A Nativity Play
By, Michelle Gilleland
Wiseman 1- Wow! That was one LOUSY hotel!
Wiseman 2- No Kidding! That place is so crowded, I had to share a floor mat with HIM! (pointing to WM 3)
Wiseman 3- And you snore like you have the sands of 1000 deserts stuck in your nose. (to wiseman 2)
WM 2- At least I don’t pet your head in the night and call you ‘Fuzzy Knees”
WM 1- (to WM 3) Isn’t that the name of your camel?
WM 3- Do you have a problem with that?
WM 2- (chuckling) No, no problem.
WM 1- O.K. you two-- remember why we’re here. We are on an important errand.
The Wise Man Association of the Far East has sent us to find the New King
WM 2- Yeah- it’ll be nice to find Him----that Herod fellow is a real fruitcake! I heard he was dropped on his head once too often as a baby--he has issues!
WM 3- Maybe he stood out in that hot Bethlehem sun too long. haha
WM 1- Let’s stay focused on our task. This definately would be a bad weekend for the prophecies fortelling the new King to be fulfilled.
WM 2-- I have never seen Bethlehem so crowded! I should have made our reservations for a few more days, but every Hotel and Inn is booked from here to Nazareth!
WM 1- It’s that crazy tax system Caesar came up with- How does He expect the whole world to be taxed?!
WM 3- Looks like we might be sleeping with the Shepherds tonight, men.
WM 2- Don’t worry, we’ll have Fuzzy Knees
Narrator: Luke 2:1 and Luke 2:3-5
Enter Joseph and Mary
Joseph- Well Mary, this is Bethlehem, where my family is from. Of course, it isn’t usually so crowded. It’s typically a great place to raise a family.
Mary- Oh Joseph, I hope it’s a good place to START a family because I’m afraid it’s time.
J- You mean?!! (points to Mary’s belly)
M- (calmly) Yes, Joseph. I think we had better find a place...quickly.
J- Every inn we’ve passed has turned us away. This town is packed! This is the only inn left. Don’t worry Mary- I’ll just explain the urgency of our situation- they can’t turn us away.
Narrator- Luke 2:6
Inn Keeper- Sorry-- Can’t you read the sign? NO Vacancy
J- But, sir, please..
IK- Sorry son! Caesar’s decree has brought in half the Middle East to Bethlehem. David had lots of decendants and they ALL want a room!
J- But my wife... she is expecting our first child
IK- That’s too bad my boy, but honestly, I couldn’t even find you a room if I wanted to. Why even MY room is wall-to-wall with my in-laws!
J- But sir... my wife is expecting our first child RIGHT NOW!
IK- What?! Oh dear! Let me get my wife. We have 8 children of our own-- all sleeping on the floor in the storage room. She’ll know what to do.
Wife- Hello my dear. My husband told me all about it-- Don’t worry darling. Our inn is so full you wouldn’t even be able to find a spot to lie down- and we need some privacy. I have an idea. I told my husband to clear us out a spot in the stables.
J- (Worried) The stables? Oh dear... Mary... I...
M- (calmly) Don’t worry Joseph. It will be alright.
J- But the stables...?
M- It will be more peaceful than the crowded streets.
Wife- And a little more private, dear. My daughters are getting a place ready. These stables have housed the horses of royalty-- I think they’ll be suitable for you. Leave it to me- We’ll have hot water and swaddling clothes ready!
M- Thank you so much for your kindness.
Wife- Of course dear, now come with me. Joseph, you put away the donkey--here this way!
Narrator- Luke 2:7
Wife- (coming out of stable smiling) It’s a PERFECT baby boy!
Narrator- Luke 2:8
Shepherd 1- WOW! What a night! I never get tired of looking up at the stars.
S 2- We’ve looked at these stars since we were boys and I don’t remember seeing a star like that one (points to the loft) Is that new?
S 3- Yes! That is one crazy, bright star! I think the sheep will never fall asleep it’s so bright!
S 4- Can you believe how many people have come to Bethlehem?!
S 1- It’s those darn taxes! We have relatives of relatives we’ve never met staying at our place.
S 3- Us too! My crazy second cousin showed up with his 14 children-- He said the hotel lost his reservation!
S 5- Maybe with that new star shining so brightly my wife’s sister will be able to find our house. She has NO sense of direction.
S 4- I guess we’d better settle in for the night-star or no star.
Narrator: Luke 2:9 and 10”And the angel said unto them”
Angel- “FEAR NOT! I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Narrator: Luke 2:13-14
Narrator: “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven the shepherds said unto one another...”
Shepherd 1- “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem. The sheep will be fine for a while
S 3- I’m glad that angel opened with “Fear Not” because I addmit I was a little shocked!
S 2- I think the sheep liked the music. I sure did!!
S 1- Come on you guys, let’s go...with HASTE
Narrator- Luke 2:16
Wise Man 3- Look! There it is!! It’s the Star! The guys in the Wise Man Association are never going to believe this one!
WM 2- They can probably see it themselves!
WM 3- Good point
WM 1- Let’s not waste time it doesn’t matter how crowded the streets are, we have got to follow that star! Hurry! And get the Myrrh!!!
Narrator- Matt 2:10-11
Shepherd 1 (stands and addresses audience) We have seen the Child just as the angels told us.
Shepherd 2- Will you join us in singing for the baby?
All sing Silent Night
Narrator Luke 2:19-20