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CHRISTMAS TABLEAU - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: the story and purpose of Jesus’ birth
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 1:18-2:18; Luke 2:1-20
STYLE: a Christmas program with songs,
. scripture readings, and
. dramatic soliloquies: each character
. delivers a soliloquy, then poses around
. the manger in the nativity tableau.
. The recommended songs can be sung
. either by the characters or a choir
. or you can find other songs.
Cast: MARY, JOSEPH, INN KEEPER'S WIFE,
. SHEPHERD/S, MAGI & extras, ANGEL, PERSON
Set & Props: manger, stool
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. (plus sheet music)
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SONG 1: "OUR DAY OF JOY IS HERE AGAIN"
. - lyrics & music by Andrew L. Skoog
(READER/S enter and exit at stage left.)
R.1 (reads or recites Luke 1:30-33)
. “The angel said to her,
. ‘Do not be afraid, Mary;
. for you have found favor with God.
. And behold, you will conceive in your womb
. and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
. He will be great and will be called
. the Son of the Most High;
. and the Lord God will give Him
. the throne of His father David;
. and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,
. and His kingdom will have no end.’”
(MARY enters. All actors enter at stage right.) 2
MARY “Favored one?” That is how the angel addressed me.
. Although, I always try my best to be obedient,
. I am certainly NOT perfect. So why me?
. I remember Father talking about our family tree.
. We ARE some of King David’s descendants. But -
. so many others are, as well. Yet – THIS -
. is happening to me. It is difficult to grasp.
. I am still a virgin. Yet, I know, all things
. are possible with God. (touching her stomach)
. Strange. I seem to feel His presence already...
. But, I am to give birth – to God’s Son –
. who will be King. And I - am to raise His Son –
. His HOLY Son? (shakes her head at the thought)
. How could I ever be a worthy mother –
. to raise and nurture a Holy Being –
. when I myself make so many mistakes?
. HE will be teaching ME!
. ( pretends to cradle a baby in her arms)
. What will it be like to hold God in my very arms?
. To look down into the face of the King of Kings?
. (quickly looks up with realization.)
. I am just a girl - engaged to be married!
. To Joseph! And soon - he will find out
. that I am with child. How will he react?
. He could think that I had an affair, and
. the leaders could have me put to death.
. Will Joseph believe me when I explain this?
. Who will believe this? WHO will EVER
. believe this? Well... (calmer)
. I’m most sure God has everything planned,
. and will work everything out to His glory.
. Yes! As the angel said, nothing will be
. impossible with God... And I am God's bondslave.
. I am willing to do as God wills. So I must
. have faith that God will work everything out.
(MARY goes to the nativity tableau and sits on the stool
right behind the manger, and freezes.)
SONG 2: "WHAT CHILD IS THIS?"
. - lyrics by William C. Dix
. music is traditional English melody, 16th C.
R.2 (reads Matthew 1:19-21) 3
. “And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man
. and not wanting to disgrace her, planned
. to send her away secretly. But when he had
. considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord
. appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph,
. son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary
. as your wife; for the Child who has been
. conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will
. bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,
. for He will save His people from their sins.’”
JOSEPH (enters) When I first heard that Mary
. was pregnant, I was angered - beyond words.
. Of course, I never wanted to hurt her.
. That is why I was going to put her away secretly.
. I just wanted to SPARE her the public disgrace...
. And – spare myself, as well. I mean, who
. in their right mind would ever BELIEVE such a
. thing? God had to send an angel to convince ME.
. But still, I have questions... and concerns.
. It's the father's job to protect his family.
. But, if this Child is to one day grow up -
. and save people from their sins –
. who am I to protect HIM? HE will be saving ME.
. (pauses) And, how am I, a humble carpenter,
. supposed to raise God’s Son!? Will I teach Him
. how to build with His hands, the One who has
. created the universe with just His word?
