Christmas

An Ancient Part of Himself

3 minutes (approx) / 1 narrator

Description
A good closer for a Christmas production.

Originally from
Vacancy / There's Room in My Heart (musical)

Voices
One

Topics
Christmas God Light Birth Jesus Christ Savior Baby Bethlehem Son of God Heart

Script
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Leader
(to the audience)
The longing of the human heart is for it to be filled. Man is born with the knowledge that there is something beyond himself, and he lives with the desire to fill up his emptiness with it. But the vacancy can't be filled with just anything.

(pause)

From the beginning God built into man a "God-space"--a place in his heart perfectly shaped to hold the Spirit of his Maker. Here God would come in and make Himself at home, to commune and fellowship with His creation, to listen and whisper words of wisdom. Man's God-space identified his ownership; no other god would fit there. So man entertained no other spirit as a replacement.

But one day, in a moment of rebellion, man's God-space went empty. That place in his heart fashioned and shaped to fit the Spirit of God remained, but now there would be no tenant. Man did, however, gain some new wisdom in the bargain: he now knew he was alone. From that moment in the Garden, all the children--children from the world's second generation until world's end--would enter the world alone, separated from the God who had given them breath.

(pause)

After many centuries of men and women being left on their own to struggle back up to fellowship with their Maker, after many centuries of empty discipline and vain imaginings meant to replace the sweet communion they had once enjoyed, God looked down upon His people and expressed hope in the form of a tiny child.

He sent down to them, not a new creation, but a very ancient part of Himself in the shape of man. He who dwells outside of time and space, He who holds eternity in His hand came down to dwell, for a while, among those who carried around inside them an empty space into which His Spirit would fit.

And once again man could know fellowship with his Maker. He could walk with Him, listen to His quiet counsel, commune with Him. Once again man's God-space could be filled with its intended occupant.

Copyright 2000 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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An Impossible Birth

30 seconds / 1 narrator

Description
A simple, brief set up for just about anything, but with emphasis on the impossibility of Christ's incarnation.

Originally from
An Impossible Life / Glorious Impossible (musical)

Voices
One

Topics
Christmas Impossible Traditions Lights Tinsel Decorations Incarnation Bethlehem Nativity Birth

Script
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Narrator
The glory and joy of Christmas is with us once again. It is a time for bright lights, cheerful decorations, fresh-cut evergreens, and warm gatherings of families and friends. It is also, more than anything else, time for the family of God to celebrate the moment, so long ago, when the Son came down to be born in flesh. It is time to celebrate Jesus--and what seems to many to be His impossible birth.

Copyright 2009 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.

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So Very Much Alone

2 minutes / 3 narrators

Description
An extended conversation between the Leader and two "Visitors".

Originally from
Vacancy / There's Room in My Heart (musical)

Voices
Three

Notes
Don't get hung up on the character labels in this piece. They can be called anything you like, used in any sort of situation. Think of it as just three people discussing the personal dynamics of the Nativity scene.

Topics
Christmas God Light Birth Jesus Christ Savior Baby Bethlehem Caesar Augustus Bethlehem Inn Census Mary Joseph Son of God Heart

Script
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Leader
(to the Visitors)
Was that Mary... and Joseph?

Visitor #2
It's about to happen.

Leader
They seem so very much alone.

Visitor #1
This is a great and terrible thing happening to them. But soon He will be born.

Leader
Is Mary well?

Visitor #2
She's young, but strong. God's hand is upon her.

Leader
How can she bear the wonder of it all? How could any woman? To give birth to the Son of God!

Visitor #1
Is there so much difference? Is not the hand of God in every birth. Is not the wonder of God in every new life.

Leader
I'm not sure I could have her faith.

Visitor #2
She loves her God enough to obey Him--to become His servant.

Visitor #1
She opened the door of her heart.

Leader
And He walked right in.

Visitor #2
There's the wonder.
(pause)
But now Joseph was another matter.

Visitor #1
Oh my, yes.

Leader
Why do you say that?

Visitor #2
Well for one thing, he was a man.

Leader
(with mild sarcasm)
Really.

Visitor #2
All he got were explanations. For Mary it was happening inside her--she could feel the power of God in her.

Visitor #1
Joseph was running on pure faith and trust...

Visitor #2
...and obedience.

