20-20 vision, eyes like a hawk. I’ve been able to see for years. But that hasn’t always been the case, hence the nickname, and names stick don’t they? Anyway, I … Continue reading Blind Barty
Today we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, when he came from the East and was welcomed as King by the people. It was Jesus’ triumphal entry. Another man entered the city that day and had his own triumphal entry. He was Pontius Pilate, and he represented a completely different kingdom. He came from the West. Let’s … Continue reading Two Kingdoms (Palm Sunday)
My husband Malachi died twenty years ago. So long ago now that I can barely recall his face. When he was alive, we were ok. We were never rich, but we got by – he was a stonemason by trade and the rebuilding of the temple, begun under old King Herod, meant that he was never out of … Continue reading Miriam: The Widow at the Temple (based on Luke 20:27-21:4)
All eyes on a garden – a kneeling manCries out to his father, “Take this cup if you can.”A gasp heard in heaven – angels can’t bearWatch the scene of a broken man crying down there. The fate of the world is now left unsure,The plan for salvation could stutter and fall.It hangs on a … Continue reading The Passion Ballad
A headline in the paper read,“Religious nut and freak is dead.”The spokesman for the Pharisees Explained (while looking very pleased),“This man had caused us lots of trouble,We had to get him on the double.He claimed he was the Chosen One,Almighty God, His only Son.We Pharisees weren’t having that! – Even worse, he claimed he’d sat At God’s right … Continue reading One Saturday
Based on the Passion readings from John’s Gospel Reading: John 18:28-40 Reflection: Pontius Pilate – Playing the blame game (Part 1) He really ruined my day, you know. All was going well in Jerusalem until he came along. I was doing my bit, keeping law and order – which isn’t easy to do with that riff-raff, especially when it’s … Continue reading Last Hour at the Cross – A Service for Good Friday
Based on the Passion narrative from Mark’s Gospel Hymn: My song is love unknown Reading: Mark 14:43-52 Reflection: Judas Iscariot – “The guilt won’t let me go” Dear Rabbi, I’m writing this although I know it’s too late. I wish I could turn back the clock, undo what I’ve done, but I know that there’s no going back – … Continue reading “The Last Hour” – A Devotional Service – “Father forgive”
Wow, where am I? It’s so beautiful here, it’s so beautiful here. What am I doing here? Where am I? Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there. I can’t take it in … My name is Levi, and I’m not a good man. No, I’m really not. I’ve done some horrible things. I’ve stolen, hurt people, … Continue reading A Thief in Paradise (inspired by Luke 23:39-43)
My name is Marcus Justus Loginus. I am a centurion of the Sebastii cohort based at Herod’s fortress in Jerusalem. It’s our job to keep the peace. Not an easy task when it’s Jewish festival season. Hundreds of thousands of people flock from all over the country for their celebrations – and there’s almost always trouble. They get together … Continue reading The Centurion
Part 1 My name is Tamar, the daughter of Jaurus and Abigail, and I’m nearly eight years old. I’m no one very special, but something very special happened to me. It didn’t start very well. I got very poorly. I felt hot and sweaty, then cold and sweaty, I didn’t want to eat or get out of bed … Continue reading Jairus’ Daughter
Based on John 20:1-18 this has been inspired by the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection and also the following verses in 1 Corinthians 15: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the … Continue reading Peter’s Story (Easter)
I’d not slept a wink for two nights, not since our hopes were ripped to shreds by the Temple authorities and the Roman killing machine. I was still in shock in all honesty – all had happened so quickly. Could it be less than a week since Jesus had come in triumph to Jerusalem, acclaimed as … Continue reading Emmaus: The Road to Hope (based on Luke 24)
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Jesus. I was walking past as he was teaching in the temple courts and I stopped in my tracks and joined the fringes of the crowd to listen. There was something compelling about the way he spoke, telling his hearers about the Kingdom of God. I long to see … Continue reading Joseph of Arimathea – Stepping out of the shadows
written when Easter Sunday happened to be April Fools’ day Part 1 I want to tell you the real storyof Jesus the king and his crazy glory.He broke all the rules, didn’t play by the bookWant to know why? well let’s take a lookBegin at the beginning, with his birthCircumstances of which were quite absurd.If … Continue reading Jesus the King and his crazy glory
Hello, my name’s Dave, the donkey. You won’t know me … not many people do. You might know my Grandpa, Darrell. He’s the one who went all the way from Nazareth – that’s a long, long, long way away – and carried a young woman – who was very pregnant – all the way to Bethlehem. Her name … Continue reading A Donkey’s Easter Tale
I made my way numbly to the tomb that Sunday morning. I hadn’t slept a wink since Friday, when my world fell apart, when I saw my Lord being laid to rest in that cold, dark tomb. I spent most of the time since then weeping. That man, my Rabbi, wasn’t just any other man; he was the … Continue reading Mary Magdalene – The day everything changed
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