Narration Elements

We have created a new category of dramatic resource with "Narration Elements." Here you will find bits and pieces of narration--some from existing scripts, some brand new--ready for you to add to any musical, dramatic production, or worship service. We have also made it easier for you: no download necessary. Just copy and paste the text from the page to your word processor.

(This new area incorporates the two scripts that were formerly under the "Worship" tab. They will now be found here under the "Worship" category.)

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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-{script begin}-

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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Easter

A Love that Holds Us

1.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Title/Description
A Love that Holds Us

Voices
Two

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death Grace Offense Attraction

Script
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Narrator 1
The cross both repels and attracts.

Narrator 2
The cross offends--it is meant to. It is meant to stand in harsh contrast to the soft and pliable mercies of this world.

Narrator 1
God's love for man is substantial--it is real and true.

Narrator 2
His love was demonstrated in the cruelties and death of the cross--and that makes us uncomfortable.

Narrator 1
But that same cross attracts us with its love.
(beat)
In Christ, God the Father showed that for those who belong to Him, death leads to resurrection.

Narrator 2
There is His love fulfilled. If Jesus had remained in the grave, there would be no promise of life with Him.

Narrator 1
If we could find that tomb and identify the bones, God's love would have been incomplete.

Narrator 2
But God's love was complete. It was total. On the cross Jesus suffered and died for our sins, but He rose from the grave for our life!

Narrator 1
Total love. Uncompromising. A love that holds us.

Narrator 2
A love that will not let us go.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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From Eternity to History

3 or 4 minutes / 1 readers, 2 narrators (3rd Narrator optional)

Description
This narration speaks of the heavenly timeline: the birth of Jesus that was necessary for Him to die upon the cross, and He had to die--to become the once and final sacrifice--so that He could be raised from the grave.

Originally from
Crown Him with Glory

Note
Narrator #1 reads Scripture.

Voices
2 or 3

Topics
Christ's Sacrifice History Time Godhead Eternity Easter Resurrection Jerusalem

Script
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-|script begin|-

NARRATOR #1
(reading from a Bible)
In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets, at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (pause) After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.[1]

NARRATOR #2
It is this Jesus of whom we sing tonight: this one who came to die that we might live. Because He became the one and final sacrifice for our transgressions, He is worthy of all our praise and His crown of glory. Jesus won the struggle over death (pause) by dying. He won the right to claim victory because He died. (pause) From His place in eternity, Jesus initiated history:

NARRATOR #1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.[2]

NARRATOR #2
Then He stepped out of eternity and into history to begin the process of salvation that would result in His death, and the opportunity for eternal life for mankind.

NARRATOR #1
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.[3]

NARRATOR #2
It all climaxed at the cross when Jesus died. At that moment, His death proclaimed the end of man's separation from God:

NARRATOR #1
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died, were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.[4]

NARRATOR #2
But then came the event that set Jesus apart from every other savior that had ever lived and died: Jesus lived again--and by His resurrection declared victory over death for all mankind. He walked out of the tomb to step out of history and back into eternity.

NARRATOR #1
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.[5]

NARRATOR #2
Jesus Christ is Lord! He has paid the price--even unto death--and now death itself is vanquished and the Savior who died has now been returned to the forever in which He has always lived.

NARRATOR #3
(Optional)
After His death and resurrection--but before He ascended to the Father--the Lord Jesus spent forty days moving about the area, visiting with those closest to Him and giving final instructions to His disciples. This had been a traumatic time for the remaining eleven; they had never before lived through anything like the experiences of the past forty days. There were still many questions left unanswered.
Before ascending, Jesus told His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until the arrival of the Holy Spirit--without whom they would be incapable of continuing His ministry.
Then He was gone--nd many of the disciples, like the apostle Peter, turned away from that moment confused and uncertain about tomorrow.

1. Hebrews 1:1-3.
2. John 1:1-3.
3. Isaiah 9:6; 25:8.
4. Matthew 27:51-53.
5. Mark 16:19.

Copyright 2002 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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God's Amazing Grace

1.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Description
God's Amazing Grace

Voices
Two, with some Scripture reading

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death Grace

Script
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Narrator 2
The blood of Christ, shed for us at the cross, is really not so mysterious at all. It does represent Christ's pain--His suffering, His death--His sacrifice that we might live.

