Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Seed Time

Seed Time Game Show, Number 11

Voice: Welcome to the Sow Your Seed Game Show with your favorite hostesses and mine, Bobby Bling and Chloe Starr!

(Chloe Starr and Bobby Bling sneak out from different sides of the stage. They each have a present, and are trying to hide them under the tree when the other is not looking. When they bump into each other, they act unnaturally “natural.”)

Chloe: Oh, hi, Bobby. I didn’t see you there.

Bobby: Oh, hi! Yeah, I didn’t see you either.

Chloe: So, are you ready for the show?

Bobby: Ummm...yeah. Of course.

Chloe: You’re acting a little funny. Are you hiding something?

Bobby: What would I hide? My life is an open book. Let’s get this show on the road!

Chloe: Welcome to the Show Your Seed Game Show. Every time you answer a question correctly, you win Kid Cash. Bobby, what is the first question?

Bobby: When you give to God, how does He give back to you? Is the answer A) God give you a tiny bit, B) God give you yucky leftovers, or C) God causes men to give to you pressed down, shaken together, and running over?

(Chooses a child to answer) Correct! The answer is C. God blesses you with more than you gave to Him. Isn’t that awesome? Then you can be an even bigger blessing to others!

Chloe: Next question. What happens to the generous man? Is the answer A) he reaps generously because he sowed generously, B) he gives up after awhile and plays video games, or C) he runs out of money?

(Waits for a child to answer) Yes! The correct answer is A. God promises that the generous man will himself be watered.

Bobby: Time for the last question. What does God delight in? That means, what does God get excited about? Is it A) eating Christmas cookies with lots of sprinkles, B) the prosperity of His servants, or C) getting lots of toys for Christmas?

(Choosing a child) Correct. God gets excited when we see the blessing that He wants us to see in all the parts of our lives.

Chloe: Great job, kids. That’s it for this show.

Bobby: (Interrupting) Well, there is one more thing, Chloe.

Chloe: Really?

Bobby: I have a Christmas gift for you. (Pulls it out from under the tree) Here it is!

Chloe: I have one for you, too. Here.

Both: Thank you! Merry Christmas!

(Both exit, while Bobby looks back at kids.)

Bobby: Isn’t giving fun?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Susan On-the-Spot Reporter

Jesus Loves Me

Susan is a reporter who is on a late-breaking story of a blinding flash of light seen near Damascus a few days ago.

Susan: (Holding microphone) This is Susan On-the-Spot in Damascus with a late, breaking story. According to eyewitness reports, there has recently been a brilliant flash of light in the vicinity of Damascus, and we’re out looking for the source. (Seeing someone coming.) Wait. Here comes a man. Perhaps he’s seen something.

Ananias: (Acts like he’s reading an address and looking for it.) The house of Judas on Straight Street. It’s got to be here somewhere.

Susan: Excuse me, I’m Susan On-the-Spot and we’re live with a story about a brilliant flash of light. Have you seen anything, sir?

Ananias: (Jumping a little) Hey! You startled me.

Susan: You seem a little jumpy.

Ananias: You’d be jumpy too if the Lord told you to go pray for a man who hunts down Christians and throws them in jail. (Finds the house he’s looking for.) This is Straight Street, and this must be the house of Judas. (Knocks on the door)

Susan: What do you mean?

(Judas opens the door)

Judas: Who’s there?

Ananias: It’s Ananias. Is Saul of Tarsus in there?

Judas: He’s in here. Just a minute.

(Judas leads Saul out to Ananias.)

Saul: Who is there? (He can’t see because he was blinded by the light.) I can’t see because there was a bright light shone in front of me as I was traveling to Damascus. Jesus told me in a voice not to persecute Him anymore. He told me to wait here in the city.

Ananias: My name is Ananias. The Lord sent me to lay hands on you so that your sight would be restored.

Saul: But I’ve been persecuting the Christians, throwing them in jail. I’ve been really mean. Weren’t you afraid to come here?

Ananias: Of course I was. But God loves you even though you’ve done lots of bad things. Jesus wants you to tell everyone about how He died for them and loves them no matter what.

Saul: Wow. Jesus still loves me. That’s amazing. Okay. Pray for me.

(Ananias prays for Saul, and suddenly Saul can see.)

Saul: I can see! I can see! I know God loves me, and I’m going to tell all the people that Jesus loves them too. (Runs out of room, stopping to tell individual children that Jesus loves them.)

Ananias: (Ananias follows him.) Hey, Saul. Wait for me!

Susan: Boys and girls, remember that God loves you no matter what you have done. Tell everyone you know that Jesus loves them, too. This has been Susan On-The-Spot with another breaking story from the Bible.

Ed Infiltrates Seed Time

Seed Time Game Show, Number 10

Voice: Welcome to the Sow Your Seed Game Show with your favorite hostesses and mine, Bobby Bling and Chloe Starr!

(Chloe Starr and Bobby Bling enter to cheering audience and game show music. Over to the side, Ed the Janitor is sweeping the floor. During the show, he moves to different parts of the room to help different kids with the answers.)

Chloe: Hey, welcome to the Sow Your Seed Game Show. Are you kids ready to win some kid cash by answering our Seed Time questions?

Bobby: (Jumping out and acting like she’s ready to do hand-to-hand combat.) Hi-ya!

Chloe: (Startled.) What are you doing, Bobby?

Bobby: I’m fending off nutty math professors and crazy tourists so stand back!

Chloe: There aren’t of those here this week. There’s only Ed the Janitor over there.

Bobby: (Karate pose) Keep a lid on it, Ed. I’m watching you.

Chloe: (Rolling eyes) Let’s get to the first question. The Bible says that as long as the earth remains, what else will we have? Is the answer A) football, B) seed time, or C) ice cream?

Ed: (Stage whispering loudly to some of the kids the answer.) Psst! It’s seed time.

Bobby: (Pointing at Ed indignantly. To Chloe.) Did you see that?

Chloe: (Choosing one of the children that Ed gave the answer to) Correct! The answer is seed time.

Bobby: But—but—

Chloe: Bobby, we have a show to run. Chill out. Next question. God also said that as long as the earth remains, we will have a second thing. Is it A) stuffed teddy bears, B) spaghetti on Thursdays, or C) harvest.

Ed: (Stage whispering loudly to a different bunch of kids.) Psst! The answer is harvest.

Bobby: (Pointing at Ed again) Hey, Ed’s not sweeping the floor. He’s—

Chloe: (Holding up her hand to Bobby) Bobby, I said you need to relax. We have a show to run here and all these interruptions are hurting our ratings.

Bobby: But—but—

Chloe: (Hand up again until Bobby stops.) Last question. What should we always honor God with? Is it A) the first of what we have, B) the last of what we have, or C) a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Ed: (Whistling innocently as Bobby watches him closely. As soon as she turns her back, he stage whispers the answer loudly to the kids near him.) The first of what we have.

(Bobby spins around because she caught Ed this time.)

Bobby: AH HA! You’re helping the—

Chloe: (Grabs Bobby by the ear and pulls her to the front of the room.) You need to quit picking on Ed while he’s doing his job. (Chooses a child.) And the answer is, we should always honor God with the first of what He has blessed us with. That’s all for this time, kids. Remember to sow, sow, sow your seed so it can grow, grow grow!

Bobby: (As Chloe still hangs on to her ear.) Ow! Bye! Ow! You’ve got to believe me, Chloe.

Ed: (Grinning, puts hands together over his head in victory as he exits.)