Dramatic Readings for a Creative Element in Worship

Check out these 6 monologues for the Christmas season in your small church. Each is delivered by one dramatic reader, dressed in simple costume.

The 6 Monologues are perfect for Advent

In our small church, we often choose a theme for the Christmas season. These monologues were part of a theme we called, “Waiting for the Promise.”

In addition to these dramatic readings, we decorated dimly with sand dunes and a soundtrack of wind. Choosing scriptures, responsive readings, songs, and prayer – all around the theme of waiting – create a beautiful lead-in to Christmas.

Whether you choose one of the monologues to add as a special element to your Christmas season or utilize all 6 over a series of weeks, these monologues add depth and context to the birth of Christ.

The series leads chronologically from the Old Testament to the birth of Christ, and follow for the two weeks after His birth as the Wise Men and modern day believer still seek Him.

Each monologue is designed to be spoken by a Biblical character dressed in simply costume.

Advent Schedule (Christmas season line-up)

If your church celebrates Advent, begin these with the first week of Advent. We used these monologues to open each worship service, from the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and then following for the 2 weeks after.

  • Week 1: Abraham – The Promise of Descendants
  • Week 2: Moses – The Promise of Deliverance
  • Week 3: Simeon – The Promise of the Messiah
  • Week 4: Mary – The Promise of a Baby
  • 1st Sunday after Christmas: The Magi – The Promise of a King
  • 2nd Sunday after Christmas: Today’s Christian -The Promise of God’s Kingdom

These monologues were all written by Louise Waller, a member of The Creative Arts Team at Summit Ridge Church in Tucson, AZ.

1) The Promise of Descendants

written by Louise Waller

Spoken by Abraham:

“Ur of the Chaldeas, where I was born, is a land of gods. There are more gods in one city than there are fleas on my dog. They oppressed us with their demands. The cannot live without our constant service, and if we displease them, the rain does not fall. I would never say it aloud, but I think they are about as much good to us as the fleas are to the dog. 

But one night I had a dream. A new God, a different God spoke to me in my dream. This God was different; I could tell it immediately. He spoke to me! To me!  Not just my knees, but my very heart knelt before Him. All of the goodness and power of the whole earth and sky, all the mysteries of life and beauty swept over me, and I was terrified and burning with love at the same time! So when He told me that He was the One, the Living God, the only true god, I believed Him! 

Then, He made a promise to me! To Me! He told me to leave Ur of the Chaldeas, and to travel to a different land; a place full of powerful strangers, because He promised He would give their good land to me, and to my descendants. My beautiful wife and I have no descendants; it has been our great sadness. But this One, the Living God, promised to give me descendants. Not just one, not even five. No, He promised me that He would give me descendants like the stars. And, and He said that my descendants, my children, would one day bless the whole earth. He promised to protect them and bless them, and that all the earth would be receive a great blessing through them! 

That was over 40 years ago. Sarai and I left Ur of the Chaldeas with Lot and his family. We came to this wonderful land and set up our tents, and we prospered. Time passed, and I wondered if the Living God had forgotten His promise. But again He came to me, and repeated His promise to me. I was reassured, but now I am afraid. 

Twice when food became scare, Sarai and I went to Egypt to live for a while, and twice I saved my own skin by telling Sarai to pretend to be my sister so Pharoah wouldn’t kill me for her if he thought she was my wife. The Living God was not pleased with me, and now I wonder if I have lost His blessing. I forgot to listen; that’s how it happened. I was afraid, and I forgot to trust Him. 

We are very old now. We don’t know what we should do. Waiting for this Living God to keep His promise is hard and long. But I remember His goodness and glory that He showed me. I don’t want to stop hoping and waiting for Him.”

2) The Promise of Deliverance

written by Louise Waller

Spoken by Moses:

“The Living God, the One who Is, spoke to me. To me! 

He remembers a promise He made to our distant ancestor, Abraham, long ago when we were free. 

He has given Abraham many children, just as He promised. But He also promised that those children would have a homeland. For time out of mind, our homeland has been Egypt, a place of powerful gods and crushing rulers, a place where we were chosen to be beasts of burden, sheep to be slaughtered. When my eyes were opened to the suffering of our people, I tried to free them. I killed an Egyptian, but I had to flee in terror and shame, and hide my face in the desert. I failed them.

And that’s where He spoke to me. To me!

He sent me and Aaron to bring them out, and take them to the good homeland He had promised them. He broke the power of Egypt’s gods, and crushed her ruler. He moved the very ocean out of our way, and walked us to safety! He brought us to the mountain to hear His voice and learn His ways. We all saw that His power is supreme, and His ways are good. When we heard His laws, our hearts burned within us! Oh, that we could be such people, full of honor and goodness, like Him! We all made a deep promise to obey Him, following His ways and worshipping only Him forever.  We ate His food and followed His light, and came to the good homeland. We could see it, stretched out before us.

