Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Galatians 5: 1, 13-25, the suggested epistle reading for Proper 8, Year C. It relies mostly on the New Living and J.B. Phillips translations.
(Galatians 5: 1, 13-25)
One: So Christ has truly set us free.
Now make sure that you stay free,
and that you don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Two: Plant your feet firmly within the freedom that Christ has won for us!
One: For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.
Two: But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.
Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
One: After all, the whole law can be summed up in this one command:
Two: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
One: But if you are always biting and devouring one another—
Two: if you think you’re free to attack and tear each other to pieces—
One: watch out!
You might just land up destroying one another
and the fellowship that you have together.
Two: Here is my advice:
Let your whole life be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
One: The sinful nature wants to do evil,
which is exactly the opposite of what the Spirit wants.
And the Spirit gives us desires
that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.
Two: And there’s the problem:
These two forces are constantly fighting each other,
so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
One: But if you follow the leading of the Spirit,
you stand clear of the Law.
You are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
Two: When you follow the desires of your sinful nature,
the results are very clear:
One: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
Two: idolatry, sorcery, hostility,
One: quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger,
Two: selfish ambition, dissension, division,
One: envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.
Two: Let me tell you again,
anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
One: But the Holy Spirit produces different kinds of fruit in our lives:
love, joy, peace, patience,
Two: kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
One: There is no law against these things!
Two: Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross
and crucified them there.
One: If our lives are centered in the Spirit,
let’s be guided by the Spirit.
Two: Let’s follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.