The Tales of BART & ANDY
To the Ends of the Earth
The Holy Spirit Really
BART & ANDY
Bartholomew and Andrew... yep,
again! The Holy Spirit has come – and amazing things are happening!
She still knows everything!
The UPPER ROOM.
Same ol' Upper Room! We see a bare table this time, otherwise, the room is
empty. A reproduction of DaVinci's last Supper on the wall might be fun. If you
are really ambitious, you could recreate the painting with your actors, one or
two of them creating the various poses and then pasting them in with a photo editing program!
The PLAY Begins
Teacher Welcome back! And
look... we're back in the Upper Room again!
remember Bartholomew and Andrew – Bart & Andy – two of Jesus'
disciples. When we first met them they were hiding in here, remember? Jesus had
died and then 40 days later had gone up into heaven – and now they didn't
know what to do.
Jesus promised he would send the Holy Spirit!
that's just what he did – the Holy Spirit came! He came with the roar of
a mighty wind and fire, and filled the disciples with his power! We call that
day the Day of Pentecost.
now it's a little while after that...
the disciples have been busy, spreading the Good News of Jesus all through
Jerusalem and all around. And some amazing things have been happening –
people who were blind are seeing again, people who couldn't walk got up and
best of all, people were finding out that God is real – and that he loves
us very, very much!
now, let's see what's been going on with Bart & Andy!
[Bart & Andy come
bursting in – carrying two Cokes and a sack from McDonald's
(if you can warm it up so
the smell of McDonald's French fries fills the room...
that would be cruel! :O) )]
with excitement!] Can you believe it!
whole lunch for less than five dollars!!!
fries and a Coke – all for less than a five dollars!! It's a miracle!!!
his head] Bart, you never cease to
Let's eat – those fries smell amazing!
[opens the bag and begin
to dig into their burgers and fries, slurping Cokes loudly!]
gonna eat all your fries???
Teacher Bart... Andy... you
know they didn't have McDonald's in your day!
Pizza Hut??? Subway??? [teacher is quietly shaking her head 'no'] They had to have Subway – they're everywhere!
a subway, anyway???
Teacher It's a train
that goes underground... but, never mind that! C'mon, hand it over! [motions
for them to fork over the goods! Bart and Andy are pantomiming to each other
‘what's a train?']
I brought you some nice cheese curds and goat's milk. [pulls out a greasy
package wrapped in cloth and a jug of goat's milk... I guess I should have you
told you all this before now!)]
the goat's milk suspiciously] Got any
Teacher Sorry, no...
Enjoy your lunch!
Bart [half-heartedly] Thanks.
[Teacher exits. Bart
pulls a bag of fries out from under the table... hushes audience to keep quiet]
on fry] Hey, Andy...
fries] What, Bart?
now??? These fries??? Those Big Macs we almost had???
What we've been doing the last few days!!!
Andy Ohhh!!! Totally!!!!
blind can see!
that's not the most amazing thing – just think of how many people have
now we all know that when we die – it's not the end – just like it
wasn't the end for Jesus. Jesus rose from the dead – and one day, so will
we – and we'll live with him forever!
little group isn't so little anymore! The Good News is spreading through all of
Jerusalem – and all around! It's spreading like wild fire!
because it IS a fire... well, sort of... the fire of the Holy Spirit!
not doing anything amazing.
The blind seeing, the crippled walking... we're not doing it!
It's not us – it's the Holy Spirit!
right – it is the Holy
Spirit... working in us!
the Holy Spirit...
we'd still be hiding in this room!
the Holy Spirit came, just like Jesus promised...
and now we're doing amazing things!
mean together with the Holy Spirit we are doing amazing things!
you can't see or hear a spirit...
you can see and hear us!
the Holy Spirit works through us!
go where he sends us...
speak the words he wants to speak! We make a pretty good team – the Holy
Spirit and us!
[Munch a little on their
cheese curds and goat's milk... yum!]
was pretty amazing!
story he told! Of how the Holy Spirit used him!
yeah! It was amazing!
act it out! You can pretend you're the Ethiopian, and I can be Philip... want
Andy [hesitating] Oh...
Let's see... here, [pulling a chair out into the center of the room] this will be your chariot. Remember, Philip told us
the Holy Spirit sent him to speak to someone riding in a chariot.
but remember, this wasn't just some ordinary someone – he was a powerful
official in the court of the QUEEN of Ethiopia... so I wouldn't be driving some cheap two door model
chariot! I'd be driving a luxury model!
course! Covered in gold and expensive cloth...
camel drive.... Dual exhaust...
built in GPS navigation and DVD players for the kids!
I must have been dreaming there for a second! Anyway... [grabbing the chair.
Sizing up Andy's chariot in admiration]
That's one fancy chariot!
at the end of the earth! Remember how God led Moses and our people out of
Egypt? Ethiopia is even farther away than that! You go all the way down through
Egypt and then hang a left!
is far away!!!
