Angels On Assignment

BY KATREANA GRIGGS

COPYRIGHT KATREANA GRIGGS, 2008

 

   

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ANGELS ON ASSIGNMENT

 

BY KATREANA GRIGGS

 

COPYRIGHTKATREANA GRIGGS, 2008

 

ďAngels On AssignmentĒtells the story of the events that led up to the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.It tells of the excitement and participation that the angels of heaven might have felt about this holy event.

 

CAST:

Narrator†††††††††††††††† Fred††††††††††††††††††††††† Shepherd 2††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Choir

Michael†††††††††††††††† Rachael†††††††††††††††† Shepherd 3

Gabriel†††††††††††††††††† Mary††††††††††††††††††††† Wise Man 1

George†††††††††††††††††† Joseph††††††††††††††††††† Wise Man 2

Sue†††††††††††††††††††††††† Shepherd 1††††††††††† Wise Man 3

 

Total cast is 15, plus choir.To make the cast larger, you can add extras to the angels and shepherds.To make the cast smaller, the narration can be taped, and some of the angels can double as shepherds or asWise Men.

 

SETTINGS:

For this program, the stage is divided into two sections.The left side is a backdrop of starlit sky.The right side is a backdrop of an interior made of stoneand wood.

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCENE 1

 

SETTING:This scene is in heaven, and the stage is set up on the left.The backdrop is the starry night.

 

PROPS:Use an easily lifted podium as the main prop.Angels carry trumpets, other musical instruments, and sheet music.Michael carries papers and a feather pen.

 

CAST:Michael, Gabriel, George, Sue, Fred, Rachael and Choir

 

LIGHTS ON

 

(All angels enter singing.Suggested song is Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty.Michael moves to podium.All other angels stand together.)

 

MICHAEL:Good.Youíre all here.I think we can get this meeting started now.As we all know, the time of the blessed event has come.Jesus, the Son of God, is to enter the world as a man in order to save the people from their sins.Gabriel has already been sent to Zechariah to tell him that his wife, Elizabeth will be having a son.Gabriel, why donít you give us a report on the arrival of John.

 

GABRIEL:†† (walks to Michael, turns to angels)The announcement was a success.When I appeared to Zechariah in the temple, he was quite fearful of me.He even doubted that he and Elizabeth could have a child because they were old.

 

MICHAEL:What did you say then?

 

GABRIEL:I told Zechariah that my name was Gabriel and that I stand in the presence of God.I went on the say that I was sent to tell him of the child that he will name John.And because he didnít believe me, he would not be able to speak until the day it happens.(walks back to group)

 

MICHAEL:Excellent.Then the chain of events for the forerunner of Christ has been set in motion.John, who will be known as John the Baptist, will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.And he will make ready a people prepared for the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, as was prophesied.

 

EVERYONE:(with enthusiasm) To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever! Amen!

 

MICHAEL:Now, itís time to give out the rest of the assignments.Gabriel, you will be giving the good news to Mary.(shuffles papers)George,you have been selected to go to the shepherds, who have been chosen to hear the news of our Saviorís birth.Congratulations, angel.

 

(All angles clap.George looks surprised and excited.)

 

MICHAEL:George, this is a most important assignment.I know that youíll do a great job.

 

GEORGE:Thank you, sir.

 

(Fred and Sue pat George on the back.)

 

MICHAEL:Sue, this next mission is for you.

 

SUE: (points to herself.)For me?

 

MICHAEL:Yes.You will attending Joseph.Remember to use discretion, and handle him gently.

 

SUE:Yes, sir.Thank you, sir.

 

MICHAEL:Congratulation, angel.

 

(Angels clap.)

 

FRED: (pats Sue on the back.)Congratulations, Sue.

 

SUE:Thanks, Fred.Iím so excited.

 

MICHAEL: (shuffles papers) Also, I need a volunteer to warn the Wise Men not to return to Herod.

 

(All angels raise their hands.)

 

MICHAEL:Uh, letís see.Rachael, why donít you take this assignment. (writes on paper)

 

RACHAEL:Oh yes, sir.Thank you, sir.

 

MICHAEL:Congratulations, angel.

 

(Angles all clap.)

 

MICHAEL:George, Iím sending the Angels Choir, Level 1, to go with you.Those shepherds will probably need extra encouragement.(writes on paper)Alright.I believe thatís all for right now.If anyone has any questions, please come and see me.Youíre dismissed.

 

(Everyone talks excitedly and exits stage.Fred, Sue, George and Michael stay.Fred walks to Michael.)

 

MICHAEL(looks up from papers)Yes, Fred.Did you have a question?

 

FRED:Well, sir.I didnít get an assignment, and Iím not part of the Angels Choir, Level 1.Did you have somethingfor me to do?

 

MICHAEL: (puts hand on Fredís shoulder) Sorry, Fred.Not this time.Maybe the next time I get the assignments, there will be a job in there for you.Ifthere is, I will personally send for you.