Narrator 1
But beyond that, the blood represents God's grace, for not one of us deserves life in Christ. It is a gift.

Narrator 2
Grace. Let the word linger on the tongue. Let it roll and tumble around in your mind. Grace.

Narrator 1
Don't let go of it too soon. Caress it, and let it caress you, for grace is the warm, forgiving embrace of a perfect God for an imperfect soul.

Narrator 2
Grace is God putting His arm around us, looking the believer straight in the eye, and saying, "I know who you are. I know what you are. I know all about your problems, your failures, your sins. I know it all. And I love you anyway."

Narrator 1
Grace is God saying, "Jesus."

Narrator 2
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Narrator 1
(warmly)
Grace. We do not deserve it. We cannot earn it. It is a gift.

Narrator 2
When Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of that tomb, God the Father was saying, "Here is my Son. See? He lives! He paid the price, once and for all. And He lives forever! Believe in Him, and you too will have life eternal."

Narrator 1
It is all of grace.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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In the Shadows

2.5 minutes / 1 narrator

Description
This narration emphasizes Christ's sacrifice. It leans toward the darker, pre-resurrection side of Easter—thus would be appropriate for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday use.

Voices
one

Topics
Easter Suffering Jesus Christ Light Darkness Remembrance Golgotha

Script
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-|script begin|-

Narrator
(simply; conversationally)
Easter is all about remembering. Every year we are invited to remember what Christ Jesus did for us. Not the historical facts, the chronology, so much as the promise of new life through His death and resurrection. The cross stands at the crossroad of time—one way despair, the other way hope and joy.

But the story of Easter begins in the shadows. It begins around the time of Passover—for the Jews a remembrance of death, of release tinged with bitterness and pain. There is the one bright moment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, where He was celebrated and greeted with loud hosannas. But then He and His disciples gather for the Passover meal. Soon Jesus is betrayed, arrested, and so begins His lonely journey to the cross.

Easter represents the promise of unbounded light after the gloom and despair of the shadows. We celebrate that light—gladly, joyfully—but we do injustice to His sacrifice if we do not remember, as well, the suffering that led to the resurrection, the pain that brought about victory.

So come, give ear to the final hours of Jesus with His disciples—scenes of confusion, of fellowship darkened by betrayal, of moments cast in shadows that would deliver a new hope for mankind, suffering that would end in victory, despair that would end in the promise of new life for all who would believe.

[song (i.e., later)]

Narrator
And so we come to Golgotha—the place of suffering and death. Here Jesus would shed His blood as the spotless Lamb of God. Here Jesus would cry out in His agony—and alienation from His Father. Here Jesus would declare the end of death—as He breathed His last.

“Did e’re such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”
(Isaac Watts)

Death and life, combined in a single moment. Death for Jesus the man, leading to resurrection and life for Jesus the Son—and resurrection and life for any and all who would believe in Him.

Copyright David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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The Mystery of God's Love

1.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Title/Description
The Mystery of God's Love

Voices
Two

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death Grace Offense Attraction Love

Script
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-{script begin}-

Narrator 2
In a world of slippery morals and changing values--

Narrator 1
--in a world of shifting sand, where there is little we can depend on--

Narrator 2
God's love, expressed in Jesus Christ, is faithful and true. We can count on it. We can depend on it.

Narrator 1
(darker)
For those who live in this world, Easter can be filled with mystery--even confusion. It is the story of blood sacrifice, of suffering, of death--
(brighter)
and then, of resurrection.

Narrator 2
It is a story of grace unmerited, of love undeserved.
(pause)
But throughout all the story... is Jesus. He is the one who suffered the ridicule, the physical pain, the separation from His Father.

Narrator 1
He is the one who bled and died for sins of which He was never guilty.
(stronger)
And He was the one who rose victorious from the grave.

Narrator 2
It is Jesus who left the purity of heaven to become our Savior. He gave Himself for us--for anyone who will believe in His name.

Narrator 1
And that is why we know He loves us. That is why we know Him as Lord and God.

Narrator 2
That is why we know--He lives.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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The Mystery of the Blood

2.5 minutes / 2 narrators

Description
The Mystery of the blood-sacrifice

Voices
Two, with some Scripture reading

Topics
Easter Cross Sacrifice Passover Blood Death

Script
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-{script begin}-

Narrator 1
(pleasantly)
Easter is a time of joy. The long cold night of the crucifixion is past. The hard waiting of the tomb is over. In their place is the bright and glorious dawn of Christ's resurrection. It is the day Jesus showed Himself free of the grave.

