41. Heaven invites you to a party!

Introduction:
A complete puppet script about the Christmas story.
You can use this script to explain the gospel to children.


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Underneath you can read a small part of the script:

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Wise Man 1:

I say chaps, which way to Bethlehem?

Paddy:
Well, sir, if I was going to Bethlehem, I wouldn’t start from here. Take the ring road at Damascus and go south of Jerusalem.

(Enter other two wise men. One had headphones on and is boogying, the other is carrying presents)

Wise Man 2: 
This is typical, this is. I knew we’d get lost. Follow the star they told us. So off we go, but then what happens? It starts to rain. Bloomin’ clouds. Can’t see a thing. You just can’t trust the weather men these days. (To the headphones) Are you listening?

(No response - he carries on dancing)

Wise Man 2:
Who has to carry all the presents? Me that’s who.

Wise Man 3: (stops dancing)
Hey, man, cool it, ok?

Wise Man 2:
And now we’ll never get there on time. I told you we should have turned left at the Jordan.

Wise Man 1: (He’s been talking to Paddy, and now comes over to join the others.)
Not to worry, chaps. I know where we are now. Let’s get going.

Wise Man 3:
Hey man, that’s cool.

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39. The Magi’s (a Christmas story)


Introduction:

This is a great story about the journey of the three Magi from the East, which can either be told or enacted.

Themes:

The meaning of Christmas, the journey of the Magi

This can be used for:

- A Christmas service

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Bible text:

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem." (Matthew 2:1)

Script:

You can either download the script/story through the subsequent link or read it on the site:


Downloading link: The-Magi.pdf

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Galid:
Aram, look! Look at that strange star. Never seen it before. Look…. There! Can you see it?

Aram:
Well, I’ve never…. I can Galid! I have never seen a star like that before.

Galid:
Someone very important must have been born. The question is: where?

Aram:
Let’s get Youssef here. He is specialised in foreign prophecies. Maybe he can tell us what this means.

Storyteller:
Welcome to Babel, a big city East of Israel and the centre of all wise men. Our story is not about any oldwise men though, our story is about three very special wise men: Aram, Galid and Youssef. What makes them special, you ask? Well they were wise men that knew a lot about astrology. They could link the placement and run of the starts in the sky with events happening in the world. This was something that the God of the Jews had forbidden. Quite ironic if you think about it…

Aram:
He Youssef, so glad you could make it! Galid has discovered a star we’ve never seen before.

Galid (enthusiastically):
Look! There… Can you see it?

Youssef:
Indeed…. that is a special star.

Adam:
There is only one explanation. Somewhere there must have been a very important birth.

Galid:
The question is where? Youssef all our hope is on you: who is this newly born important person?

Storyteller:
Youssef stares at the stars in silence.

Youssef:
Wait a minute! Daniel! The cue is Daniel!

Adam:
Who?

(If congregation has a Daniel)
Galid:
This guy??!

Youssef:
No, Daniel was a Jewish man who lived hundreds of years ago and was the head of all the wise men in Babel. This Daniel used to tell everyone how the Jews were expecting a Messiah. A Messiah who would be a king… and he wasn’t the only one. I’ve recently read about the famous clairvoyant Balaam. 1200 years ago he made a similar prediction.

The story goes like this: Balaam was hired by the king of Moab to curse the people of Israel, the Jews. The king of Moab was hoping that after the curse he could beat them and drive them off the land.

Aram:
Hmm… interesting, interesting…

Youssef:
However, something very strange happened. Balaam, who was a very powerful curser, ended up blessing the people of Israel. Not only once, but twice!

Galid:
That shows the interference of a very powerful God.

Youssef:
And that is not the end of it. Balaam then also prophesised about a star. A star that would rise out of Jacob and a sceptre that would rise out of Israel.

Aram:
Say that again?!

Youssef:
A star would rise out of Jacob, and a sceptre would rise out of Israel. Look, you can read it all back. It’s right there in the Jewish Thora, in Numbers 24:17.

Storyteller:
Aram and Galid were speechless. Youssef was right, it was right there on the pages of their ancient manuscripts. They weren’t sure they could take much more, but Youssef wasn’t finished yet.

Youssef:
Let’s analyse it further. If you take a closer look you can see four important words in the text: Star and Jacob and next to them sceptre and Israel. Jacob was a patriarch of the Jewish people. However, when he was older he got a new name… Can you guess?

Galid:
Oh, oh, I like guessing games… Was it…. Adam? Moses? Josef?

Aram:
Bob?