 And yet…we failed Him. 

Fear has been our master for so long. So long! For so many generations we have lived without hope. Our lives in Egypt were hard, sad and short. Our father’s fathers taught us to trust no one. Our mothers and their mothers before them knew that we were alone, even though we were crowded together in our hovels. Our brothers and sisters made sure we learned to rely only on ourselves. Fear has always been our master. Always. 

Tomorrow my people will enter into their new homeland without me, with my last warning in their ears. I must stay here on this mountain, where I will die.   Will they become obedient servants of our God? Or will my people always be slaves to fear, with pride and rebellion in their hearts? I think I know the answer.

And so our God, the One Who Is, waits for us to keep our promise. He is waiting for us to trust Him.  Waiting for us to place our hope in Him. Waiting for us to rely on Him. Waiting for us to give Him our hearts.”

3) The Promise of the Messiah

written by Louise Waller

Spoken by Simeon: 

“Here I am in the Temple of the Lord. I was eating my morning meal when I felt God’s Spirit nudge me back here to the Temple, where I spend so much of my time. 

Oh, I am old. Years ago, the Holy Spirit of God promised me that I will not see death until I have seen His Messiah, the consolation of Israel with my own eyes. And my friend Anna the prophetess is old. Since she was young, she has been living here in the temple, serving God and waiting for Him to fulfil His promise of a Messiah to save Israel. Long and long we two have waited, and now at last God is moving!  My friend, bony old Zachariah the priest and his ancient wife have a son, given to them by the Lord! A son who will prepare Israel to receive her salvation!  

 We old ones have been faithful to the Law, and we are eagerly waiting for the hope that the Lord promised through the prophets of old. The beautiful Law and the holy prophets! 

But when our Messiah comes, the Living God will encounter His people in a new way. Messiah will be the very word of God, living with us! He will wash our hearts, and remove the unrighteousness of Judah. All the world will see this and they will see the glory of the goodness of our God! 

But some will fall because of him. Some will stand here in this the very Temple of God, where I stand now, and they will turn away from his light. Many who seem righteous will be revealed by our Messiah to be false, and many who seem lost will receive him and know his consolation. 

God keeps His word, and His salvation will come. As I stand here, I can feel Moses and the and prophets of old standing with me. Zachariah the priest and his Elizabeth, Anna and I, we old ones have been faithful.  I can feel us all rejoicing that our time is passing away, and the Messiah of God will bring his kingdom in a new way. Then we will depart in peace, as our Lord has promised. 

Look! I see a man and woman coming up the Temple steps, poor people with a new baby. And I see that they are full of light!”

4) The Promise of a Baby

written by Louise Waller

Spoken by Mary (very pregnant)

“This is not what you think.  You will think I’m crazy, but The Holy Spirit of Almighty God made this baby, and entrusted him to me. An angel told me so. An angel told me that God will give my son the throne of David, and his kingdom will never end. His name is Jesus, the savior of the people. I would think I was crazy, but my husband-to-be heard the same thing. I would be paralyzed with fear, but…I’m just too overjoyed thinking about the goodness of our wonderful God! 

Why me? Why not one of the rich, comfortable women who could give him what he deserves? 

Almighty God is about to do the thing he has promised, and save His people. The whole world will come to know His glory and see His kingdom! And who has He told? With whom has He started?  Us! Two lowly, women! My elderly cousin Elizabeth, and me, a virgin of no account. Does He even love the very donkeys under their burdens, and the dogs on the rubbish heaps? You know, I think maybe He does.  

Joseph is a good man, but we are small people. Our son will see poverty, hardship, and suffering. 

God is turning the world upside down. His kingdom is coming! This child I carry is God at the very bottom of creation. Do I dare to dream that He will make the world right? That He will break sinful hearts and cause the mighty to kneel? 

I will sing my song to God. Will you hear it? 

 My soul magnifies the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
    as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

5th Monologue: The Promise of a King

written by Louise Waller

Spoken by a Wise Man (holding a large scroll)

“We wise men of the east have heard the Living God!  We have studied for generations, watching the stars, charting the heavenly bodies. We have searched and collected the wise writings from all the nations, and we study them. We knew in our hearts that we were looking for the Living God, the One who Is. You feel that searching and longing in your bones too, don’t you?

The God we seek, the Light of the World, would you believe it? He is the one who has been speaking to that little, insignificant country of Israel for ages past. And now He has spoken to us! To us! 

How do we know this? He has sent us a star! Not an ordinary star in the heavens, not a comet or planet, but a Messenger. It came to us, moving across the land! So full of light and beauty and power from God that we fell on our faces to worship that God who sent it. We searched the scrolls of Israel to find out what this star might mean.

