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Lenten Series

Looking for Shenkman   Featured

Richard Kratzke

Looking for Shenkman is a story of one man looking for faith and finding it, and another man not looking for it but finding he cannot escape the questions of faith. As each 3 to 5 minute drama unfolds, Mr. Shenkman finds his faith and realizes what he must do with it, ending with his last appearance before his death in week 5. At the same time, his Counselor becomes more opinionated against Shenkman’s faith. It is a confrontation with Shenkman’s wife and the homeless man, whom Shenkman dies for, which brings up the final, question we all, must face, “whom are you looking for”?

*Dramas may be used to accompany the study written by Eric Burtness; Book of Faith, Lenten Journey, Beyond Question; published by Augsburg Fortress.

Tags: Beyond QuestionLentGood FridayEaster

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Maundy Thursday

Mary Wonders about Judas   Featured

Richard Kratzke

I wrote this short monologue at the request of our youth director who was looking for a way to address the person of Judas for the confirmation class. I thought it would be more interesting to look at Judas from the point of view not his own. This script brings up aspects of Judas as Mary Magdalene might have seen them. The intent is for a small audience, but it could easily be performed for a large congregation. The language is left fairly modern, since the intent is to communicate to youth. It is only a few minutes long, making it easy to have someone of almost any age act the part.

Tags: LentYouth

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Maundy Thursday

Judas Iscariot   Featured

Richard Kratzke

This monologue opens with Judas Iscariot sitting at a table with the disciples as Jesus announces his upcoming betrayal. All of Judas' justifications for his actions fall flat as he can no longer deny the deadly mistake he made.

Tags: ChurchLentThe PassionGethsemaneHoly WeekGood FridayMaundy Thursday

Scriptures: Matt 26:17-25, 47-56Matt 27:3-10Mark 14:18-21Luke 22:1-6, 21-23, 47-53John 13:2, 18-30John 18:1-11

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Church

Baby Faith

Richard Kratzke

As adults, sometimes we have a problem with just believing. Having faith like a child can be quite difficult. This script provides a humorous look at the faith of babies.

Tags: FaithPrayer

Scriptures: Exodus 20:22

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Comedy

Bad News

Richard Kratzke

Vincent is depressed after watching, listening and reading all of the bad news in the media. He has reached the point of "bad news overload", and shut himself off from the outside world. His friend, Hope, comes to see how he is doing and helps him to see the light.

Tags: NewsHopePersonal Action

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Comedy

Get It Done?

Richard Kratzke

The Vision Council of the "All Inclusive American Christian Church" Battles about how best to address the problem of hunger, and poverty throughout the world. They battle but decide to table the discussion until next month.

Tags: HungerPovertyTaking ActionChurch Action

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Christmas

Grump and the Bell Ringer

Richard Kratzke

Amid all of the present buying, caroling, and decorating it is easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. A cheerful holiday bell ringer and a grumpy passerby exchange words about the real meaning of the season, leaving both with a better understanding of what this season is all about and how Christ fulfills the longing in our hearts.

Tags: True MeaningBell Ringer

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Church

It's Only Water

Richard Kratzke

Sometimes we don't realize the gifts we have or know how to use them to help others. This sketch shows how sometimes it's as simple as giving away a bottle of water to quench the thirst of a stranger in need.

Tags: GiftsFinding Your GiftParable of the Talents

Scriptures: Matthew 25:14-30Luke 19:12-28

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Church

John Doe

Richard Kratzke

In this monologue, John Doe struggles with his attempts to be someone special. He longs to be someone who stands out from the crowd, but is faced with the fact that he is just average. How could God use someone like him?

Tags: Being Average

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Church

NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)

Richard Kratzke

Joan has just spent the last few months working on a grant application to start a program to help prisoners re-enter society, a half-way house. Today, she received notice that her project will receive full funding by the Spector Foundation, and is now on her way to start getting the house ready. She meets her friend, Scott, on the street and can hardly contain herself with the news. The problem is that the location of the half-way house is only two doors down from Scott's house.

Tags: PrisonHalf-way HouseRedemption

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Church

Small Talk

Richard Kratzke

This is a script on The Great Commission that I wrote for a confirmation class. The parallel between the two presented storylines suggests the critical nature of the information Christians possess. Others need to hear the truth we have inside of us.

Tags: Evangelism

Scriptures: Matthew 28: 16-20

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Memorial Day

So What's This Freedom For

Richard Kratzke

This sketch is perfect for a Memorial Day service. While visiting the gravesites of loved ones, two characters discuss the power of freedom and the importance of giving. Their brief conservation helps cultivate an understanding of these two important things.