Youssef:
No, Jacob became Israel. Jacob and Israel are the same. Israel was both the name of Jacob and the name of the Jewish people. The text therefore actually says the same thing twice. The star and the sceptre are related.

Storyteller:
Aram, wanting to redeem himself, quickly interrupted Youssef.

Aram:
A sceptre is the symbol of kingship. That means this star must tell us about the birth of a king! The king of the Jews!

Youssef:
You are completely right, Aram. This is what I think to. I think this star is telling us that the Jewish Messiah has been born…

Silence (eventually broken by Galid)

Galid:
The God of the Jews is a powerful God. He is capable of forcing the curser Balaam to bless. This must be the God who is also behind this birth. Maybe… no, never mind.

Aram:
What were you going to say Galid?

Galid:
No it will sound silly. It is just, I was thinking, maybe this born king is God himself… I need to know! I want to go and worship this king of the Jews. You know what, I’m going to Jerusalem.

Youssef:
I’m coming with you!

Aram:
Well in that case, I guess I’ll start packing.

Storyteller:
And that was that. Galid, Aram and Youssef prepared themselves for the long journey to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Weeks of traveling later they arrived at the palace of King Herod. King Herod was from a place called Idumea and had been appointed by the Romans. A non-Jewish king who was part of the oppression… no, he wasn’t very popular.

After taking a very long bath and combing the sand out of their beards Galid, Aram and Youssef entered the throne hall and bowed in front of the king.

Herod:
So gentlemen, what can I do for you?

Galid:
Excuse me, dear king, we are looking for the king of the Jews. Can you tell us where we can find him?

Herod:
Well, you’re in luckk, because he is right in front of you, as you speak.

Aram:
Please except our apologies in advance, but you are too old, dear king. We are looking for the new-born King of the Jews. You see, we have followed his star.

Storyteller:
Herod tried to stay calm, but with the visit of the Magi’s his biggest fear became true. He knew that the Jews were expecting a Messiah, and he was afraid of losing his power and his comfortable throne. As soon as the Wise Men had left he summoned all the Jewish spiritual leaders together. He needed to know where the King of the Jews had been born.

In the meantime, outside the walls of the palace, the story of the new-born King of the Jews was spreading rapidly among the people. Although it was news that filled everyone with joy, it also filled people with fear. For everyone was afraid for the reaction of Herod. Herod was known for being a mean, violent king who would do anything to keep his position safe. He had already killed some of the Jewish leaders and he had even killed his own son! No wonder that the Jewish leaders that were summoned to the palace had slightly sweaty palms as well… They were standing in front of the King, trying to hide their shaking knees…

Herod:
My dear gentlemen, thank you so much for coming on such a short notice! Now, tell me where that Messiah of yours will be born.

High priest:
Well… the prophecies point to Bethlehem, your Majesty.

Storyteller:
Herod thanked the scared leaders and wished the wise men a safe trip. Before he let them go, he asked them, however, to come back after they had found the new-born King of the Jews. He told them that he wanted to worship this special baby as well. Galid, Youssef and Aram promised to come back, saddled up their camels and headed towards Bethlehem.

Youssef:
Look!! We have found the star again.

Storyteller:
Aram is so surprised that the stops his camel dead on the road and stars at the sky.

Aram:
Oh my word…. You’re right.

Galid:
So we were right! But isn’t it odd that the Jews are not setting out to worship their own king..?

Storyteller:
The three wise men continue their journey to Bethlehem with growing excitement and anticipation. The star leads the way and finally brings them to the house where the little king had been born. They knock on the door and father Joseph opens the door. After having explained who they are and why they have come all this way, Joseph lets them in and shakes them the hand.

Youssef:
Thank you so much for welcoming us so warmly. Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Youssef.

Joseph:
I like you already! A great name shows a great man. Have you really come all the way from Babel for us?

Aram:
Yes!

Storyteller:
And while they sit down and rest from their travels the wise men tell Joseph everything, about the star, Daniel, Balaam and their longing to worship the new-born King of the Jews. Joseph brings them to the little baby, who is cradled in the arms of Mary. Quickly and quietly the rush towards the baby and kneel down with awe and admiration. They showed the beautiful presents they had brought all the way from Babel: Gold, frankincense and myrrh. At last they had reached their destination: worshiping the King of the Jews. A tiny baby, called Jesus, from the Hebrew word Yeshua, which means: ‘he how saves’. As Aram, Galid and Youssef kneel down next to the sleeping baby, they experience peace. A peace that overflows them and humbly silences them. The light of the star has led them on a journey filled with questions and uncertainties and guided them to the Light of the world.