 [reading from the scroll] Long ago, through Israel’s prophet Isaiah, the God speaks of a holy King who is to be born to the Jews. This King will restore Israel. And the God says to this King, “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, (that’s us, beloved!) that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”  Isaiah goes on to say that kings and princes of all the earth will bow down before this chosen one, this Servant King.  He says that in the age of this King, the glory of the Living God will cover the land. And at that time all the nations will come to the light, and their rulers will be drawn to the brightness. And the wealth and the riches of the nations will be brought to the city of the Holy One.  

What do you think of that?  The Living God, the God of Israel has made a sacred promise to us to give this King of the Jews to us. Like a great river overflowing its banks, the blessing of Israel is poured out over us, though we are far away. What a merciful and great God!

And now this miraculous star has come to us. The King has been born! The new age has begun! Why are all the nations of the world not laying down their bows and swords and spears? Why is everyone not rushing to Israel to worship this king who has been born to the Jews? We have noticed something: not everyone can see this star. And sadly, not everyone wants to. Perhaps in the end of days, they will. 

For now, we care! We have followed this star to Israel. We were looking for the holy King, so we went to the palace, but he was not there. We found only evil ones there.  When we left them, the star met us again, and took us to the last place you would expect: a humble home, and a poor family.  And there he was! 

I tell you, we are counted as wise and powerful in the world, but we knelt before this infant as humble servants. We brought the gifts and the worship that the whole world will one day bring.  Yes, you and I, outsiders though we are, have been promised a savior, and he has come! And we are promised more. The day shall come when what is written shall be fulfilled:  Every knee shall bow, those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and  every tongue shall confess that this child is the Lord, the Light, and the savior of the earth. That is a promise to hold on to! “

6) The Promise of God’s Kingdom

written by Louise Waller

Spoken by Today’s Believer:

“I sort of always pictured God’s plan for our future as everybody in heaven sitting around Jesus’ feet in white robes and haloes. Forever. 

Which is weird, because the Bible doesn’t actually talk about that. The Bible talks about God’s Kingdom and this earth we’re standing on right now, being finally united. God’s Kingdom coming on earth, this earth, and God’s will actually being done, on this earth, just like it’s done in heaven. 

That’s what God has promised us. Us!  That’s what I’ve prayed for all my life, without ever really thinking about what it means. “Thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  

The more I try to picture that, the more it’s like trying to stare at the sun. 

What will it be like to inhabit my body when it has been resurrected into imperishable life? When I am healed not only of any disease, but also the sag of old age, and God be thanked, when my brain no longer even remembers how to be a slave to sin. When I no longer have to struggle with myself, or try to love God? 

What will ‘peace on earth’ even look like? Not just no more wars, but actual peace. Rulers serving their people, nations honoring and uplifting each other, cultures enjoying each other, sharing their treasures. When the Living God of Israel is seen and adored by all the world? What, oh what will it be like when God himself is living with us, in this very world? When the knowledge of God and the goodness of His love fill the earth like water fills the ocean? When the rightness of His justice gives relief and peace to everyone, and each person truly loves their neighbor? 

What will it be like for humans to exercise the dominion over nature that God created us to have, protecting, nurturing, beautifying and enjoying the whole living world of our dear planet? When animals don’t fear us, plants flourish for us, the very microbes obey us because all life can rejoice under our loving rule, as God created it to do. Will even the galaxies feel the ripple when God’s children are revealed? 

Is it blowing your mind like it’s blowing mine? Because that promise is being fulfilled. Jesus has come, and has shown us what that life, true Life in God’s kingdom looks like. He has broken the power of the broken world, and invited us to live with him now, in his Kingdom that is coming! He has begun the takeover. 

And He has told us to be ready for him to fulfill this amazing promise. When he comes again to finish his work and gain the final victory, what will it be like? When he finds us awake and alert, and pressing forward into his Kingdom of Truth and Love?

When all God’s people say Amen!”

A word about artist Louise Waller

Louise has been a friend of mine for over a decade. If you are lucky enough to have an artist in your small church, I implore you to utilize their gifts for the building of your ministry! This excerpt is from her artist website:

I don’t make ‘Art for Art’s Sake.’ I make art for your sake and mine, so I care what you think of it. I want everything I make to refresh you with a sense of wonder and beauty, and perhaps some whimsy as well.

I live in Arizona with 4 good chickens and 3 bad cats. I’ve been an artist and a God-lover nearly all my life. Originally, I was going to be a tiger when I grew up, but that didn’t quite work out. So I got a Fine Arts degree and set to work making everything I could think of to bring pleasure to the people around me.

If you have an idea for a custom project that you would like me to consider, please let me know in the ‘contact’ link on my website. Also, check out my Custom Orders page in the galleries.

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