Tue, March 20, 2018

A Bread and Water Feast

Biblical References: Numbers 13

Characters: Person 1; Person 2; Person 3

Setting: Center stage there is a card table with a loaf of bread and a bottle of water sitting on it. Attached to the table there is a sign saying, “FEAST THIS WAY”. Person 1 and 2 will enter from the back of the church walking down the aisle as they say their lines. Along the aisle there should be large posters reading (in this order) “BANQUET THIS WAY!”; “BIG FEAST! EVERYONE INVITED!”; “FREE FEAST AHEAD!” and then on the table “FEAST THIS WAY”

The signs in the aisle should be up before the service starts as a way to build excitement about the message to come. The stage props can be placed before the sketch begins.
Possible Points: We used this skit in our retreat setting to encourage people to keep on keeping on in the faith so to speak. God was beginning to move in our church and people were getting content. We wanted to use this skit to encourage people to take the next step of faith, even if it wasn’t practical and trust that God has even more planned for us. He did not bring us out this far to take us back again. He brought us out to lead us into the promise land

Person 1: (entering from the back of the church) I’m so hungry.

Person 2: Me too. It feels like I haven’t eaten in a week.

Person 1: I haven’t eaten in a week.

Person 2: (talking with exaggerated longing) How great would a big table full of food be right now?

Person 1: Yeah, covered with steak and potatoes and pasta.

Person 2 : Oooo and cakes and pies and donuts!

Person 1: Mmmmm Donuts!

(they come to the first sign)

Person 2: Hey! What’s this? (Reads sign) “BANQUET THIS WAY!”

Person 1: Wow. I wish we could go to that.

Person 2: Yeah, me too, Person 1: But there is no way that we are invited to something like that.

Person 1: I know, just look at the way your dressed.

Person 2: the way I’m dressed? What’s wrong with the way I’m dressed

Person 1: (Changing the subject as they reach the next sign) Look! Here’s another one.(reads sign) “BIG FEAST! EVERYONE INVITED!”

Person 2: Everyone’s invited. We can go!! (both get excited and jump up and down and then suddenly stop and look sad.)

Person 1: But I bet we don’t have enough money.

Person 2: Enough money? I don’t have any money.

Person 1: Maybe we could sell your blood

Person 2: What is with you today?

(just then they both reach the next sign)

Both: (reading from sign) FREE FEAST AHEAD! We can go!!! (this next part is done in rhythm of the old McDonald’s commercial an older audience will still get the joke, but for a younger audience you may want to choose to sing a more modern food commercial) Big Mac, Filet-o-Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries, Icy Coke, Thick Shakes, Sundaes, and Apple Pies

(they dance happily towards the front of the stage, excited about the prospect of food.)

Person 2: Hey! There’s some food! (They run on stage and stand behind the table)

Person 1: (look at the bread and water) This is a feast?

Person 2: (tears open the bread and begins stuffing it in his mouth) Who cares? It’s food isn’t it?

Person 1: Yeah, but that sure was false advertising. This can’t be the feast. Look around. Maybe there’s something else.

Person 2: (through a mouth full of bread) There is nothing else. Just the sign saying “Feast This Way”

Person 1: Oh well. At least it is food. (reluctantly Person 1 begins to eat as well)

(person 3 enters from off stage)

Person 3 : Are you guys coming?

Person 1: Coming where?

Person 3: To the feast.

Person 2: You mean this isn’t it?

Person 3: Of course not. There is all the food you could ever imagine right over here.

Both1&2(Whispering among themselves) I told you there was more. I can’t believe we thought this was the feast, etc.

(They walk off after person 3, but person 2 takes the bread with him.)



Person 3 : Why are you carrying that? (he points to the bread)

Person 2: I’m still hungry.

Person 3: There is a feast right over here.

Person 2: But what if there isn’t?

Person 3: You just have to trust me.

Person 2: (in a whiney voice) But I’m hungry.

Person 3: Well, you have to make a choice, you can’t bring that with you. Leave it and come to the feast or stay here and eat it.

Person 1: Come on man, which would you rather have? A few pieces of bread or a feast?

Person 2: (reluctantly drops the bread) I hope you guys are right about this.

(they all exit the same way that Person 3 came in.)

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