Narrator 2
But at the very heart of Easter is a mystery. It is something that one day we will understand, but is now too much for flesh to comprehend.

Narrator 1
The mystery begins long ago, on another cold night when God told all of enslaved Israel that if they would slaughter an innocent lamb, and paint its blood over each family's door, they would be saved. God's wrath would "pass over" any dwelling covered by the blood of the lamb.

Narrator 2
"The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:13)

Narrator 1
Many centuries later, another Lamb would be slain. His blood would this time save sinners once and for all from the wrath of God.
(reading)
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:8-9)

Narrator 2
There is the mystery. Why blood? Why must someone die? Surely there could be an easier way. Must there be pain and suffering and death?

Narrator 1
Here is God's answer: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11 nkjv)

Narrator 2
And that is what Jesus did on the cross. He suffered, and bled, and died--for our souls. His life was spilled upon the altar one last time--for all time--that anyone who believes would be saved, and live forever with Him.

Copyright 2008 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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General

Worship

History Pre-written: The Coming Messiah

4 minutes / 2 readers, 1 narrator

Description
This reading contrasts the Old Testament prophecies of Christ with the New Testament fulfillment of those prophecies. The text is Scripture tied together with brief narration.

Note
Scripture text in the printed script is NIV. We recommend that the script be formatted and printed to be inserted into Bibles, so the audience will know that what is being read is actual Scripture.

Voices
Ideally, three people would participate: one each for Narration, Old Testament and New Testament.

Topics
Old Testament New Testament History Pre-written: The Coming Messiah Readers Narrator Contrast Worship

The Old and the New: Passover Lamb

10 minutes / 3 readers

Description
While History Pre-written: The Coming Messiah contrasts Old Testament Messianic prophecies with the New Testament fulfillment, Passover Lamb contrasts the Old Testament rites of Passover with the New Testament sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

As such, this Scripture reading is ideal for a Communion service. In fact, the script has been organized for the typical, evangelical ordinance of Communion—or the Lord's Supper.

Note
The script is entirely Scripture, NIV.

The overall length depends on how much the Pastor or Leader says. The Scripture reading takes approximately 10 min.

Characters
Three Readers

Topics
The Old and the New: Passover Lamb Scripture Lamb of God Sacrifice Old Testament New Testament Communion Lord's Supper

Script
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-|Script Begins|-

[When this portion of the Worship Service is to begin, the Leader (or Pastor) calls the Deacons forward to the table as the Readers assemble at music stands.]

Leader
[Preparatory remarks.]

THE BREAD

Reader 1
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, disciples of Jesus asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?" [Mark 14:121]

Reader 2
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.

Reader 3
"On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD-a lasting ordinance. Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. [Exodus 12:1-3,5,7-8,12-14,17]

Reader 1
So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there." The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples… [Mark 14:13-17; Matthew 26:26a]

[Thanksgiving is offered for the bread. Leader distributes the bread. After the bread has been distributed, the Readers continue.]

Reader 2
The multitudes asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." [John 6:28-35,47-51]

Reader 3
Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
[Matthew 27:27-30]

Leader
Jesus said: "This is my body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me." [1 Corinthians 11:24]

[All eat the bread. Time for introspection is given.]

THE CUP

Reader 2
Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, "We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey." Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, "This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words." [Exodus 24:6-8]

Reader 3
When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep." In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. [Hebrews 9:19-22]

Reader 1
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." [Luke 22:20]

[Thanksgiving is offered for the wine. Leader distributes the wine. After the wine has been distributed-but not consumed-the Readers continue.]

Reader 3
Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull-which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. Here they crucified him, and with him two others-one on each side and Jesus in the middle. [John 19:17-18]

Reader 1
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. [Luke 23:44-46]

Leader
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." [1 Cor 11:25]

[All drink of the cup. Time for introspection is given.]

EPILOGUE

Reader 1
(after a pause; joyfully!)
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Reader 2
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created-

Reader 3
-things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities-

Reader 1
-all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Reader 2
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Reader 3
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
[Col 1:13-20]

Leader
[Closing remarks]

Congregation sings hymn or chorus.

Leader
(benediction)
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. [Hebrews 13:20-21]

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