Monthly Archives: December 2009


Scene 5

The Magi

Narrator: Meanwhile, in a land far to the east of Bethlehem, three wise men of great knowledge noticed an unusually bright star in the sky.
Wise man#1:That star is amazing! It’s so bright!
Wise man#2:Yes, it’s as if it’s trying to tell us something.
Wise man#3:Maybe it is! Could it be a sign that the Savior has come? The one that the prophets wrote of so long ago?
Wise man#1:Yes! That’s it!
Wise man#2:Let’s follow it!

The THREE WISE MEN exit stage right, get their gifts from the backroom and return carrying them. Then they fall to their knees beside Jesus, holding their gifts in front of themselves.
Narrator:Upon their camels, the three Wise Men, or magi, as they are now known, journeyed for several weeks, faithfully following the star shining brightly in the sky, until it stood over the little stable in Bethlehem where the holy infant lay.
Congregation: We Three Kings H# 288
(As they are mentioned by the NARRATOR, the THREE WISE MEN place their gifts in the front of Jesus’ manger, then return to a kneeling position.)
Narrator:When they saw the baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men fell on their knees in humble worship. They lay at the feet of baby Jesus the valuable treasures they had brought with which to honor Him.
The FIRST KING gave him gold. The SECOND KING gave Him sweet-smelling frankincense. And the THIRD KING gave Him perfume-like myrrh. For they knew they had at last found their Savior, God’s son, who had come to bring peace on earth on that silent and holy night.
Congregation: Silent Night H#253


Scene 4

Shepherds

Shepherds enter and flop down, followed by angels who deliver the message
Narrator:That same night there were shepherds watching their flocks of sheep on the steep hills surrounding Bethlehem. The shepherds were poor men who wore rough, simple clothing. For them, nights were usually dark, cold and lonely.

GABRIEL enters from left. He stands on a box, center
Narrator:But the night that Jesus was born, the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared above them in the sky.

The THREE SHEPHERDS point up at GABRIEL, then back up, frightened, and hold their crooks in front of them for protection.
Narrator: The shepherds had never seen an angel, and they were frightened. But the Angel of God soon comforted them, saying …
Gabriel: Fear not, good shepherds, for I have wonderful news! Today, in the city of Bethlehem, a child was born. This child shall grow up to be our king – not just any king, but the KING of ALL kings – the world’s savior!
Shepherd:Please tell us where we can find him!
Gabriel:You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
All the angels Enter and face the shepherds
Narrator: Then suddenly a whole host – a multitude – of heavenly angels appeared in the sky! And they heralded, or announced, the news of the baby Jesus. “Glory to the newborn king!” they exclaimed. “He shall bring peace and goodwill to all men!”
Angels and Congregation: Hark the Herald angels sing H#277
The Angels leave as the shepherds stand
Shepherd: Let’s go to bethlehem!


Scene 3

Bethlehem

Narrator: Now, at that time, the land they lived in was ruled by the Romans, who were mighty, but wicked rulers of an enormous empire. The chief ruler, a man named Caesar Augustus, was mean and greedy. He wanted to tax everyone in the land to raise money for himself and the Romans. So he issued a decree that every man shall return to the place of his birth so they could be counted for taxes.
Mary and Joseph walk slowly across stage while townspeople wander up and down the aisles going to be taxed.
Narrator: And so Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to return to the small village of Bethlehem, about 90 miles away, where Joseph had been born. It was a difficult journey across the hot land, but after six long days and nights, they finally reached Bethlehem. By then Mary was very tired and about to give birth. But Bethlehem was a small town now filled with many people. They could find no place to stay for the night.

Joseph and Mary proceed to a door and knock
Joseph: We have traveled a long way and my wife is pregnant and very tired. Is there any room at your inn?
Inkeeper:Sorry, No room, check with my brother down the street.
He ducks down and changes his hat
Joseph: We have traveled a long way and my wife is pregnant and very tired. Is there any room at your inn?
Inkeeper:Sorry, No room, check with my brother down the street.
He ducks down and changes his hat
Narrator: And so it was at every inn. Until at last…
Joseph: We have traveled a long way and my wife is pregnant and very tired. Is there any room at your inn?