...okay, so let's see, where were we? Oh yeah... Philip
said he was in Samaria – telling the people there all about God....
was spreading the Good News about Jesus!
then the Holy Spirit told him to go down to the desert road, the road that goes
down from Jerusalem to Egypt. He told him he would see a chariot there...
was the Ethiopian! He came all the way from Ethiopia to worship in the temple
in Jerusalem, and now he was on his way back home... he must have really wanted
to find God – but he needed someone to guide him.
the Holy Spirit!
all need the Holy Spirit to help us know God!
So you are the Ethiopian... [Andy strikes an aloof pose, nose in the air... very
official! Bouncing along in a chariot.]
am very powerful - don't you forget it!
and I'm Philip, and I come running along side, just like the Holy Spirit said I
should do. [Begins to jog in place alongside the 'chariot']
was reading from the Book of Isaiah [pantomimes reading from a iPad]
are you doing???
those scrolls are just too big and bulky to carry in a chariot... so I have all
the scriptures on this handy little electronic device...
what are you talking about??!!
sorry! I had the craziest dream lat night! You could put all the Scriptures in
something you could hold in your hand!
for sure!!! The books of the Scripture are written on a large scrolls... [Pantomimes
picking the scroll of Isaiah from a pretend collection] Here... here's the book of Isaiah...
I was reading from Isaiah... [collects himself, opens the scroll and begins to
was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
a lamb before the shearer he was silent."
Philip] Do you understand what you
the Ethiopian] How can I? I don't
have anyone to help me!
can help you!
then get in my chariot and show me! [Bart pulls up the other chair next to
Andy. They both bounce up and down together for a bit].
this part I was reading in Isaiah... it talks about someone being sacrificed... like
a lamb... who is Isaiah talking about?
was talking about Jesus! Jesus was sacrificed for us. Jesus died on the cross
to pay the price for our sins!
picking up another scroll and turning to another part in the Scripture] See this part here?
I never could understand it...
talking about Jesus! [picks up another scroll] And this part here, this part about the Messiah...
don't understand that part either!
talking about Jesus! [reaches down for another scroll] And this part here...
me guess... it's talking about this Jesus too!
Jesus! It's ALL about Jesus! Jesus is the One God promised he would send to
save us from our sins, so we can live with him in heaven forever!
do I have to do to live forever with Jesus?!
and be baptized!
There's some water! What's to stop me from being baptized right now!
himself] So the Ethiopian stopped his
chariot right there and they went down into the water – and Philip
baptized him right then and there! He baptized him in the name of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
himself] And then, when I came up
from the water...
[As the Ethiopian, looking around, bewildered] Where'd he go?
Where'd he go?!
himself] Just like that - Philip was
gone! The Holy Spirit took him away!
must have been a little freaky!
I went on my way rejoicing – now I had the joy of the Holy Spirit too!
I brought the Good News all the way to Ethiopia!
the way to the ends of the earth!
what Jesus said, just before he went up into heaven, when he said he would send
the Holy Spirit?
said we would receive power from the Holy Spirit, and we would be his witnesses
in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth!
that's just what's happening!
and I remember now, the prophet Isaiah said the same thing! He said, ‘I will
make you a light to the Gentles, that you will bring my saving grace to the
ends of the earth!
Our God really is a Great God!
[Enter Teacher. She has
goodies - Hostess Twinkies. You'll see why!]
Teacher Well, the Holy
Spirit sure is doing some exciting things!
wants the whole world to know how
much God loves us!
Teacher Oh, and I think
maybe... just maybe... he wanted me to bring you these! [gives them each a
Twinkies! They are delicious... soft yellow cake with a creamy filling!
Sort of like us! ...with the Holy Spirit inside!
Teacher [laughs] Well... maybe! Sort of! But Twinkies haven't been invented
yet... so don't tell anyone!
got more work to do! There are still lots of people who don't know about Jesus!
better get to work!
the Holy Spirit's help!
[They run off]
Teacher There they go
again! They really are letting the Holy Spirit take them wherever he leads!
lib... Just some ideas to consider... I am sure you have better ones!] Do you know what your spirit is? You can't see it or
touch it. It's like it's inside you... but it is you! Your body is always changing – you don't
have the same body you had when you were a baby! But you have the same
spirit. No matter how your body
changes, the same spirit is there - it's the part of you that will go to heaven
– and get a new body!
Your spirit is the part of you that makes you you.
Holy Spirit is kind of like that – The Holy Spirit is God, like your
spirit is you. And when we believe in Jesus, God's Holy Spirit comes to us
– it joins with our spirit [fingers intertwined] and lives in us, and with us.
the Holy Spirit wants to tell the world how much God loves us – and how
Jesus died so we can live with him forever.
Holy Spirit wants every single person to know Jesus!
because you can't see or hear the Holy Spirit, he needs our help! He needs our
feet and our voices! He needs us to go out into the world and tell everyone
needs your voice to tell the
people you know about Jesus!
Holy Spirit will show you how – if you let him!
then some amazing things can happen!
A Couple of
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Says the Lord, "It is too small a thing for you
to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel
I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring
my salvation to the ends of the earth."
© 2011 Paul Dallgas-Frey