Jun 16, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Jesus sends the disciples out

Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20.  It is set for two voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20

One:     The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples
and sent them ahead in pairs
to all the towns and places he planned to visit. 
These were his instructions to them: 

Two:     The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest;
ask him to send more workers into his fields. 
Now go, and remember that I am sending you out
as lambs among wolves. 
Don’t take any money with you,
nor a traveler’s bag,
nor an extra pair of sandals.
And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.

Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say,
‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ 
If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand;
if they are not, the blessing will return to you. 
Don’t move around from home to home.
Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide.
Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality,
because those who work deserve their pay.

If you enter a town and it welcomes you,
eat whatever is set before you. 
Heal the sick, and tell them,
‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ 
But if a town refuses to welcome you,
go out into its streets and say, 
‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet
to show that we have abandoned you to your fate.
And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ 

Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me.
And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me.
And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.

One:     When the seventy-two disciples returned,
they joyfully reported to him,
“Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

Two:     Yes, I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 
Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy
and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them.
Nothing will injure you. 
But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you;
rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.