. I am not worthy for this. I have nothing
. to offer Him. I can only offer Him what
. God provides us. Huh, so I know God provides
. things like love, and wisdom... Is that enough?
. What is to come? How much suffering and danger
. will there be? (sighing) Of course, God is
. all-knowing, all-powerful and all-sufficient...
. I must trust that God will take care
. of every possible detail.
(JOSEPH stands by MARY and puts a hand on her shoulder,
SONG 3: "FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN"
. - by George Frederick Handel
R.3 (reads Luke 2:1,3-5) “Now in those days 4
. a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that
. a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.
. And everyone was on his way to register for the
. census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up
. from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea,
. to the city of David which is called Bethlehem,
. because he was of the house and family of David,
. in order to register along with Mary,
. who was engaged to him, and was with child.”
INNKEEPER'S WIFE (enters) Oh, when I heard about
. the world-wide census being taken, I thought,
. now here's a chance to make a lot of money.
. You know, people were going to be travelling,
. and would need a place to eat and stay the night.
. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that it
. would get this crazy. I had entire families
. squeezed into every little corner we owned.
. I was working 'round the clock, but I was not
. going to complain, right? I was busy getting rich.
. But then this couple showed up... The poor
. little thing had traveled far while sitting
. on the back of a donkey, ready to deliver at
. any minute. My heart went out to them. But
. what could I do? Even if they HAD money, there
. was no more room. But I could not just leave them
. out in the streets like that. You know,
. something told me to do whatever I could.
. Then it hit me, they could use the stable.
. Sure, it’s dirty and smelly, but they made do.
. Even with the birth of their Baby. It's strange
. though, there’s something very different
. about this Baby. He seems to touch my heart
. in a way... that, well, I cannot describe it.
. For years I have cluttered up my heart with
. the importance of getting rich. Meanwhile, this
. whole experience is making me search my heart and
. I wonder – with what SHOULD I fill my heart?
(INNKEEPER'S WIFE kneels beside the manger and freezes.)
SONG 4: "THOU DIDST LEAVE THY THRONE"
. – by Emily E.S. Elliott, Timothy R. Matthews
R.4 (Luke 2:8-11) “In the same region 5
. there were some shepherds staying out in the fields
. and keeping watch over their flock by night. And
. an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them,
. and the glory of the Lord shone around them;
. and they were terribly frightened.
. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid;
. for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
. which will be for all the people;
. for today in the city of David
. there has been born for you a Savior,
. who is Christ the Lord.’”
SHEP. (enters with other SHEPHERDS)
. An amazing thing just happened. We were in the
. fields. Some of us were sleeping, a few of us
. were watching the sheep, when - angels appeared!
. You know, you usually only hear about these kind
. of things. So, this was very unexpected.
. Terrifying, in fact. First there was only one,
. but then -a WHOLE bunch of them - filled the sky.
. The angel told us not to be afraid
. because they had good news to share with us.
. With US – SHEPHERDS! Can you imagine? I mean,
. WE who are considered the lowlifes of society.
. The scum of the earth! Not many parents want
. their daughters marrying a shepherd. But God
. thought we were important enough to hear this
. great news – of peace and joy for ALL people!
. I can tell you, if anybody needs saving, it’s me.
. And I could definitely use some of that
. peace and joy. So, we were told that we’d
. find Him in Bethlehem, in - in the feeding trough
. of a stable... I suppose if He had been born in
. a palace, there’d be no way we’d ever get through
. THOSE doors to meet Jesus face to face.
. But being born in a stable... I’m pretty sure -
. He's going to be able to understand me.
(SHEPHERD can be joined by other SHEPHERDS and
freeze in the pose in the nativity tableau.)
SONG 5: "HOW GREAT OUR JOY"
. - traditional German carol arranged by Hugo Jungst
R.5 (Matthew 2:1-2) “Now after Jesus was born 6
. in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod
. the king, magi from the east arrived
. in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been
. born King of the Jews? For we saw His star
. in the east and have come to worship Him.’”
