Mon, February 19, 2018

Dear Mr. President

Possible Themes: This is a picture of some of the ways that people approach prayer. You can use this skit to stress God’s desire for relationship with us through prayer.

Characters: Narrator / Mrs. Jones; Housewife; Greedy; Unworthy, President; Little girl

Setting: Two chairs center stage. The president sits in one of them

Narrator: It was a beautiful spring morning and the President sat in his oval office too excited to sit still. You see this was his favorite day of the entire year. This was the day that he had personally invited all of the citizens of the country to come and talk with him. Nothing made him happier that getting a chance to talk with his people. He punched the intercom button and asked his secretary

Pres: Mrs. Jones is there anyone here to see me yet?

Mrs. Jones: Yes, there is a housewife out here who would like to see you.

Pres: (excited) well send her right in.

Housewife: (see walks in and recites her “prayer” without ever looking at the president. The entire time he tries to say something to her, but she never looks at him) thank you for the world so sweet. Thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing. Thank you Lord for everything.

Pres: (disappointed, but looking forward to the next person) Mrs. Jones is there any one else

Mrs. Jones: Yes sir, I’ll send him right in

Greedy: (stomps in with his nose in the air) I want a new car, and not just any new car it has to be Ferrari fire engine read with all of the trimming. I also want a boat and some new clothes wouldn’t hurt. And while I am asking about stuff, this country is in bad shape. Let’s start with fixing all of the roads, and my neighborhood is really going to pot so if you could get some more police in there that will be great. (Just keeps griping and asking for stuff until he walks around the stage and back out the way he came)

Pres: (looking after the man in unbelief) Mrs. Jones is there any one else?

Mrs. Jones: Yes sir, here he is.

Unworthy: (comes in crawling on his belly) I’m not worthy. I’m a heel. I shouldn’t be allowed to breathe. I am so bad. No one else in the world is as bad as I am. (Etc. makes a loop on the stage and then crawls back off moaning the whole time)

Pres: (looking sad because no one will talk to him) Is there anyone else waiting for me?

Mrs. Jones No sir…well actually there is one person, but it is just a little girl

Pres: Well send her in

Mrs. Jones: But she’s just a little girl.

Pres: I don’t care, send her in

Little Girl: (walks in and sits down beside the president. She doesn’t say anything, but just looks at him)

Pres: Is there anything I can do for you?

Little Girl: Not really, I just wanted to say hello.

Pres: anything else?

Little Girl: Well… Um, I guess I want to say that I think you are doing a good job.

Pres: Can we talk (the two of them huddle in conversation as the narrator speaks)

Narrator: So the president was happy because he was finally able to talk to one of his people.

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About Me

I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.

About Nailscars.com

For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.