Tags: FreedomSecular

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Christmas

St. Nick and the Christmas Shopper

Richard Kratzke

A frazzled Christmas shopper bumps into the real Saint Nick and mistakes him for Santa Clause. As Saint Nick patiently explains the difference to the shopper, the true meaning of giving is revealed. Saint Nick encourages the man to think beyond himself and consider the ways he could help meet the needs of people around him.

Tags: True MeaningSt. NickSanta Clause

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Holy Hilarity Sunday

Sven and Ole – Holy Hilarity Intro

Richard Kratzke

This is a humorous way to get into the Holy Hilarity Service (if you don't have a potluck afterward). Bent toward the north country, it could be adjusted for almost anywhere. Sven and Ole are about to do the entire church service, but the pastor has to cut in and take things over.

Tags: HumorousChurch

Scriptures: John 20:19-31

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Christmas

The Late Magi

Richard Kratzke

A fourth wiseman, delayed in his quest to find God's chosen king, is surprised by what he finds at the end of his journey. After declaring himself the servant of the infant he encounters, the wiseman realizes he might just have what the little one needs.

Tags: Flight into EgyptGifts

Scriptures: Matthew 2:13-14

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Mercy

The Proposal

Richard Kratzke

Sometimes the most difficult thing about love is learning how to accept it from people around us. This thought-provoking script challenges listeners by showcasing the turmoil and confusion that result from having simply knowledge of love rather than letting love into one's heart.

Tags: SecularLoveTrust

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Comedy

The Spirit of the Thing

Richard Kratzke

Sometimes it's easier to see the world around us as simply black and white, but it's often not so clear cut when it comes to viewing other people and understanding the motivations behind their actions. This courtroom-based sketch is easy to put together, with minimal memorization required from actors.

Tags: ChurchHumorJudgmentLaw

Scriptures: Galatians 5Matt 7:1John 7:15-24Rom 2:1-3Rom 14:10-13

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Lent Series

The Sven and Ole Show

Richard Kratzke

This humorous sketch is structured to take place over a six-week period. Each week, Scandinavian characters Sven and Ole teach their audience about a different subject. Weekly themes include: love, community, resentment and forgiveness, admitting our mistakes, meeting the needs of others, and worship. This drama series was originally performed for Lent, but it could be done any time of year. It can accompany Willow Creek's "40 Days of Community" series. There is a song that goes along with week six called "Pretty Good with My Soul."

Tags: ChurchLentSven and Ole

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Easter Sunday

The Uprising Understood

Richard Kratzke

A centurion captain tries to put together the implications of the events of the last few days concerning Jesus, with the added information of the resurrection.

Tags: EasterJesusHoly Week

Scriptures: Matt 8:5-13Matt 27:62-66Matt 28:1-4Matt 28:11-15Mark 15:37-39Luke 7:1-10Luke 23:47-49John 19:31-37

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Holy Hilarity Sunday

Thomas' Instant Faith Message

Richard Kratzke

A modern day Thomas finds he is getting instant messages on his phone from Jesus, but seeing is not believing, so after the line, "Show me a sign", Jesus kills his phone. A humorous way to go into the "doubting Thomas" text.

Tags: HumorousDoubting ThomasChurchMonologue

Scriptures: John 20:19-31

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Good Friday

Waiting for Another Miracle

Richard Kratzke

Thomas and Martha dispute with a Bystander near the foot of the cross. Martha is almost in shock, the Bystander mocks Jesus but then has a change of faith as Jesus dies. Thomas’s faith holds strong until the very end when he realizes that Jesus is really dead.

Tags: Holy WeekDoubting ThomasMarthaThe PassionThe CrucifixionGolgatha

Scriptures: Matt 27:32-56Mark 14:27-28Mark 15:6-47Luke 23:26-49John 19:17-37

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Church

Waiting For The Call

Richard Kratzke

Confused about how to serve God, Harry has taken to sitting by his phone waiting for a phone call from Jesus. An encounter with a caring friend helps him see that he might already have his own unique way to minister to the people in his life. All he needed was a little help to find the treasure God placed inside of him.

Tags: GiftsTalents

Scriptures: Matt 25:14-30

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Church

What to Do With Weeds

Richard Kratzke

The sermon for the week was to be about how sin, like weeds, infiltrates our lives on a constant basis. If we are not vigilant, it will soon run rampant. The scripture reference is the parable of the sower and seed.

Tags: Sin

Scriptures: James 1:15

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Holy Hilarity Sunday

What's the Joke, Mary?

Richard Kratzke

Thomas has a hard time believing that Jesus has risen from the dead, and is appalled that Peter, James, and Mary are sitting around telling Jesus Jokes!

Tags: Doubting ThomasChurch

Scriptures: John 20:24-29

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