 

(Michael pats Fredís shoulder and exits stage, taking paper and pen.)

 

(George and Sue walk over to Fred.Fred looks sad.)

 

GEORGE:Donít be sad, Fred.Iím sure youíll get yourfirst assignment soon.Just be patient.

 

SUE:Georgeís right.Michael will put in a good word for you.Iím sure youíll get an assignment soon.

 

FRED: I really wanted to be a part of the coming of Jesus.(sighs loudly) Well, like Michael said, maybe next time.

 

(All exit stage.)

 

LIGHTS OUT

 

(Stage hands remove podium while lights are out.)

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCENE 2

 

SETTING:This scene is the angel, Gabriel coming to tell Mary the good news.The stage used will be the one on the right side, with a background of an interior with stone and wood.Mary is sitting in a chair, with a cot beside her, working on a basket of sewing.

 

PROPS:A chair, a cot and a basket of sewing.

 

CAST:Narrator, Gabriel, Mary, Soloist(Mary can also be soloist)

 

LIGHTS ON

 

NARRATOR:In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of David.The virginís name was Mary.

 

(Gabriel enters.Mary sees Gabriel, drops her sewing.Looks very frightened.Falls to a kneeling position, with her head down.)

 

GABRIEL:Greetings, you who are highly favored!The Lord is with you. (helps Mary to stand)Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High.The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

 

MARY:How will this be, since I am a virgin?

 

GABRIEL:The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.Even Elizabeth, your relative, is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren, is in her sixth month.For nothing is impossible with God.

 

MARY:I am the Lordís servant.May it be to me as you have said.

 

(Gabriel exits.)

 

MARY:Can this really be?Will all that the angel told me come true?(lifts hands up)My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me.Holy is His name.

 

(Soloist enters or Mary sings.Suggested song is Take My Life and Let It Be.)

 

LIGHTS OUT

 

(Have Mary carry out the sewing basket.)

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCENE 3

 

SETTING:This scene is the angel, Sue coming to Joseph in a dream.The same backdrop will be used as Scene 2.Joseph is sitting on the cot when lights come on.

 

PROPS:The chair and cot will be used.Sue will carry a trumpet(can be a toy).

 

CAST:Narrator, Joseph, Sue, George

 

LIGHTS ON

 

NARRATOR:This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together , she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

 

JOSEPH: (moans loudly, gets up and starts pacing) I canít believe it!†† I just canít believe it!(stops pacing) She seemed like such a nice girl.I was told that she was godly and righteous.Mary would havemade aperfect wife.What am I going to do?(resumes pacing)(stops) A baby!Sheís going to have a baby!Well, I canít let this get out.Sheís so young.She wonít be able to handle the public disgrace.The townspeople will probably stone her.

 

JOSEPH:(sits on cot)I know.Iíll divorce Mary.But, it will have to be quietly.No one must know why.Iíll go see some old friends tomorrow.Maybe, they can help me out.(yawns)Iím so tired.Iíve gone over this a thousand times in my mind.A divorce is the best way to protect Mary.

 

(Joseph lays down and sleeps)

 

(Sue and George enter and walk over to Joseph)

 

SUE:Thanks for stopping by, George.

 

GEORGE:No problem.I had a little time before I had to make my appearance to the shepherds.(pointing to Joseph)Looks like you have to give Joseph a change of heart.

 

SUE:Yes.Remember, Michael told me to treat him gently.What do you suggest I do to get his attention?

 

GEORGE:Hmm.I donít think a clap of thunder, or a sharp flash of lightning is the way to go.

 

SUE:Well, how about a burst of trumpet music?(holds trumpet up)That can be very effective.

 

GEORGE:Yes, thatís true.There is nothing like the sweet sound of a trumpet.But, perhaps this isnít the place for that.

 

SUE:What about just a very bright light to wake him up?

 

GEORGE:That might work.Iím new to this myself.But, you donít want to scare Joseph.He might faint.

 

SUE:Youíre right.I didnít think of that.

 

GEORGE:Well, Sue.Iím afraid that itís time for me to go now.Iím sure that you will pick just the right way to deliver your message.

 

SUE:Thanks for the vote of confidence.

 

(George exits.)

 

SUE:Subtle.I need to be subtle.(snaps fingers)I know! Iíll tell Joseph now, while heís sleeping.†† He wonít be frightened that way. (turns to Joseph)

 

SUE:Joseph.

 

(Joseph tosses head)

 

SUE:Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife.What is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.(touches Joseph on the head)

 

SUE:There.Now he will know what to do.Mission accomplished.

 

LIGHTS OUT

 

(Stage hands take out cot and chair when lights go out)

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCENE 4

 

SETTING:This scene is the angel, George coming to the shepherds, along with the choir.This scene is played on the left side of the stage, the same as Scene 1.The backdrop will be the starry night.All shepherds will be on stage, some can be sitting.