Visitor #1
The Holy Spirit had permeated the heart of Mary...

Visitor #2
...but Joseph was left with a greater helping of his own logic.

Visitor #1
(wryly)
A dangerous habit for humans.

Leader
I have to hand it to Joseph: he had a lot of pressure from society to do just about anything but what he did. He must have been very confused at times--to wonder why God would put him in such a position.

Visitor #1
Yes, Joseph had his moments of doubt and confusion.

Visitor #2
Most humans would.

Visitor #1
Then it was time for Jesus to be born. And the heart of Joseph could only open to receive the love God was pouring into his life.

Copyright 2000 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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Tarnished Light of our own Brilliance

2 minutes / 1 narrator

Description
A general set-up narration for any production that will contrast the promise of Christ's incarnation with "the tarnished light of our own brilliance."

Originally from
Vacancy / There's Room in My Heart (musical)

Voices
One

Topics
Christmas God's Glory Light Birth Jesus Christ Savior Isaiah Shine Baby

Script
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Leader/Narrator
Welcome. We've gathered tonight to remember and rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Long ago the Son of God left His heavenly peace to bring that peace down to man. He who created the world emptied Himself of all privilege, took on the likeness of men, and came to them--came as a baby, with open arms filled with love. He came to dwell in their hearts--those hearts that would have Him. And from that one, glorious day, until this day, He has known rejection as men and women have shut their hearts to Him.

(pause)

Long ago the prophets proclaimed His coming. They painted word-portraits of the Savior so that the people would clearly know the day of His arrival. Isaiah said it best:

"Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising."
(Isaiah 60:1-3)

What a wonderful thought: That the glory of the Lord has actually come, and is now shining on us.

(pause; soberly)

But I wonder if we see that light? The light of Christ rarely penetrates the smog of our humanity. Our world today is filled with the tarnished light of our own brilliance. And never more so than during this festive time of year. Plastic Santas and aluminum trees greet us in every shop of the mall, while even the word "Christmas" is banned in our schools and public discourse.

Copyright 2000 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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The Despot and the Innkeeper

2 minutes / 2 narrators

Description
Setting up a scene taking place, or a song about, the Innkeeper in Bethlehem.

Originally from
Vacancy / There's Room in My Heart (musical)

Voices
Two

Notes
Edit the specifics in the last three lines to reflect your own production.

Topics
Christmas God's Glory Light Birth Jesus Christ Savior Baby Bethlehem Caesar Augustus Bethlehem Inn Census

Script
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Narrator #2
Bethlehem was a small, inconspicuous town lying just short of a day's journey south of the city of Jerusalem. It was a sleepy little village, tucked away and forgotten by most; nothing flashy, a bit disheveled.

Narrator #1
Few people ever visited by choice. Time and trends had passed it by, disregarded and even held in contempt by some--until one day the mighty despot called for a census to be taken of all the people in all his conquered lands.

Narrator #2
In the village was a small inn, unimpressive and tattered, worn down by time, home for the village innkeeper and his wife and son.

Narrator #1
From the large room facing the street they conducted their business. This room more than any other was home for the innkeeper as he welcomed new guests and dispensed with the old.

Narrator #2
The mighty despot was Caesar Augustus; and the village innkeeper was called Simon.

Copyright 2000 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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The Magi's Greatest Gift: Worship

30 seconds / 2 narrators

Description
Setting up the Magi (Wise Men)

Originally from
Vacancy / There's Room in My Heart (musical)

Voices
Two

Notes
Don't get hung up on the character labels in this piece. They can be called anything you like, used in any sort of situation.

Topics
Christmas God Light Birth Jesus Christ Savior Baby Bethlehem Bethlehem Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh Son of God Heart Magi Wise Men

Script
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Visitor #2
And finally the wise men came to give him honor. Visitors from faraway lands, they sought the one announced by the glory of heaven.

Visitor #1
They came with their gifts: Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh... But the greatest gift they brought was their worship. Before all, they acknowledged that this was indeed the Messiah--the Son of God.

Visitor #2
And once again, Jesus the Christ entered the hearts of men. Those who earlier had worshiped the charts of stars and crystal balls, opened their hearts to the child of the Holy Spirit.

Visitor #1
They now worshiped the Savior--incarnate God--and their lives would be forever changed.

Copyright 2000 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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