MAGI (enters with other MAGI)
. In all of history, there has never been such
. a star. As soon as I saw that star, I knew
. that this signified the birth of a great King –
. the King of kings. As we followed the star,
. we found ourselves near Jerusalem, Israel's capital.
. We stopped there to meet with King Herod - and
. told him about the star and that we were looking
. for the King of the Jews who had just been born,
. in order to worship Him. He seemed perplexed.
. After meeting with some of the religious leaders,
. King Herod returned to ask us when we first saw
. the star. It had been about two years ago.
. It takes a long time to plan and pack for such
. a long journey. And our travels were slow because
. of the costly load we carried is extremely heavy,
. such cargo as gold, myrrh, and frankincense.
. And still, I feel this King of kings deserves
. so much more than our meager gifts. Well,
. King Herod wanted us to find the Christ-Child,
. and then return to him to give a full report. But
. we were warned in a dream by God – not to return
. to Herod, so we plan to return to our own country
. by another way. Imagine, leaders of a country
. being so upset and threatened by this tiny Baby.
. All of these events only confirm that this Child
. is very important. This Child will someday –
. shake the foundations of this world
. with a power so mighty. One can only wonder,
. and be compelled to learn more about
. the wisdom and magnitude of His purpose.
(MAGI and EXTRA MAGI can pose approach the manger
with gifts and freeze within the tableau.)
SONG 6: "AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD"
. - by William C. Dix and Conrad Kocher
R.6 (1 Peter 1:10-12) “As to this salvation, 7
. the prophets who prophesied of the grace
. that would come to you made careful searches
. and inquiries, seeking to know what person
. or time the Spirit of Christ within them
. was indicating as He predicted
. the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.
. It was revealed to them that they were
. not serving themselves, but you,
. in these things which now have been announced
. to you through those who preached the gospel
. to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven —
. things into which angels long to look.”
ANGEL (enters) I am a messenger of God.
. Many years ago, I made my eternal choice
. to serve Him... this Holy, Almighty God of love,
. Who was and is, and is to come.
. We honor God, and know Him well,
. but we do not know of future things.
. We only learn of this as it unfolds.
. We have brought many messages to mankind
. over the years, but none as so joyous as now.
. We have seen the plight of men. We have witnessed
. their struggles. Even as they attempt to obey God,
. they still stumble, they still fall.
. But through their faith in God, they are
. allowed to continue in their walk with God.
. As we bring these messages of good news
. and glad tidings, we wonder how God
. will bring about this peace He has promised.
. We look forward, longing to see how God will
. answer prayers. We look forward, longing to see
. how God will save His people.
. We rejoice with the righteous.
. And we are blessed to gaze into the face of God,
. and to serve the Lord God we adore.
. We praise His Holy Name on High, and
. we give glory to the newborn King of kings.
(ANGEL stands over the manger and looks down adoringly.)
SONG 7: "HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING" by Charles Wesley,
. Felix Mendelssohn, William H. Cummings
R.7 (Luke 2:30-32) 8
. “For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
. Which You have prepared
. in the presence of all peoples,
. A Light of revelation to the Gentiles,
. And the glory of Your people Israel.”
PERSON (enters) Because of Jesus's birth,
. His perfect life here on earth,
. His death on the cross, and His resurrection,
. we can receive His free gift of forgiveness,
. new birth and eternal life. Many years ago,
. people witnessed all of these events.
. Now, we have a chance to witness the same:
. through creation, through God's word,
. and through the testimonies of believers.
. Have you met Jesus? Do you believe?
. Are you kneeling before Him at the manger,
. at the cross... at the throne of God?
(PERSON takes their places kneeling before the manger.)
SONG 8: “O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL”
. by John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley
INSERT: short message from Pastor, then the
. lighting of the candles and passing of the light
. usually done while singing “Silent Night”