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006. A Bedtime Prayer Turns into a Surprising Conversation

The Lord’s Prayer, about 5 minutes, from Matthew 6:9-13

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
Oscar
           Line up chairs to represent a bed
Voice
            Keep off to one side, speak loudly and slowly.
Prompter
      Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it.
Echoes
          Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script

Oscar

(Stand and stretch) Time for bed. It’s been a long day.
(
Start to lie down on the chairs)

Prompter & Echoes

You forgot something!

Oscar

Oh! My bedtime prayer.
(
Sit up and fold your hands in an attitude of prayer)
Our Father

Voice

(Interrupt. Speak loudly and slowly) Yes?

Oscar

(Jerk your head around looking for the speaker, then shrug)
Our Father

Voice

(Interrupt) Yes, my son? What did you want to say to me?

Oscar

(Look around again, scratch your head) Who is that?

Prompter & Echoes

Who spoke?

Voice

To whom were you speaking?

Oscar

No one. I was just saying my prayers.

Voice

Then to whom were you saying your prayers?

Oscar

To our Heavenly Father.
Oh! Ah… Oh, no!
Ah… Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name

Voice

(Interrupt) Do you know what the word “hallowed” means?

Oscar

Ah… no. It’s what they taught me to pray.

Voice

It means to respect me above all,
and enter my presence devoutly, with fear.

Oscar

Well, I have plenty of fear right now.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Voice

(Interrupt) Do you know what a kingdom really is?

Oscar

Yeah… We gotta obey a king’s commands.

Prompter & Echoes

Or he will zap us!

Voice

My Son Jesus is your King, and you will obey his commands. Continue.

Oscar

Right. Give us today, our daily bread…

Voice

(Interrupt) I already gave that to you.
Do you not have other needs?

Oscar

Yes. I need a job.
I also need your help to tell my friends about Jesus.

Voice

Then, ask me for that, as a child would.

Prompter & Echoes

Simply ask!

Oscar

Dear Father, I need a job, and power to testify for Jesus.
Ah…
And forgive us our debts...
Um…
Forgive us our debts… Ah…

Voice

(Allow a pause) Finish the sentence.

Oscar

(Mumble rapidly and softly)
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Voice

(Interrupt) I did not hear you.
Repeat it more clearly, my son.

Oscar

I am afraid to. I know what you will say. Well… Okay.
Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors,
and lead us…

Voice

Wait! Have you forgiven your friend Alex?

Oscar

I will. Someday…
Well…
Okay. I forgive him now!
And I will ask his forgiveness tomorrow.
Ah…
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Voice

(Interrupt) Why do you ask for protection from the evil one?

Oscar

Because without your power and pardon,
I cannot resist Satan’s false lures.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.

Prompter & Echoes

Amen!