Nov 26, 2012

Readers' Theatre: Luke 1: 26-38

Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Luke 1:26-38, where the angel Gabriel comes to Mary (The Annunciation).  It’s set for three voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Luke 1:26-38

One:     God sent the angel Gabriel
            to the Galilean village of Nazareth
            to a virgin engaged to be married
            to a man descended from David.
            His name was Joseph,
            and the virgin’s name was Mary.
            Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:

Two:     Good morning!
            You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
            Beautiful inside and out!
            God be with you.

One:     Mary was thoroughly shaken,
            wondering what was behind a greeting like that.
            But the angel assured her:

Two:     Mary, you have nothing to fear.
            God has a surprise for you:
            You will become pregnant and give birth to a son
            and call his name Jesus.
            He will be great,
            and will be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
            The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David;
            He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
            there will be no end, ever, to his kingdom.

Three:   But how?
            I’ve never slept with a man.
Two:     The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
            the power of the Highest hover over you;
            Therefore, the child you bring to birth
            will be called Holy, Son of God.
            And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son,
            old as she is?
            Everyone called her barren,
            and here she is six months pregnant!
            Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.
Three:   Yes, I see it all now:
            I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
            Let it be with me
            just as you say.
~ from Eugene Peterson’s The Message.