Oct 24, 2012

Readers' Theatre: Hebrews 10: 11-25

Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Hebrews 10:11-25, the Epistle reading for Proper 28 B (Ordinary 33 B) – the 25th Sunday after Pentecost.  It is set for two voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Hebrews 10:11-25

One:     Under the old covenant,
            the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day,
            offering the same sacrifices again and again,
            which can never take away sins. 

Two:     But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins,
            good for all time.
            Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 
            There he waits until his enemies are humbled
            and made a footstool under his feet. 

One:     For by that one offering
            he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
Two:     And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so.
            For he says,

One:     This is the new covenant I will make
            with my people on that day, says the Lord:
            I will put my laws in their hearts,
            and I will write them on their minds.”

Two:     Then he says,

One:     I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.

Two:     And when sins have been forgiven,
            there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

One:     And so, dear brothers and sisters, 
            we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place
            because of the blood of Jesus. 
            By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way
            through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 

Two:     And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 
            let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts,
            fully trusting him.
            For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood
            to make us clean,
            and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

One:     Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
            for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 

Two:     Let us think of ways to motivate one another
            to acts of love and good works.

One:     And let us not neglect our meeting together,
            as some people do,
            but encourage one another,
            especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.