Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Colossians 1: 1-14. It is set for two voices.
Readers’ Theatre: Colossians 1: 1-14
One: This letter is from Paul,
chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus,
Two: and from Timothy, his brother in Christ.
One: We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colossae,
who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.
Two: May God our Father give you grace and peace.
One; We always pray for you,
and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and your love for all of God’s people,
which comes from your confident hope
of what God has reserved for you in heaven.
Two: You have had this expectation
ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
One: This same Good News that came to you
is going out all over the world.
It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives,
Two: just as it changed your lives
from the day you first heard and understood the truth
about God’s wonderful grace.
One: You learned about the Good News from Epaphras,
our beloved co-worker.
Two: He is Christ’s faithful servant,
and he is helping us on your behalf.
One: He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
Two: So we have not stopped praying for you
since we first heard about you.
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will
One: and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Two: Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord,
and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.
One: All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
Two: We also pray that you will be strengthened
with all his glorious power
so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.
One: May you be filled with joy,
always thanking the Father.
He has enabled you to share in the inheritance
that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
Two: For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness
and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.