Here’s a two-voice readers’ theatre setting of Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2, the suggested epistle reading for Proper 14 B (the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost). It is based on The Voice translation of scripture.
Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2
One: Put away your lies and speak the truth to one another
because we are all part of one another.
Two: When you are angry, don’t let it carry you into sin.
Don’t let the sun set with anger in your heart
or give the devil room to work.
One: If you have been stealing, stop.
Thieves must go to work like everyone else
and work honestly with their hands
so that they can share with anyone who has a need.
Two: Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths.
Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up
ehen they need it most.
That way your good words
will communicate grace to those who hear them.
One: It’s time to stop bringing grief to God’s Holy Spirit;
you have been sealed with the Spirit,
marked as His own for the day of rescue.
Two: Banish bitterness, rage and anger,
shouting and slander,
and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison.
One: Instead, be kind and compassionate.
Graciously forgive one another
just as God has forgiven you through the [Jesus Christ].
Two: So imitate God.
Follow Him like adored children,
and live in love as the Anointed One loved you—
One: so much that He gave Himself as a fragrant sacrifice,