 

PROPS:Shepherds can have tall poles or sticks and one or two can carry a bag.Cut outs of sheep can be carried or stuck on the starry backdrop.

 

CAST:Narrator, George, Shepherd 1, Shepherd 2, Shepherd 3, any additional shepherds, choir

 

LIGHTS ON

 

NARRATOR:And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.

 

SHEPHERD 1: Are you ready to eat?

 

SHEPHERD 2:Not yet, IÖ

 

(George enters) (Shepherds act frightened.All get on their knees.)

 

GEORGE:Do not be afraid.

 

(Shepherds stand.)

 

GEORGE:I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.This will be a sign to you;you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

 

(Choir enter)

 

GEORGE AND CHOIR:Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rest.

 

(Choir sings.Suggested song is Angels We Have Heard On High.)

 

(George and Choir exit.)

 

SHEPHERD 1:That was incredible!Did you just see what I just saw?

 

(All shepherds nod their heads)

 

SHEPHERD 2:I donít know about youguys, but I have got to go see this.

 

SHEPHERD 3:What do we do about the flock?Our father will be very angry with us if we just drop everything and head off to Bethlehem.

 

SHEPHERD 1:When our father hears that a host of angels came to tell us that the long awaited Messiah has been born, I think he will agree with us.

 

SHEPHERD 2:Heís right.

 

SHEPHERD 3:Why do you suppose the angels came to us?Weíre nobody, just poor shepherds.You would think that the angels would appear to the high priest instead of us.

 

SHEPHERD 1:It is strange.There must be a reason why we were told this miraculous news.We should go as soon as we can.

 

SHEPHERD 2:Letís all go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.

 

SHEPHERD 3:Yes, letís go see this child.

 

(Shepherds exit)

 

LIGHTS OUT

 

 

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SETTING:This scene will be the manger scene.This scene will be played on the right side of the stage.The backdrop is the same as Scene 2 and 3.Incorporate a star on the backdrop.Mary will be holding a doll in a blanket.Mary and Joseph are already on set when lights go on.Wise Men and Shepherds can enter in from different sides, or down the church isles.

 

PROPS:The props are a manger with hay.These can be put in as Scene 4 is playing.Josephhas a staff.The Wise Men each carry elaborate jars and boxes for gifts.The Shepherds can be carrying the same props as in Scene 4, minus the sheep.

 

CAST:Narrator, Mary, Joseph, Wise Man 1, Wise Man 2, Wise Man 3, Shepherd 1, Shepherd 2, Shepherd 3, George, Sue, Gabriel, Rachael, Choir/or Soloist, any extra Wise Men or Shepherds

 

LIGHTS ON

 

NARRATOR:In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.And everyone went to his own town to register.So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David.He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth toher firstborn, a son.She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

(All Wise Men enter with gifts.Mary puts doll in manger, and sits.)

 

WISE MAN 1:(steps up to manger)We are Magi from the east.Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?We saw his star and have come to worship him.

 

(Joseph points to manger.)

 

WISE MAN 1:I have brought him a gift of gold. (puts gift down by manger, steps to the side and kneels)

 

WISE MAN 2:(steps up to manger) I have brought the King a gift of frankincense. (puts gift down by manger, steps to the side and kneels)

 

WISE MAN 3: (steps up to manger) I have brought the King a gift of myrrh. (puts gift down by manger, steps to the side and kneels)

 

(All shepherds enter and kneel.George, Sue, Gabriel and Rachael enter, remain standing)

 

(Soloist or choir enter and sing.Suggested song is O Holy Night)

 

LIGHTS OUT

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCENE 6

 

SETTING:This is the final scene set in heaven.The same backdrop can be used as was used in Scene 1.

Michael is already on the stage, reading papers in his hand.

 

PROPS:Michael has papers and feather pen.

 

CAST:Michael, Fred

 

LIGHTS ON

 

(Fred enters)

 

FRED:You called for me, sir?

 

MICHAEL:(looks up from papers) Yes, Fred.I did.The blessed event that was prophesied of the coming of the Messiah has been fulfilled.All the angels did a wonderful job.

 

FRED:Yes, they did.I just wish that I could have played an important part in it, like Gabriel, George and Sue.

 

MICHAEL:I know you did, Fred.

 

FRED:If youíd let me, I could still give service to our Lord.I could keep watch over the shepherds or I couldÖ

 

MICHAEL:Fred. Fred.Do you remember when I told you that I would send for you if I had an assignment for you?

 

FRED:Yes, I remember.

 

MICHAEL:Well, Iíve heard of a very special assignment that I think would be perfect for you.

 

FRED:You have?

 

MICHAEL:(puts his arm around Fredís should) (They walk slowly to the exit.)How good are you at rolling stones?

 

FRED:Stones, sir?

 

MICHAEL:Yes, Fred.Thereís this really big stone in front of a tomb that I think weíre going to need your help with.

 

(They walk offstage.)

 

LIGHTS OUT

 

The service can end with the cast and audience singing the song, Joy To The World.

 

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