Sep 13, 2012

Readers' Theatre: James 5: 13-20

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 Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Adapted slightly to make it inclusive.