Mar 26, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Acts 9: 1-20


Here is a readers’ theatre setting of Acts 9: 1-20, the conversion of the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. It is set for four voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Acts 9: 1-20
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Narr:     Saul was uttering threats with every breath
and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers.
So he went to the high priest. 
He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus,
asking for their cooperation
in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there.
He wanted to bring them—both men and women—
back to Jerusalem in chains.
As he was approaching Damascus on this mission,
a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, 

Lord:    Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

Saul:     Who are you, lord?

Lord:    I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!
 Now get up and go into the city,
and you will be told what you must do.”

Narr:     The men with Saul stood speechless,
for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one!  
Saul picked himself up off the ground,
but when he opened his eyes he was blind.
So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus.  
He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.
Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias.
The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, 

Lord:    Ananias!

Ananias: Yes, Lord!

Lord:    Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas.
When you get there,
ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
He is praying to me right now.
I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in
and laying hands on him so he can see again.

Ananias: But Lord, I’ve heard many people talk
about the terrible things this man has done
to the believers in Jerusalem! 
And he is authorized by the leading priests
to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”

Lord:    Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument
to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings,
as well as to the people of Israel. 
And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Narr:     So Ananias went and found Saul.
He laid his hands on him and said,

Ananias: Brother Saul,
the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road,
has sent me so that you might regain your sight
and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Narr:     Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes,
and he regained his sight.
Then he got up and was baptized.  
Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.
Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 
And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues,
saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!