Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of James 5:13-20, the epistle reading for Proper 21 B (Ordinary 26 B) – the gospel reading for the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. It is set for two readers.
Readers’ Theatre: James 5:13-20
One: Are any in your community suffering?
They should pray.
Two: Are any celebrating?
They should sing praises to God.
One: Are any sick?
They should call the elders of your church
and ask them to pray.
They will gather around
and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
Two: Prayers offered in faith will restore them from sickness
and bring them to health.
The Lord will lift them up from the floor of despair;
and if the sickness is due to sin,
then God will forgive their sins.
One: So own up to your sins to one another
and pray for one another.
In the end, you may be healed.
Two: Your prayers are powerful
when they are rooted in a righteous life.
One: Remember Elijah?
He was a man, no different from us.
He prayed with great intensity
asking God to withhold the rain;
God answered his prayers
and did not allow a single drop of rain to fall
for three and a half years.
It did not rain until Elijah prayed again for God to open the skies,
when the rain came down and the earth produced a great crop.
Two: Brothers and sisters,
if someone you know loses his way
and rebels against God,
pursue them in love and bring them back to the truth.
One: Know this:
If you turn a sinner back from the error of their ways,
then you will rescue them from the grips of death
and cover the pain and consequences of untold sins.
~ taken from The Voice™ http://www.hearthevoice.com/ Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Adapted slightly to make it inclusive.